Planning Your Kitchen Pantry: 5 Minor Details that Make a Big Impact

Planning Your Kitchen Pantry: 5 Minor Details that Make a Big Impact

From butler’s pantries to walk-in pantries or something in-between, no kitchen is complete without this important storage feature. When you’re in the middle of the planning process for your new pantry design, it can be easy to pass over the small details that can make all the difference in the functionality and style of the space.

Before you sign off on your pantry design plan, don’t forget to take a second look at these five details that can make all the difference.

1. Pantry Door

It’s obvious that your pantry needs a door. What isn’t so obvious is what door is right for your kitchen. There are several options out there for door styles that can keep your pantry hidden without creating an eyesore—including:

  • Barn Doors
  • Hanging Doors
  • Cabinet-Style Doors
  • Folding Doors

Whichever door you choose, you have to consider the direction it opens—especially if the door isn’t a sliding or folding style. Traditional doors that open inward take up interior space in your pantry, so they aren’t a great option for tight spaces. If you want your door to open outward, you need to keep in mind traffic flow, clearance, and safety in the kitchen.

2. Lighting

You don’t want to walk into a dark, dingy pantry when finding ingredients for your family’s meals, so it’s no surprise that lighting is one of the most important—yet often overlooked—feature of your food storage space.

To put it simply, your pantry needs adequate lighting. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all fixture for this unique area in your kitchen.

If you can fit a window in your pantry, that’s ideal. If that’s not an option in your kitchen, choose bright, overhead LED lights, and consider adding under-shelf and undercabinet lighting to give even more illumination to the space.

3. Food & Supply Storage

The purpose of your pantry is to conveniently store and organize food and other kitchen essentials—so having the right shelves, cabinets, and overall set-up is one detail you can’t ignore!

  • Shelf Options: There are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing the layout of pantry shelving, including how you’re going to reach the top shelves! While a step stool can help you access your pantry from floor-to-ceiling, over-door racks, sliding and/or adjustable shelves, and utilizing the corners of the space for shelving are all great options for maximizing storage and functionality.
  • Pantry Cabinets: You’ll find shelves in nearly every pantry, but cabinets are also an important detail for storing unsightly items, rarely used kitchen supplies, or simply for a clean, neat appearance. You can keep pantry cabinets in your budget by looking for ready-to-assemble options and durable, cost-effective materials like laminated plywood or engineered wood.

4. Pantry Organization

Even the most beautiful kitchen cabinets and coordinated shelves aren’t going to make your pantry functional unless you organize what goes in there! Keeping your pantry organized can be a challenge, which is why it is important that you think about how your space will look when it’s finished—before construction even begins.

We’ve put together a few tips to help you create an ultra-organized pantry:

  • Keep like with like when deciding where everything is going to go in your space.
  • Arrange your most-used items in the easiest-to-access areas of the room.
  • Consider narrow shelving to prevent food items from getting lost in dark corners.
  • Place organizers in drawers for utensils, and use baskets on shelves to keep the space neat.
  • Spice racks, wine racks, and baker’s shelving can all add extra room for specialized storage.

5. Functional Touches

They say that design is in the details, and taking the time to really explore your goals and vision for a pantry during the design process can help you get the unique, one-of-a-kind touches you’re looking for. Small details that can give your room a boost in sleek style and modern functionality include:

  • Narrow Countertop and/or Shelf for an In-Pantry Work Area
  • Functional Sink for Convenient Food Prep
  • Free Wall Space Used for Household Calendars and Notes
  • Chalkboard-Painted Wall or Door
  • Built-In Features that Minimize Interruption to Kitchen Flow

You know you want a pantry, but have you thought about all of the details that could turn an ordinary storage area into a beautiful feature of your kitchen? From creative organization to personal touches, it’s the smallest things that add the most to the ease and ambiance of your kitchen.

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