If you’ve seen kitchen walk-in pantries on HGTV or various cooking shows, you know what an elaborate pantry is all about.
A walk-in pantry doesn’t just have to have shelves. Some of these first-class designs are mini-kitchens for small appliances along with food storage. Some have a work station along with a sink. If you prefer all your pots and pans organized in one place, designate space in the pantry for them.
The Benefits to Walk-in Pantries
- You’re more organized – It gives you a chance to lay things out in a way that works for your baking and cooking style
- They help you de-clutter your main kitchen area
- Your main kitchen area counters have more space for food prep
- If your kitchen doesn’t have upper cabinets, a pantry gives you extra storage space
- Your storage system becomes visible to the entire family, so there’s a better chance things will stay organized
- They’re an attractive re-sale feature
- Open shelves in a kitchen pantry allow you to view all your supplies
- All your supplies in open shelves enable you to see which items you’re getting low on
- If large enough you can even use it for dishware
- It gives you added space for a patio or outdoor dishware
The Negatives to Walk-in Pantries
- You may need a ladder or stool system to reach the upper shelves
- It could take up square footage that you would prefer using in the actual kitchen
- It’s more up-keep and cleaning to maintain an efficient pantry
- You may be tempted to spend more money on food items to fill the shelves
- The initial planning and set-up could take time to organize
- Consider the added expense: Electrical, venting, doors, cupboards, drawers, supplies
- You could end up buying bulk items you don’t use enough just because you have space
- You may be tempted to purchase unnecessary counter appliances you don’t need
Added Bonus to a Walk-in Pantry
If you’re the sort of person who despises photos and paper clutter all over your kitchen fridge or walls, you can design your pantry with a wall or space to accommodate these items. It could be the central place everyone in the family checks for notes, calendar items, and mail.
When we think about walk-in pantries, we tend to think of all the positives; however, as outlined above, it may not work for your lifestyle and needs, but we can dream about these incredible pantries anyway.