By Dallas Stevens
By Gen Cohen
Pantries can be tricky spaces to decorate and use efficiently. Some of us are blessed with having a full-size pantry just off the kitchen, while others have to get creative, using a corner of the kitchen as a makeshift pantry. But whatever your pantry situation, creating a space that's organized, useful, and (of course) pretty, takes a bit of ingenuity and thinking outside the box. Try some of these great Ikea pantry hacks for upgrading your pantry!
Knuff magazine holders are the perfect way to store those awkward items like freezer bags, cling wrap, and parchment paper. You can even mount them yourself to free up drawer space and keep everything you need close at hand.
If you don't have very much storage in your pantry, these built-ins using Billy bookshelves are the perfect way to maximize your pantry space. They're not too deep, so they don't extend into too much of your space, but they make amazing use of an empty wall.
Ikea products are perfect if you love that Scandinavian, minimalist, or modern style, but they don't always appeal to the modern-farmhouse aesthetic. But with a bit of elbow grease, you can turn simple Bekväm shelves into rustic spice racks.
The Förhöja kitchen cart is a staple in many kitchens and pantries, adding more drawer and shelving space without a huge footprint. With a few style upgrades, you can take the classic cart and turn it into a beautiful pantry cart for everyday items like coffee.
This Ikea hack really shows you what you can do with a simple piece of furniture and a lot of imagination. An Ikea Rast chest of drawers is transformed from a bedroom staple into the ideal storage solution for vegetables, potatoes, and other pantry essentials.
Give basic storage containers a bit of personality, all while keeping your dry-food goods neatly arranged, fresh, and protected from critters. This hack takes Korken jars and makes them look pretty while keeping your dry goods more identifiable.
There's nothing better than using fresh herbs in your meals . . . except maybe having them so close at hand! Whip up this colorful herb container garden using an Ikea Socker plant stand and pots. Keep it in your pantry or on your kitchen counter, and fill it with all of your favorite herbs.
By Gen Cohen
If you're seeking solace from the sweltering heat by camping out in your air-conditioned home, then your comfort might be short-lived and replaced by a different type of misery when the electric bill arrives. Luckily, we have a trick to keep the sweltering heat from withering your wallet this Summer: install a ceiling fan. That's right, a basic ceiling fan (like this $35 model at Home Depot) can decrease your air-conditioning bill by up to a whopping 40 percent. Mr. Handyman told POPSUGAR that ceiling fans help circulate the cool air more efficiently, allowing the air conditioner to do more with less energy.
"The use of a ceiling fan in an average-sized room can allow homeowners to raise the thermostat about four degrees without feeling any change in temperature," Mr. Handyman said. To amplify the cooling effects even more, he recommends switching the fan to a counterclockwise direction in the Summer, as this will push the air directly down. Now that's some cool knowledge!