When it comes to kitchen design, storage is high on the list of must-haves. A well thought out pantry optimizes your storage and organizational needs. Whether your plans include a modest kitchen upgrade or a full remodel, this is your opportunity to make a poorly functioning pantry better, a sufficient pantry great, or add a spectacular addition to the most used room in your home.
There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of food storage cabinetry. Consider these kitchen pantry designs tips when planning your next project.
- Reach in – The ideal configuration for a reach-in pantry is shelving no deeper than 14-16 inches. This layout will allow you to see everything you have, at a single glance. Reach in models with deeper ( 16 inch +) shelves tend to become black holes. Little used items or small appliances disappear, never to be seen again. You will actually gain more useable space by replacing deeper shelves with narrower ones, and adding an 8-inch storage shelf to the door for bottles and cans. Replacing wire shelving with solid surfaces gives even a basic pantry a high-end look for a modest investment.
- Pull out – While this type of unit is visually more pleasing (because it is part of the cabinetry), it is not as convenient to use. It has to be pulled out and pushed back with each use. On the upside, the contents are visible and accessible from both sides; but this convenience comes with a price. The costs associated with the heavy-duty hardware make this a more expensive choice.
- Walk in – A perfect solution for storing large amounts of jarred and canned goods, along with seldom-used appliances. Many homeowners consider this option ideal. It is, however, somewhat inconvenient as it is usually remotely located from the hub of the kitchen. A simple solution is to include a secondary small pantry inside the kitchen itself.
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