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Storage cupboards can be found in almost every household. How and for what they are to be used is not mandatory. Whether for food, household supplies or even clothing, the cupboards are well developed and offer storage space for every good. The question is, however, which storage cupboard is suitable for which goods?

In our storage cupboard test 2021 we have compared different types of cupboards to make your purchase decision as easy as possible. Once you have seen the pull-out storage cupboards and the conventional cupboards with shelves, you can make up your own mind about which cupboard suits you best.

The most important thing

  • A storage cupboard helps you to have the best order, especially in your kitchen. However, not only food is stored here, but also household utensils.
  • A distinction is made between conventional cupboards with fixed shelves and those with pull-out compartments. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Storage cupboards come in almost all sizes. They are easy to fit into any room.

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Storage cupboards: buying and evaluation criteria

In the following paragraph, we will show you which criteria you can use to decide which storage cabinet is best for you. You should pay attention to the following things when buying a storage cabinet:

We explain what exactly is meant by the individual criteria.


Of course, you should think about how much space you have in the respective room before buying. Most of the time, this room is the kitchen. Therefore, it is advantageous to measure the kitchen, note down the data and then see which cupboard fits best.

Typically, tall cupboards are used as storage cupboards. Their height varies between 140 and 220 cm. The depth of most tall cabinets is about 60 cm and the width varies from 30 to 120 cm.

If you are mainly looking for a larder unit for the kitchen, you can of course also have a base or wall unit installed. On average, these are smaller than tall cabinets and therefore take up less space.


Before buying, it is important to determine what you want to store in the cupboard. Based on this, you can estimate how much interior space is needed.

If a cupboard looks large from the outside, this does not necessarily mean that it has all the more space on the inside.

The volume of storage cupboards ranges from about 0.50 to 2.20 m³, the latter being very large cupboards.

If the storage cupboard is to be used for food, especially in the kitchen, we recommend one with a volume of 0.50 to a maximum of 0.60 m³. Larger cupboards of this type are more suitable for larger rooms or for larger stored goods.

For example, you can put a hoover or even an iron in a storage cupboard with a volume of 0.70 m³ or larger.


Cupboards are made of different materials. Of course, you should also think about this before buying a storage cupboard.

Solid wood is a valuable material. Furniture made of this material, also known as solid wood, is made of the same wood through and through. For this reason, they are also much more expensive than other cupboards.

Popular materials include, for example, MDF board. These are used when the surface is to be lacquered or given a decor.

That is, if the cabinet is to have a certain colour and not look like wood. You can find out more about this in the next category.

A slightly cheaper option than MDF is chipboard. They consist of small pieces of wood that are glued and pressed together.

The thin versions are usually used as back panels for the wardrobe. In comparison, the somewhat more expensive MDF boards are denser than chipboard and therefore more stable.


Of course, the colour of a wardrobe depends on its material. As mentioned before, MDF boards are mainly used to give a cabinet a certain colour.

On the one hand, there are the decorative surfaces. These are usually glued-on surfaces made of plastic or very thin paper.

These can, of course, take on any colour you want and thus integrate into any of your rooms. Of course, colour plays a major role when buying a storage cupboard. Especially if it is intended for the kitchen.

If you insist on wood patterns, you are on the right side with a veneer. Veneer is a thin layer of wood that is glued onto other wood. It is used, for example, to make less valuable wood look more valuable.

Veneers can be from 0.5 to 8 millimetres thick.

The colour of a cabinet varies from light to dark and from glossy to matt. You can have just about any colour in any shape on your cabinet.

Type of doors

The doors of a storage cabinet are also an important factor, especially when it comes to space. In a kitchen, everyone will probably have room for conventional doors, but it's a different story in a pantry, as long as you don't use open cupboards or shelves.

The conventional door is what we call a swing door. It is attached to the cupboard on one side and opens on the other. However, if the distance between the cupboard and the opposite wall is not too great, a swing door is rather disadvantageous.

