Here’s how to make a DIY pantry using an IKEA Billy Bookcase! This is an easy and inexpensive way to add a pantry space to any house, even if you don’t have much room.
This post is not sponsored by IKEA in any way. I am just very happy with my pantry hack and wanted to share it with you!
When Andrew and I were house hunting this summer, I quickly realized that a lot of the houses we were looking at didn’t have a designated pantry. I started to brainstorm ways to add a pantry and figured that IKEA might have a solution.
We ended up buying one of those houses that didn’t have a pantry. We do have a nice sized laundry room just off the kitchen, so I decided that would be a good spot to add a pantry. I did some research and decided that a Billy bookcase would work great!
What You Will Need To Make an IKEA Billy Bookcase Pantry
To make this pantry, I went to IKEA and bought this white Billy bookcase and two Oxberg Panel/Glass doors. I also grabbed eight of the 44oz 365+ Food Storage Containers and two of the Byholma Baskets.
I picked the Oxford doors because I think it makes for a really pretty pantry! I used the top half for items I don’t mind being displayed, and then put all the boxes, cans and jars in the bottom half.
What makes the Billy Bookcase such a great pantry is how easily you can customize it. The single bookcase like this is plenty of room for a family of two, but if you have the space you could easily add a second one right next to it. You can also adjust the shelves anytime based on the products you keep in your pantry.
How to Organize Your Pantry
The 365+ food storage containers have been great for storing my dry goods! The also have a bigger size that I might upgrade to someday, but for now the 44 oz containers hold enough for us. I picked up some chalkboard labels at the craft store to write down what was in each container.
I saw the Byholma baskets in a display at IKEA and couldn’t resist! They are great for storing vegetables or random items.
I made my bottom shelf the tallest so that I could keep bigger items there, and then made the next two a little bit smaller for bottles, cans and boxes.
Because the pantry is so shallow, I can always find what I’m looking for quickly. Nothing gets hidden all the way in the back!
We have been so happy with our new pantry! It’s been the perfect space to keep everything neat and organized. I’m excited to share it with you today and hope you found some inspiration!
4 Year Update!
I always love hearing an update on how other bloggers are enjoying their projects several years down the road so I thought I would share an update for this pantry!
We used this pantry for 4 years until we moved into a new house that had a built-in pantry already. The IKEA Billy Bookcase worked perfectly as a pantry for us for those 4 years.
Over the years I rearranged it and changed the heights of the shelves several times to adapt it to our needs. The fact that you can change the height of the shelves is so helpful! Because the shelves are shallow, it’s easy to keep items organized and I never lost items in the back of the pantry like I do now with deeper shelves.
It was also easy to keep clean. Every few months I would take everything out of the pantry and wipe down the shelves. If the doors or sides of the pantry got dirty, it was easy to clean them with a wet rag or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.