7 Tips for Designing a Functional Pantry

7 Tips for Designing a Functional Pantry

Traditionally, pantries were seen as an important kitchen feature but not high on the list during the design process. However, now the kitchen pantry has experienced a bit of a renaissance. Pantries are often treated as a major consideration and a key part of the kitchen’s design.

We’re happy to see pantries getting the attention they deserve, but it’s important to remember that they are – first and foremost – a functional space. While an impeccably styled pantry is great for Instagram, we can guarantee you it won’t stay picture-perfect for long.  

The good news is there are a few simple tricks to designing a pantry that is both beautiful and functional.


Our top pantry design tips

 As kitchen design specialists, we know a thing or two about planning a functional pantry. We’ve also learnt a few tricks over the years, which we’re more than happy to share. So, when designing a kitchen pantry, we recommend you:

  1. Make sure it fits the space: While a large walk-in pantry may be your dream, it’s not always the most practical solution. In fact, if space is tight, a more modest but well-designed pantry cupboard will be more functional – and cost-effective.
  2. Optimise your access: While deep shelves are great for maximising storage space, reaching the stuff at the back can be quite difficult. You can overcome this by having pull-out shelves or drawers within your pantry to keep everything within easy reach.
  3. Think vertically: If floor space is limited, making your pantry taller will give you more room to work with. However, you should consider making higher shelves shallower to minimise the risk of things ending up out of reach.
  4. Zone the space: Most pantries serve several purposes – from dry food and appliance storage to additional food prep and clean up space. By thinking about all of these uses in the design phase, you can make sure there’s a place for everything.
  5. Create some bench space: Adding a benchtop into your design can have a big impact on the functionality of even the smallest pantry. In addition to providing extra storage space, it can be used for food prep and makes packing away groceries much easier.
  6. Carefully consider your choice of door: The door you choose should really match how you plan to use your pantry. For example, if space is tight, extra storage (e.g. a spice rack) can be built onto a solid swing door. Ensure the width of the pantry is not too wide so that they do not get in the way when you are working in the kitchen. Integrated bi-fold doors may be the best solution in that situation.
  7. Get creative: There truly are no rules when it comes to pantries, so don’t be afraid to have fun with your design. From hidden pantries and generous walk-in butler’s pantries to more modest freestanding pantry cupboards, the options are almost endless.


Want to discuss this further?

 If you need help designing the perfect pantry, contact Kitchen Shack. Our experienced team are experts in tailoring pantry designs to suit a client’s style, space, and budget. Call us today to set up your free kitchen design and quote.

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