The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and with good reason. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens cooking, prepping and entertaining. During our kitchen renovation planning, we really wanted to improve the function of our kitchen for our family. We added things like a large built-in table to our island and deeper cabinets to flank our fridge. Another essential part of our kitchen planning was our pantry design. Whether you have a large walk-in pantry or a small pantry space, good pantry design plays an important part in your kitchen’s efficacy and organization. (Click here to see my post on kitchen organization ideas)
Our kitchen layout has a corner pantry. It came that way, we haven’t touched it in the 11 years we’ve lived here. It’s not an enormous pantry space, but it’s a decent size. The interior dimensions are about 48″ x 48″. The original pantry design had four basic white wire shelves that were installed by the builder. They have served their purpose but it was time for them to be replaced. We were tired of having things fall through the cracks and scraping knuckles on the wire shelves.
As we progress through our kitchen install, we have had a few delays. It’s to be expected of course and we are thankful that so far it’s nothing major. The main issue to date was that our cabinet supplier miss-ordered our fridge gable panels. This has caused a bit of a delay on the cabinet installation on that wall. We are pushing ahead on our own part of the project, however, and have started tackling our pantry.
Our pantry design inspiration
After searching Pinterest for some inspiration, we found some really fantastic ideas for pantry design. There are some amazing pantry ideas out there! The picture above is the one we settled on for our inspiration. So for anyone who’s looking for a pantry upgrade, here are 10 of my favourites. These pantry designs, with some helpful design tips along the way, will make your pantry space both beautiful and functional.
Work with what you have. Most of us don’t have massive pantries so making the most of your existing space is important. Can you go up? Can you go out? Add innovative ideas to your layout to maximize your space. Having a countertop or work space built-in to your pantry is a smart pantry design element.
There are so many cute ideas available for labels, drawers, baskets, hangers, pull outs…find something that will help you keep your pantry tidy and things easy to find. A pantry that’s easy to navigate will make it easier to keep track of what’s inside! There were a few surprises I found in the recesses of our pantry when I had to clean it out. Yikes!
Don’t forget to think about lighting options for your pantry. Not only will this help you find what you are looking for, but it can be a pretty and personalized detail in your pantry space.
We may not all have room for a spectacular barn door solution, but think about what your pantry door could be. I found a glass company who can replace the existing glass in our pantry door for something more functional and aesthetically pleasing. We are going to add laminated glass which give the look of frosted glass but can double as a white board.
Decor and More
Make your pantry space pretty! Just because it’s sometimes tucked away or behind closed doors, don’t be afraid to add some lovely details that will make you smile.
Check back for an update on our pantry soon! For more design inspiration, follow me on Pinterest!