16+ Walk-In Pantry Ideas (Small, Corner & DIY)

Walk In Pantry Ideas

Aside from the obvious, food storage is one of the primary functions of your kitchen. Since this space is the heart of a home, it should not only be functional but also well-organized and visually appealing and your kitchen pantry is no exception!

While many of us make good use out of dedicating a few kitchen cabinets for storing pasta, flour, spices, canned goods, and other staples, others might be lucky enough to even have a floor-to-ceiling cabinet that serves as a pantry. However, for ultimate food storage, there is simply no comparison to a full walk-in kitchen pantry. Some of us, myself included, dream of having an entire room devoted to storing dry goods, small appliances, and any other necessary kitchen items.

16 Ways to “Spice” Up A Walk-In Pantry

With a walk-in pantry, it is simply much easier to keep your entire kitchen organized when there’s a designated place for neatly storing food. There are many different approaches to creating the perfect walk-in pantry design to suit your individual needs. We’ve gathered a list of walk-in pantry ideas to inspire your kitchen organization. Let’s take a look at what’s possible!

1. Add Countertops

Although most walk-in pantries consist of walls lined with shelving, why not consider adding in some countertops? This spacious kitchen pantry features butcher block counters and ample open shelving both below and above the countertops. Use the countertops as additional space for food prep, for unloading groceries, or for storing small appliances.

Notice how this homeowner also used a number of plastic baskets to keep all of their food items contained and organized. This makes finding exactly what you need much easier and efficient.

2. Open Shelving

In some cases, the simplest design turns out to be the best. Pantry shelves that are open and adjustable will suit nearly everyone’s needs, now and for many years to come. All of the items on these shelves are exposed to the open, making them very quick and easy to find. When planning out a walk-in pantry, it’s highly advisable to consider open shelving.

Open shelving not only makes things easy to find, but it also makes unloading and placing your groceries much more efficient. You can also install much more cabinetry in a tighter space since you don’t have to worry about swinging cabinet doors getting in the way.

3. Butler’s Pantry

Traditionally, a butler’s pantry is a space between the dining area and kitchen that is used for food prep, storage, or staging. They have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the desire to entertain in the home. It allows for caterers and hosts to keep all of the serving materials hidden out of the kitchen and dining area and to worry about the cleanup for later.

Aside from storing your food staples, a butler’s pantry can also be used to store all of your utensils, serving dishes, and even your giant turkey carving plate. Positioning the butler’s pantry at the end of a small hallway off of the kitchen is the perfect place for storing not only your staples, but also your linens, and other infrequently used items.

While butlers are mostly a thing of the past, having a functional butler’s pantry can be a wonderful luxury to have. As pictured above, removing the doors, using pull-out shelves, and installing a narrow cabinet can make it much easier to immediately spot whatever you need.

4. A Place for Everything

We understand that organization simply isn’t everyone’s strong suit. However, one of the best ways to stay organized in your kitchen pantry is to have designated spots for everything. Take some time to plan out a layout for your storage space, purchase plastic bins for bulk items, and use labels. Then, put everything in place, and whenever you restock it’ll be much easier to put things away in the appropriate space.

Designate specific sections or shelves for snacks, canned goods, beverages, dinner ingredients, bulk items, appliances, and other pantry items. By using labels, you also make sure that everyone in the household knows exactly where to find things and where to put them away.

5. Neat Organization

The key to having an aesthetically pleasing pantry is organization and presentation – especially when your pantry doors are open more often than not. Coordinating bulk jars is one way to achieve this. The above example also includes matching baskets in the pantry design to help contain smaller items that would make the visible shelves appear cluttered.

Another option for achieving neat organization in your walk-in pantry, this pantry looks presentable with purposeful placement of appliances, food, and cookware on clean, white shelving. Sometimes, being intentional with your pantry organization is all that it takes.

6. Natural Lighting

When designing a pantry, including a source of natural lighting is a great way to make a functional space have some character and appeal. The large window floods this gorgeous pantry with tons of sunlight, creating a very bright and inviting atmosphere.