In such cases, a sliding door is much more suitable. Sliding doors are mainly used for wider wardrobes with at least two doors. Here, the doors are pushed to the side and disappear into the wardrobe, so to speak.

Another type of door that is particularly suitable for the kitchen and for smaller utensils is the apothecary cupboard. Here, the entire contents of the cupboard are pulled out, which of course requires more strength.

Of course, this feature is also not suitable for narrow spaces. The advantage of the apothecary cupboard is that you have easy access and a very good overview of all the items inside.

Last but not least, there are the swing or folding flaps. These are perfect for wall units in the kitchen. The advantage of these doors is that they are easy to open and close.

They open almost by themselves and usually have a built-in damping system that prevents the door from closing loudly by itself. Pivot and folding doors open upwards, which is why they are well suited for narrower spaces and take up little space when open.

Interior organisation

The conventional storage cupboard usually consists of fixed shelves inside. The advantage of this is that the height of the shelves can be individually determined.

The disadvantages, however, are the removal of the stored goods and the overview of them. Actually, only the first row of items is visible. These are also easy to remove.

But as soon as you want to see or take out the things in the back, you have to dig a little deeper or even take out some things.

The aforementioned apothecary cabinet is a little more convenient, as it provides an overview of all the goods and allows good access to everything.

The storage cupboard with internal drawers also provides a very good overview. Although the overall view is limited here, you have a full view of the entire inventory in the respective drawer.

There is also the door shelf, which can be combined with almost all cupboard types. Here, the cupboard comes towards you when you open it and gives you a good overview of the entire contents. In addition, you have storage space on the inside of the door itself.

Storage cupboards: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following paragraph, we answer the most frequently asked questions about storage cupboards.

What is a larder suitable for?

Storage cupboards are mainly used in the kitchen. Food and other kitchen utensils find their place here.

However, you can also put other items in a storage cupboard. A hoover or cleaning materials are also common items that are stored here.


You can use a storage cupboard just like this in the bathroom. There are also wall cupboards with drawers. (Image source: Sanibell BV / unsplash)

Of course, it is up to you what you want to store in such a cupboard. There are no prescribed rules here, you can store anything from clothes to books or anything else in the storage cupboard.

What types of storage cupboards are there?

There are several types of storage cupboards. We have created a table with advantages and disadvantages for you to get a better idea.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Storage cupboard with shelves Little force needed to open the door, stable shelves, height of individual compartments adjustable, can be positioned against the wall Unclear, difficult to reach goods at the back, difficult to put away and take out at the back
Pharmacist's cabinet Good overall view, access to goods possible from two sides Difficult to open when loaded, stored goods must not be too high, otherwise they cannot be removed, no flexibility in dimensions
Tall cupboard with internal pull-outs Good overall view, flexible dimensions, no great effort required to open the door when loaded, access to the goods from three sides, easy access to all stored goods Two activities when opening (one door, one pull-out), height of the compartments not self-adjustable
Cabinet shelving with door shelving door shelving can also be combined with shelves in the cabinet, positioning on the wall possible, height adjustment of the shelves possible, good overall view of the goods in the shelving difficult to open the door when loaded

The advantage of pull-out cupboards, such as the apothecary cupboard or the cupboard with internal drawers, is the good overview. You can see all the contents at a glance and have perfect access to all stocks. There is no rummaging around in the cupboard.

The cupboard shelf with door shelf is very similar to the storage cupboard with shelves. The only difference here, as the name suggests, is the shelf on the door.

Of course, it's practical that you have just as good access to all the goods in the door. Another advantage is that you don't need too much strength to open the cupboard because you don't have to pull the weight of all the contents because they stay inside.

These conventional cupboards are also a little cheaper than pull-out cupboards. So if you want to save money, we recommend a cupboard with shelves.

How much does a storage cupboard cost?

The price range of storage cupboards is quite wide. Of course, the price also depends on the size. There are storage cupboards with one or more doors. The more, the more expensive. The costs range from around 50 euros to 250 euros.

