Bulk storage ideas for a new kitchen?
Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:21 PM
Wheat buckets by debunix, on Flickr
I use them to store the wheat I buy in 50 pound sacks, for grinding in my small electric mill. They're very useful, keep any contamination or bugs isolated to one bucket at a time, and are quite sturdy for stacking up. But they're not at all pretty.
I remember my sister had a neat-looking antique Hoosier cabinet, that was designed to store some bulk flour and sugar handy to the baking counter, and now I'm wondering about other more attractive storage solutions that would also keep bugs that come in with one batch from contaminating another, without necessarily having to be fully air-tight, just tight fitted; permit me to scoop out the grain for weighing before milling, a little at a time, rather than have to try to control the flow of grain from an elevated bulk box/tube/whatever; and it would be endlessly cool if it was sufficiently transparent to really show off the beauty of the grain.
The kitchen is currently furnished with maple cabinets in a plain modern style, which will stay, but the rest of it is currently in flux, so that's about the only design element I need to match at present:
Kitchen - 08 by debunix, on Flickr
Any ideas out there?
Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:55 PM
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:59 PM
Our spare bedroom is our Back-up storage!! Works just fine..
The storeroom is already going to have to hold a lot of stuff, and it's downstairs. I want to put the entire volume of the grain sacks into storage as they arrive, and there really is nowhere else on the upper floor. In my current kitchen I haven't worried so much about the appearance.
Would it be possible to build an island and use the underside of the island for bulk storage?
I could do something like that, or to put it in the kickspace under a standing-height work/eating counter. I can't do an island unless I move the front door, but that is definitely a possibility right now.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:51 AM
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:02 PM
Maybe putting a false front on one of the lower cabinets, complete with a false toe-kick, and finding a set of wheels/dollies for under the containers would work? You could pull them out to clean under them, and not have to worry so much about hoisting a full one.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:08 PM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 08:33 AM
I have the Cambro contianers. They do take up space. I have a pantry closet and keep them on the bottom shelf. I have three 10-pound containers and five 5-pound containers. They fit on one shelf.
(Asking because I see many different types of containers from Cambro, some like what I've already got.)
Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:50 AM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 10:12 AM
My wish here would be for a way to turn wall o'buckets into a really pretty wooden or wooden and glass cabinet/box/bin/something, and I'm content with the buckets until I can (1) afford to do something special and (2) figure out what that will be. I've gotten lots of great ideas here for possible whats, but it's going to be a while before the budgeting is clear. I just spoke to the contractor today about several additional items that may add quite a bit to the final budget....