To Build a Pantry or Not to Build a Pantry

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Does Your Family Need A Pantry?

Whether you’re building a new home or getting professional upgrades for your kitchen that’s stuck in the 1970’s, the question “Do I need a pantry?” is a common one. But do you really need one?

Some would answer “you think you can do without it when you don’t have one, but once you do have one you can’t figure out how you ever lived without it!” So maybe the question isn’t “Do I need a pantry?” but “What kind of pantry do I need?”

Ultimately, the kind of pantry that you need is one that works for you. You can scan tons of photos that make your heart flutter with the longing of storage and organizational bliss, but the reality is that the show stopper pantry with shelving, paneled windowed doors, stone flooring and electrical outlets may not work for you or your space.

Kitchen Pantry Basics

First you need to figure out what you want to squirrel away in there. Do you buy in preparation for an apocalypse or do you want it to store your fancy platters and china that’s used only when the bishop visits? Once you figure out what you want to use your pantry for take a look at your space and how much room you can or are willing to dedicate to a pantry. Can it be a walk-in, reach-in or does your space require it be a pull-out? Next think location, location, location. You want to maximize storage space while keeping it functional.

Pantries that are too far from the kitchen’s main workspace are less functional then they could be. How big can it be if it’s built in the spot you want? How big do you actually need it to be? Do you want shelving or cabinets or both, and should it have a door or no door? What may seem like a simple addition does mean you have many things to consider, but it is definitely worth it in the end.

Look at Other Layouts


One of the best ways to get ideas is to see how others have incorporated a pantry into their kitchen. Saving ideas on Pinterest or Houzz will allow you to review what you like with the contractor. Not only will they let you know if that’s a realistic option for your space, they’ll also tell you whether it fits within your budget.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with the details you may not fully understand and enlist the services of a professional who can guide you. Ready to get started? Contact us for a free in-home consultation.