Designing the Perfect Walk-In Pantry for Your Kitchen

Walk-in pantries are a perfect addition to any modern kitchen. They add much of that coveted storage space and potentially even a workspace. But, they also allow you to tuck everything away out of sight, keeping your kitchen looking clutter-free, crisp and modern. Spending some extra time on designing your perfect walk-in can make this space perfectly attune to your needs. Here is a step-by-step walk-through of how you can design it for yourself.

1. Size

We’d all love to have walk-in pantries with extra countertop space, wine coolers, and all of our appliances. But, usually, you’re constrained by size. The first thing you should do is decide where you can put the pantry and how large it can be. It might cut into your kitchen space or another surrounding room, so you’ll need to decide what you can sacrifice. While you make this decision, you should also assess if you can fit a door that swings or if you will need a sliding or pocket door.

2. Needs

Now you should decide what you need from your pantry. Potential needs include:

  • Shelving for dried and canned goods
  • Storage for plates, cutlery, etc.
  • Shelving for unusually sized appliances or objects
  • Open storage for select decorative items
  • Additional freezers, fridges, stoves, or other appliances
  • Additional sinks
  • Storage for wine or other alcohol
  • Additional countertop space
  • Ladders to reach top shelving
  • Temperature or humidity control

Remember that you’re confined by space. Sometimes it is best to invest more space in your top three priorities rather than trying to cram in more. For example, if your number one need is countertop space, you may not want to choose a narrower countertop just to fit more shelving.

3. Utilities

Now that you know what you’ll put in the walk-in pantry, you will need to assess what utilities you need to run to the space and if that is feasible. You may need plumbing and electrical lines. You may also need a gas line and ventilation for a gas-powered appliance, although this is a rare choice in a pantry. All but the shallowest pantries will also need ventilation to keep proper airflow.

4. Materials

Your choice of materials is largely about what you think looks good and what offers the durability that you need. Unless you have appliances in the space that will add moisture, in which case you should choose materials that can withstand it without damage.

5. Get Inspired

Some people choose to make their pantry match their kitchen in style. But, if you’re open to something else or ready to remodel your whole kitchen, it’s time to get inspired. Take a look online to get ideas for colors, patterns, cabinet doors, cabinet hardware, lighting, and all of the other decorative elements of the space.

7. Talk to the Professionals

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the process of designing your pantry. If you want to be sure the project will be done right, reach out to the professionals for guidance.

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