A food pantry is an effective way of keeping a kitchen clutter-free and operating with efficiency. All of your dried foods, canned goods, condiments, seasonings and paper goods are stored in one place, saving you time and effort.
How much room you have will dictate what kind of pantry will be best. Here you can acquaint yourself with the most common types of pantries so that you have an idea of what you want prior to doing some serious shopping.
What Types of Kitchen Pantries Are There?
A walk-in pantry is almost as coveted as a walk-in closet! It’s a comparatively small room within a kitchen or adjacent to it. It has a mix of open shelving, sometimes from floor to ceiling, drawers, a bit of a counter top, and a utility stool to reach those upper shelves.
✋ Please note that for any pantry adjustable shelves are a great idea. You can raise or lower the shelves depending on the height of the stored items and increase the usable space in your pantry.
A butler’s pantry is also a walk-in, but it has considerably more counter top for when you need additional space to prepare meals—when you entertain, for example. Often, small appliances or the fine china are stored there. If you want to really treat yourself, install a prep sink!
A wall pantry is a great way to use vacant wall space. The pantry is built into the wall, and the shelves can be as shallow or as deep as space permits. Bi-fold doors work best for easy access to the pantry.
A freestanding pantry is a piece of furniture that stores dry goods and, when there is space, small appliances. It becomes part of the décor by matching the kitchen cabinets or by complementing them or by introducing a colorful note.
A solid wood freestanding pantry is best. It will stay in place without wobbling, will not fall over and will not easily be damaged. Wood is such an accommodating material that you can make changes to your pantry when you are changing the kitchen décor.
✋ Please note that freestanding pantries lend themselves well to having windows in them (think Pennsylvania Dutch or Early American style pantries.) On a practical note, you can see into the pantry (sight out what you want) before opening the door. For aesthetics, a window here and there displaying colorful or interesting food packages adds a decorative element to the room.