What type of storage is best for my kitchen, a built-in cabinet or walk-in pantry?
Pantries provide much-needed food storage in your kitchen. While we're seeing a trend towards integrating cabinetry pantries, many home buyers are still requesting wall and walk-in corner pantries.
Here are some examples of home plans with a walk-in pantry:
- 5 Corner Pantry Layouts
- Walk-In Kitchen Pantries (not located in a corner)
- 7 "Costco" Size Pantry Designs (see home plans with more than one kitchen pantry)
Your kitchen design should maximize storage space -- in places that make the most sense. See photos of 5 kitchen pantry locations, below.
Popular kitchen pantry positions include:
1. Corner Pantry: why everyone should consider a corner pantry
Corner pantries provide a large amount of space without interrupting the flow of an open kitchen. The corner pantry location in this kitchen makes it an integral part of the "work triangle."
2. Wall Pantry: when a wall pantry is most helpful
This double door pantry is wide but not deep -- perfect for those who love linear organization in the kitchen. The pantry is located beside the refrigerator, in a grab-and-go location.
3. Built-in Cabinet Pantry: where to place a pantry cabinet
Cupboard pantries are designed to blend into your kitchen cabinets. This kitchen features a built-in pantry cabinet beside the refrigerator.
4. Butler's Pantry: when you need a second pantry
Looking ways to supplement your kitchen storage? Consider adding a second pantry.
Butler's pantries -- often located between the kitchen and dining room or down a hallway -- are great for storing less-used items such as holiday dishware and accents, formal china, over-sized party trays, and secondary dish and glass sets.
5. Hidden Pantry: how to hide your pantry around the corner
There is no pantry built into this small island kitchen. Instead, the pantry is hidden away, around the corner.
Don't be afraid to buck the kitchen design trend! Consider placing your pantry in a nearby location, rather than the center of your kitchen. Nearby is usually more convenient, but when the layout requires, the pantry can even be in another room.
In this California style floor plan, the kitchen pantry is located past the breakfast nook -- between the mud room and garage entrance.
Which should I choose first: appliance layout or pantry location?
As a general guideline, we recommend that home buyers:
- Prioritize kitchen elements that are most important: a large island? Cooking gear, from a 6-burner gas range to double ovens? An open concept layout?
- Choose favorite kitchen floor plan layouts that incorporate those elements
Generally, it is easier to add pantry storage -- rather than cabinets or appliances -- to a kitchen layout you love. Pantry locations are more flexible, and can fit into hallways, under staircases, or inside dining rooms.Tell us what kitchen design elements matter most, and we'll help you find and build your new custom home.