If you’ve seen kitchen walk-in pantries on HGTV or on 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 can be better 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 can stay clear 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 and thus there’s a greater 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
Viewing all your supplies in open shelves enables you to visually see what you’re getting low on
If large enough you can even use it for dishware
It gives you added space for 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 the space
You may be tempted to buy unnecessary counter appliances you really don’t need
Added Bonus of 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.