Type price range
Pull-out wardrobes Approximately 150 to 250 euros
Storage cupboard with shelves Circa 50 to 250 Euro

Pull-out cupboards are more expensive than those with fixed shelves. An apothecary cabinet, for example, costs between 150 and 250 euros.

A classic cabinet with shelves is available for as little as 50 euros. Depending on the quality and size, you can also find some for up to 250 euros.

What are the alternatives to a storage cupboard?

There are different types of cupboards, but the differences are not very great. You don't necessarily have to use a storage cupboard for your supplies. In the following table, we have listed some alternatives for you to see.

Type Description
Wardrobe A wardrobe can also be converted into a storage cupboard. There are also wardrobes with height-adjustable shelves and with pull-outs, even both in one.
Shelf For example, a bookcase, can have the same function as a cupboard for supplies. In this case, it would be open, but still nice to look at if well organised. In addition, it can also be placed in the locked storage room.
Wall shelf A wall shelf, or floating shelf, holds less total load but is super practical for smaller goods. It hangs on the wall and thus takes up hardly any space in the room, plus it looks decorative.

The differences also lie in the size. A suspended shelf is of course much smaller and not suitable for larger quantities of supplies.

Each cupboard has its function, but can still be used for other things. The choice is open to you here.


A wall shelf is a great storage unit and looks great in the kitchen.
(Image source: Gareth Hubbart / unsplash)

For example, you can also simply base your decision on looks and thus decide whether you want a storage cupboard or one of the alternatives.

How do I properly organise a storage cupboard?

In this section we explain step by step how you can best organise your storage cupboard. If you want to rearrange your already filled cupboard, please note all points.

However, if you are buying a new storage cupboard and want to organise it, you can skip the first three points.

  1. Clearing out: The first thing you should do is to completely clear out all your supplies, preferably placing them on a large surface so that you have a good view of everything
  2. Throw away expired items: The next step is to clean out. Check all products for expiry dates and get rid of anything you're sure you won't use again. This will save you a lot of space.
  3. Clean up: The last step before putting things away is cleaning. Make sure each compartment is properly clean and there is no food or dust residue inside.
  4. Categorise: Now you can focus on the individual contents. It is best to divide each drawer or shelf into a category. Possible categories are, for example, pasta, rice, muesli or tinned food.
  5. Decanting: To save more space and create a better overview, you can remove all food from the packaging and decant it into jars or other containers that you have labelled.
  6. Putting away: After you have labelled and filled up each container, you can now put them away in their respective compartments and enjoy your beautiful order!

Even if it seems tedious, it will be worth it in the end. You'll be surprised how much easier it is to cook once you've got your kitchen in order.

What do I do if there are bugs in the pantry?

Often, especially where there is a lot of food, you will find small pests. However, these unwanted guests can be avoided if you pay attention to a few points.

Especially food like flour or rice should be stored in a cool and dry place. If your storage cupboard is in a storeroom, make sure it is well ventilated.

If this is not the case, mould will form if the room or cupboard becomes too damp. Mould attracts vermin very readily.

Regularly check the contents of your cupboard for bugs.

The individual containers not only help to keep things tidy, but also to keep the pests away. If the containers are tightly closed, the pests have no chance of getting to them.

However, if you have already discovered bugs in your cupboard, the only solution is to throw them away. Check exactly which foods they have clung to and throw them away.

Afterwards, you should clean out and clean the entire cupboard again. The best thing to do is to vacuum the crevices with a hoover and only put everything away again once each compartment is dry. A hairdryer can help here.


You have the choice between pull-out storage cupboards and those with fixed shelves. Both have advantages and disadvantages in handling. If you want to have a good overview of all your storage items, an apothecary cabinet is ideal. However, if you don't want to strain yourself opening the cupboard, a cupboard shelf is right for you.

Always keep your cupboard clean and above all dry if you want to avoid vermin. Tidiness is key, especially if you want to keep an eye on food drainage.

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