It is a common misconception that walk-in pantries are a luxury for larger homes with sprawling kitchens and for homeowners with more space than they know what to do with. Thankfully, the wonders of modern kitchen design have well and truly debunked such myths. With smart use of available space and the latest in storage solutions a walk-in pantry could be a reality in your home, and for much less expense than you might expect.
If you are planning a new home or renovation, a walk-in pantry can be achievable in any size of kitchen. In some cases, you may be lucky and have a coat closet or small utility room directly adjoining your kitchen that is just begging to be transformed into a pantry. If not, the solution may take a little more imagination, but you might be surprised by what is possible. Very often the secret is making clever use of the space available to you.
A walk-in pantry can transform the look and feel of your kitchen. And while you may be investing precious floor space to make it possible, always consider how much space it will save, often removing the need for bulky cupboards for storing food, electrical appliances, pots, pans and more. Walk-in pantries offer floor-to-ceiling storage that can cover most, if not all, of your kitchen storage needs.
Benefits of Walk-in Pantries
Before we look at some walk-in pantry ideas, let’s take a look at some of the benefits:
Amazing Storage – With wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelving, you will be amazed at how much you can store. With all your food, snacks, pots and pans, cookbooks and many appliances tucked away in your pantry, your kitchen will feel much bigger and more uncluttered.
Stay Organized – A well designed walk-in pantry will provide you with the very best in kitchen storage with everything you need easily accessible.
Add Value to Your Home – A walk-in pantry is a distinct and desirable feature in any home. When it comes time to sell or rent, this is the type of feature that can really boost your property’s value.
When considering possible ideas for a walk-in pantry for your kitchen, here are few things to consider:
Alcoves & Recesses
Any kind of alcove or recess in your kitchen could be a walk-in pantry in the making. With a properly thought-out design you can make every square meter of space really count, while the choice of sliding or hinged doors can ensure an attractive finish and easy access even in the tightest of spaces.
At Lifestyle Wardrobes WA, we are experts at making small spaces big. We have years of experience in finding smart kitchen storage solutions where others cannot. We would love to see a floor design of your kitchen and discuss possible some walk-in pantry solutions with you.
Making Use of Adjoining Spaces
When you are thinking about your new kitchen design, try to think beyond the walls of the kitchen itself. For example, is there an adjoining linen closet that doesn’t really get all that much use? Some unused space in your hallway? Or a living room alcove that is surplus to requirements? Spaces like these can often be repurposed to serve as spacious walk-in pantries, adding a whole new aspect, and often a good deal of value, to your home. It will of course take a little building work to adjoin this new space to your kitchen, but when it’s done we can help you get the very most out of it with our innovative storage solutions.
Use Corners and End Spaces
Not every kitchen will have a closet, recess or adjoining space that will naturally transform into a walk-in pantry, but don’t give up yet. Walk-in pantries are possible in the most surprising spaces. Even in smaller, narrower kitchens, a pantry can be placed at one end, freeing up storage space elsewhere to give a wider feel to the room. There are also plenty of clever corner walk-in pantry ideas out there. Contact us anytime to find out more about some of our bold kitchen storage designs.
Planning Your Walk-in Pantry
As with any storage solution, pre-planning and intelligent design can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to walk-in pantries. With years of experience in installing smart custom storage solutions, we are here to help you with this process.
Lighting & Electricity – We can offer a number of lighting options for your walk-in pantry. Also consider whether you wish to run any small to medium appliances there, such as microwaves, blenders or coffee machines.
Adjustable Shelving – Different items will require different shelf sizes. Not only this, but it is inevitable that you will be adding new kitchen wares and appliances as time goes on. Our dynamic shelving solutions ensure that you will always have suitable spaces to store all of your kitchen essentials. We can also fit spice racks, hanging hooks and other accessories that help maximise your space.
Drawers – Drawers, racks and baskets are great for providing easy access to utensils, silverware, crockery, and pots and pans. We will integrate these as required to suit your kitchen needs.
We hope this article helps you look at your kitchen in a new light and you see walk-in pantry possibilities where you never saw them before. If in doubt, we would be delighted to come to your home to discuss your options and provide a free measurement and quote. We are happy to schedule an appointment at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends.
At Lifestyle Wardrobes WA, we are committed to the highest levels of quality and customer satisfaction, with each installation backed by our 10-year guarantee. Contact us today or drop into our Wangara showroom to find out how we can craft the perfect walk-in pantry for your home.