Kitchen Remodeling Trends We Love: The Pantry

Pantries can do so much for us: store large quantities of bulk foods when we’re raising hungry teens, hide clutter so that our kitchens always look amazing, and give us the opportunity to be more organized so that we can spend more time cooking and entertaining and less time hunting for a particular spice. A favorite project of ours over the years involved turning a kitchen into a pantry. That’s right: What was once a client’s kitchen became a glorious walk-in pantry.

While not every kitchen can be relocated to an addition so that the old kitchen can become a walk-in pantry, there are as many ways to build a pantry into a kitchen as there are uses for a pantry.

In this project, we moved a wall one foot into the old dining room and moved the new refrigerator into the old pantry area and created a spectacular built-in millwork wall that flows into the new open tread staircase. The new pantry is now located under the stairs!

Pantry Trends

Pantries, like laundry rooms, are getting bigger and serving multiple functions. In fact, function is really the key to a great pantry. If it’s just a frustrating, dark closet with deep shelves that you have to unload to find anything, you probably don’t enjoy having a pantry. But imagine a lighted space with shelves that pull out or are tiered so that you can see everything. Imagine a pantry where you can not only store extra food but also have counter space to prep food when you’re entertaining while still needing to contain the mess. There are a ton of inspiring ideas for creating a great pantry, and there is almost always space that can be carved out during a remodel to create the pantry of your dreams.

Pantry Considerations

No matter how big or small your pantry is, the most important part of the design is convenience. The purpose of a pantry is to make it easy for you to get to what you need, whether it’s spices or utensils or boxes of cereal. Open shelves and good lighting are important. Adjustable shelves that allow you to move shelves based on the height of appliances or other items you’re storing are also important.

No room for a pantry? You can make your kitchen more functional with pull-out shelves and drawers, like the ones in this kitchen; they can add convenience even when there is no room for a pantry.

From smart cabinet spaces to full pantries, kitchen storage is crucial in any remodel. Don't limit yourself to thinking that your storage solution has to be standard cabinets. Custom pantries and cabinets, or recessed wall storage, can all make a difference in keeping kitchen clutter to a minimum and letting you have the space you need.

No matter what you're trying to accomplish with your home remodeling project, one of the factors you should consider in every room is storage. The more practical storage we can build into your project, the less cluttered your home will feel. Learn more about our process for helping you complete your project. Contact us. We'd like to hear what you're thinking.

There are as many ways to build a pantry into a kitchen as there are uses for a pantry, which is why it's one of our favorite kitchen remodeling trends.