6 Types of Kitchen Pantries

February 11, 2020

The value of having an adequate and ample kitchen pantry cannot be overstated. It is one of the most effective means of keeping a kitchen clutter-free and operating with efficiency. There are several types of kitchen pantries available and the right one for you will largely depend on the layout and floor plan you choose and how much space is available in the kitchen or adjacent areas of the home. Here are a few types of kitchen pantries to help you figure out which one is the best fit for your dream home:

1. Walk-In Pantry

A walk-in pantry could be considered the “crème de la crème” of kitchen pantry options. But, there are pros and cons of walk-in pantries. They may not be the right choice for every kitchen because a certain amount of square footage must be available and designated as pantry space. However, there are many benefits of a walk-in pantry, so it often makes sense to lay out and design a floor plan to incorporate one.

Essentially functioning as their own small room within a kitchen or adjacent to it, walk-in pantries provide an immense amount of storage space that can be incredibly helpful in homes with large families. Even homeowners without large families may want to opt for this type of pantry as the shelving design and layout of a walk-in pantry can make it easier to organize non-perishable food items and other kitchen supplies.

2. Butler’s Pantry

A butler’s pantry is another type of pantry that has multiple benefits. Historically, butler’s pantries offered a place where food and kitchen supplies could be stored and meal preparation could occur out of sight of guests. Now, butler’s pantries can offer some of these same benefits to you if you add one to your custom home design.

A butler’s pantry functions to provide additional cabinet space as well as more countertop area. It can be a great supplement to a kitchen if you do a lot of entertaining and regularly find yourself in need of a bit of additional room to prepare meals for larger numbers of people. Even when this isn’t the case, a butler’s pantry provides the benefit of increased kitchen storage and creates a unique and beautiful accent area within a home.

3. Freestanding Pantry

A freestanding pantry is a good option if you want more storage space in your kitchen without having a built-in feature or a separate room that is solely allocated to use as a pantry. Freestanding pantries can serve as an accent piece of furniture within the kitchen. Not only do they provide storage, but they also provide a bit of flexibility when it comes to the placement of the pantry.

Freestanding pantries can be made to match the cabinets in the kitchen or provide a “pop” of color that brightens the room. Configurations of freestanding pantries can also be customized to meet your specific needs. Drawers, shelves, doors, and more can all be customized and all provide additional storage options.

4. Slide-Out Pantry

Slide-out pantries are innovative space savers in a kitchen. They are especially valuable and useful when it comes to maximizing a limited amount of space. Slide-out pantries can be installed and incorporated within the cabinets of the kitchen.

As such, they blend into the overall kitchen layout quite well. The amount of storage space they provide far exceeds expectations. Sliding shelves and rotating doors can all provide ample storage space and make it easier to store, access, and see kitchen inventory. A slide-out pantry is also one of the appliance garage ideas that can help you keep you free up more counter space while still keeping appliances in convenient places. 

5. Wall Pantry

A wall pantry is a great way to increase the storage space in a kitchen by using an otherwise vacant space. Wall pantries are exactly what they sound like – a pantry built into a wall of the kitchen. Granted, the wall space occupied by a wall pantry will not be able to have cabinets or be used for anything else.

However, when the kitchen layout is conducive to adding a wall pantry, it can be a great use of space and provide immense amounts of storage capacity that remains conveniently out of sight behind a set of doors. You can even have wall pantry doors customized so that they are subtle and match the rest of the wall.

6. Built-In Cabinet Pantry

A built-in cabinet pantry is a customized type of pantry that can be incorporated within the architectural design of a home’s kitchen. These types of pantries provide an opportunity to create a unique kitchen feature that accents the design style and layout of this area of the home.

Built-in cabinet pantries can be designed in different styles and layouts that meet your specific preferences and needs. These are a great permanent pantry option that keeps a kitchen organized while also adding to its overall aesthetic appeal.

Regardless of the option you choose for your new dream home, any type of pantry will increase the functionality of your kitchen. Pantries are a great way to add more storage to your kitchen design. Pantries prove to be both space and time savers and are one of the best ways to make your kitchen as user-friendly as possible. So, don’t overlook this valuable feature as you work through the planning phase of your home.

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