Kitchen Pantry Ideas

Explore these inspiring kitchen pantry ideas and you'll be well on your way to a kitchen storage space that's both stylish and functional.

Kitchen Pantry Ideas

Kitchen Pantry Ideas

Here is a traditional kitchen pantry idea with open shelving in a hallway near the kitchen.

By: Sean McEvoy

The kitchen pantry is an oft-overlooked feature of any home—but these kitchen pantry ideas will help you create a kitchen storage space that's both stylish and extremely functional.

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Charming and Practical

As designer kitchens continue to trend toward a warm and inviting aesthetic, cabinets and islands are taking on a furniture look. This custom island was designed to have an architectural appearance to serve as a focal point rather than a utilitarian surface.

Steel Style

X-style furniture pieces featuring steel frames contribute a high-end, industrial touch that melds with most kitchens. While the welded steel serves as a structural support for the countertop, it also ties in the charcoal color of the painted perimeter cabinets. This frame was fabricated by welding several strips of tubular steel into top and bottom supports, then mitering corners to create the X, which was then welded to connect the two together. For a refined look, the frame was powder-coated in a shade of charcoal several shades darker than the painted perimeter cabinets.

Open Shelving

It's important to add storage that is easily accessible during food preparation. In this kitchen a custom island was designed with open storage along two sides, keeping pots and pans, cookbooks and glasses within arm's reach, yet hidden from view outside of the work triangle. Anytime cabinetry and shelving are custom-fabricated, measure existing cookware, serving pieces or dishware to ensure that the height, width and depth will accommodate kitchen components.

Buffet Design

Custom serving buffets are bigger investments than ready-made sideboards or china cabinets. But ready-made pieces are only available in standard sizes, so it's unlikely a homeowner will find exactly the dimensions they require. When commissioning a custom serving buffet, it's important to ensure that the finish coordinates with or matches other finishes in the kitchen. This will keep the overall look cohesive and avoid making the custom piece appear as an afterthought.

Two Shades of Gray

Adding unexpected touches to custom furnishings can instantly make them seem more personalized. Here the interior of the upper cabinets was sprayed a shade of light gray, while the exterior was painted in the same glossy shade of charcoal as the perimeter cabinets.

Brass Hardware

Hardware is an excellent tool for uniting disparate elements in a kitchen. Although this custom serving buffet was designed, fabricated and installed more than a decade after the kitchen's inception, it has been outfitted with the same satin brass pulls used on the perimeter cabinets, resulting in a seamless look.

Serving Space

In addition to providing extra storage, serving buffets offer designated space to spread out food and drinks for guests. Allow at least 12 inches of depth to accommodate dinner plates, cake plates and most commonly sized platters.

Smoked Glass

When serving buffets feature upper cabinet door fronts fabricated with paned glass, they can easily double as china cabinets. Use smoked or tinted glass instead of clear glass for a dramatic effect. This creates a place to showcase treasured items while adding an extra layer of interest. Keep in mind that smoked or tinted glass often costs 30 percent more than standard clear glass.

Clever Pan Organizer

Large pans and cookie sheets can take up valuable space inside of cabinets. To maximize every square inch of cabinet real estate, consider installing a pullout pan organizer. This system attaches to the interior of a cabinet with rods and sliders to hold sliding racks, allowing easy access to pots and pans.

Produce Drawers

Dry produce items such as potatoes and onions are often left out on counters and can look like clutter. Free up valuable counter space by installing dry produce drawers inside of cabinets. Attached to sliding frames, these pullouts house woven baskets that allow produce to breathe. For proper ventilation, it's best to replace any solid-panel door fronts with mesh or chicken wire.

Hidden Trash Bins

Recycling bins are best kept out of sight, especially in kitchens belonging to busy cooks who need to use every square inch of space. Customize the interior of a cabinet with side-by-side glass and plastic recycling bins. Many manufacturers offer these in an array of sizes. To install them, first remove all internal shelves, then position the sliding rods along the sides with a drill and screws.

Pullout Prep Area

Make your fruit and vegetable prep easy by installing custom drawers above trash bins and recycling centers with pullout cutting boards. Use a drill and a paddle bit to drill a hole directly through the cutting board, allowing food scraps to fall directly through the drawer and into the trash bin, eliminating any mess.

Angled Spice Rack

Keep your spices organized and neatly concealed inside drawers with the help of angled spice drawer trays. Once the drawer's interior is properly measured for length and depth, it's easy to install the appropriate-size tray in a style that suits your kitchen and keeps spices and seasonings within arm's reach.

One of the main things to keep in mind when exploring kitchen pantry ideas is space. Anyone who's experienced an overflowing, disorganized pantry knows that organization and efficiency are key here—otherwise you'll end up spending way more time than you'd like searching for that mysteriously vanished can of soup.

A somewhat unique way to "create space" in your pantry is to make sure your shelves aren't too deep. If they are, chances are you'll be reaching to the far recesses of the pantry, over food stores from ages gone by, and your kitchen storage will become more "pile" than "pantry." Shallow shelves allow for better organization, and for foods to be front-and-center and easily accessible.

Consider adding drawers with glass fronts for your pantry. This will allow you to know on sight what goes where, instead of embarking on a long search. Similarly, pull-out or lazy-Susan-style shelves can help with accessibility. Folding shelves are also a popular space-saving design.

If your space can accommodate it, consider a recessed pantry, built into one of the kitchen's walls. This low-profile option is out of the way when you need it to be, but easily accessible anytime. Another space-saving option is to create a pantry from unused cabinet space below the kitchen counter surface.

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