Have you been on Pinterest or Houzz looking at kitchen pantries? If so, you’ve inevitably seen walk-in pantries, perfectly organized and brightly lit, that almost make the Joy of Cooking book sound like the most aptly named cookbook out there. Are you currently making do without a pantry? Or do you have an inefficient pantry? There is a way to create a kitchen pantry that works for you and Castle Builds will help. In this blog post we will look at where you can steal some space and provide tips for maximizing your kitchen pantry.
Where Can You Steal Space for a Kitchen Pantry?
Closet – Do you have a coat closet or linen closet in the hallway close by? If you can store off season coats in another area of the house and keep the in season coats in your closet or entryway, you can renovate this space for pantry use. As for linen storage, explore storing these in a wardrobe or trunk elsewhere in your home.
Laundry Room – Do you need a laundry area that is so large you could do a cartwheel in it? We didn’t think so. Use part of this space for a pantry to store dry goods and kitchen equipment that you rarely use. Besides if you’re feeling especially industrious, you can have dinner cooking and laundry going at the exact same time. Mind blowing? No. But efficient? Yes!
Kitchen Office Corner/Space – Before laptops, having an area in the kitchen for doing work or homework seemed like a good idea. But who wants to type in the midst of one of the busiest rooms in the house? Why not convert this space to a pantry using an adjustable storage rack and move your work into a home office or basement?
Extra Wall Space in Kitchen – This is where a contractor can really help you out. We can frame a space that matches the depth of your cabinetry, build the exact shelves you want and make them slide – if that’s what you seek. Our kitchen pantry renovation designers will determine the best use of the existing space and build a kitchen pantry that works.
Kitchen Island – Use a kitchen island to store dry goods. Using mason jars you can store flour, sugar, pasta, and more in a very attractive, country-style way. If the kitchen island is used to prep meals or for socializing be sure you can still access frequently used items. Otherwise, you will be asking people to move so you can grab the dried oregano.
Now that you have decided on where you will get the space, here are a few tips to maximize your newly renovated kitchen pantry.
- Door or no door? We recommend that if you go with a door to look into a sliding option or folding door option so you are not opening it into the hallway or kitchen and taking up valuable real estate. Castle Builds can create a barn door that creates enough division but doesn’t take up much square footage.
- Use clear containers made by the same manufacturer so they will look consistent.
- Buy the canned food holders. Just do it. You’ll thank us later.
- Store pans and cutting boards vertically. Unless you like banging pots and pans around to wake up your family. In that case, carry on stacking. They should be getting up earlier anyway.
- Adjustable shelving can change when you need it to – or when the future homeowners need it to.
Castle Builds has been creating space in your home you can actually use for years. Everyone loves a good looking kitchen, but a quality kitchen pantry tucked out of view is just as important.