In recent years, the kitchen pantry has become a sought-after feature in many homes. With more homeowners buying groceries in bulk to save money and spending more recreational time on cooking, having plenty of storage adds instant value to your home.
A large walk-in pantry is standard for high-end homes with large kitchens. For the average home, a butler’s pantry offers convenience and style. It can be tucked in an alcove off the kitchen or dining room or configured into a small hallway or under a staircase. It can feature architectural details, decorative shelves, display areas, plate racks, and wine racks.
Rather than build a custom pantry, many homeowners are finding existing space in or near the kitchen that can be configured into a small pantry. A small unit can be created in a larger storage room off the kitchen or shelves or cabinetry can be added to an existing room.
Whether you build custom cabinetry or buy a packaged system, always look for value-adding features like roll-out shelves for canned goods and spice racks.
Always hire a professional to do the work; amateur and unprofessional workmanship would have a detrimental effect on the value of the home. When it comes to the kitchen, you need good materials. It’s easy for a pantry to go from inexpensive to extremely expensive if you don’t know what you are doing.
You do not need to build a fancy walk-in pantry to get extra storage space. Look for existing nooks in the kitchen or dining area that can serve as a small pantry. Install shelves for convenient organization.
A walk-in pantry that offers convenient access to items while keeping them out of sight is common for high-end homes.
One of the biggest trends in kitchen design is organization. If you do not have custom-built cabinets with specialty storage, you can make changes to the existing cabinets with storage accessories such as pullout shelves and baskets, drawer organizers, and built-in racks for spices. It does not matter what you are trying to organize; whether pots and pans, foods, cans, or store spices, every space should serve a purpose, and not be overstuffed.
Pullout drawer organizers keep similar items together so you can find what you need quickly. Dinnerware goes in one drawer, pots and pans in another, utensils in another, etc. A dinnerware organizer, for instance, is a convenient alternative to stacking your dishes on a cabinet shelf.
Always create the maximum accessibility. No one likes to go rummaging through a cabinet for a pot, baking sheet, or serving dish, just to have everything fall out. Features like a lazy Susan or rollout storage racks keep items easily accessible and organized.
An appliance counter in the pantry or in a cabinet keeps small appliances like your mixer, coffeemaker, toaster, and blender out of sight when not in use, but within reach when you need them.
In addition to providing more counter space, an island is an ideal place to add extra storage, through drawers, shelves, and racks. The island also creates an additional space for entertaining, everyday use, and even a cooktop.
Like countertops, cabinets and other elements of a kitchen remodel, kitchen organization can be overdone. Remember to keep your home’s price point in mind when shopping for organizers and storage accessories. You don’t want to spend much more than you can recoup. Do not get hung up on something in the store; always have the big picture in mind.
Simple inserts are affordable and increase your kitchen’s usability instantly. Wall and undercabinet racks are also an easy way to organize items like mugs, glassware, pot lids, and spices.
Convert traditional cabinet shelves and drawers into more usable space using organizers. Chrome organizers are more stylish and durable than plastic or wire ones, but also more expensive. Add style with rollout wicker baskets. A kitchen cart offers even more storage as well as an additional work space.
Customize your cabinets with specialty storage so they blend seamlessly with your kitchen design. An island and hanging pot rack add class as well as increase storage.