7. Pantry With Sink

Adding a sink in your design blurs the line between pantry and kitchen. Though, it can add great functionality to the space. If you like to preserve your food, use your pantry for food prep, or just want a convenient place for hand washing your fruits and veggies, think of all the possibilities a sink can bring to your walk-in pantry.

8. Sliding Pantry Doors

There are many different ways of accessing your pantry that you can choose from. However, sliding doors on a walk-in pantry are, arguably, far superior to the alternatives. One of the main benefits of sliding pantry doors is that they allow for extra space.

They make it easier to get in and out of your pantry, allowing you to open only one side if necessary. Also, simply sliding open the doors gives you a full view of what’s inside of your pantry, which can add some efficiency to your cooking.

Finally, sliding pantry doors are not only functional, they also offer a very pleasing look and can be customized to your liking.

9. Glass Entry Door

Another option for closing off your walk-in pantry is by using a glass door. As opposed to a traditional door, this will make it easier to view everything inside of your pantry from the outside – without needing to open the door.

10. Climate Controlled

This design has a walk-in refrigerator off of the main pantry. Alternatively, you can have your entire walk-in pantry be climate controlled. While this blurs the line between pantry and refrigerator, it is ideal for restaurants or any home that frequently entertains and requires more storage space than a conventional refrigerator.

11. Library Ladder

What’s better than using a stool in your walk-in pantry? A ladder! These don’t have to be limited to libraries or even closets. Add a sliding ladder to your walk-in pantry to infuse both convenience and elegance in the space. It’s functional and also gives your pantry a unique touch.

12. Small Walk-In Pantry

You don’t need to carve out a ton of space to achieve an attractive and functional walk-in pantry. This small pantry features plenty of storage space and even a narrow countertop that can be used for food prep. The top shelves are dedicated to less-used items.

To help conserve space in a small walk-in pantry and increase functionality, consider opting for sliding doors instead. They’ll make a world of a difference.

13. Woven Baskets

This walk-in kitchen pantry features several rows of woven baskets to an appealing natural feel, while also keeping all the food items secluded and organized. Baskets are a great choice for storing root vegetables and fresh citrus fruits, as they allow the produce to breathe.

14. Can Storage

When it comes to storing cans in your pantry, you likely want to store them in a manner that is safe and at a distance from children, since they can be dangerous if they fall. To keep them organized and easy to find, consider an expandable shelf. Since it expands, it’ll fit nearly any sized pantry shelf or cabinet. It also doesn’t have to be limited for use with cans; use an expandable shelf for storing your condiments, spices, or anything that you want to be easy to view and grab.

Canned food tends to take up a lot of space in the pantry so it’s important that you find a solution that works best for you. Instead of using an expandable shelf, you could also try organizing your canned goods in stackable racks, can dispensers, baskets, or some other DIY method.

15. Old World Industrial Charm

The brick wall and copper shelving give this walk-in pantry a very unique, custom look. Open shelving allows all of the items to be easily visible and a wine rack keeps all of the bottles organized and stored properly. This pantry also makes use of the floor space, with wooden crates that can be used to contain various items.

16. Stylish Pantry

Walk In Pantry Ideas

Just because a pantry is primarily hidden from view doesn’t mean that you can’t jazz it up. The white crown molding with clean open shelving and contrasting lower cabinets add dimension and the modern ceiling light exudes elegance and grandeur. This homeowner even added a rug and fresh flowers for a sophisticated touch.

Is a Walk-In Pantry Necessary?

Whether or not you need a full walk-in pantry will largely depend on your particular storage needs and also your shopping and cooking habits. However, it’s worth noting that most homeowners nowadays expect to have some sort of dedicated space for food storage – whether it’s a cabinet pantry or a built-in model.

If anything, the COVID19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of stocking up on staples, and in terms of volume, nothing compares to a walk-in pantry. Having the amount of space that a walk-in pantry provides can also allow you to stretch out and stay organized. Not to mention, a bigger, more organized space can add visual interest, while being very helpful when planning meals, writing out your grocery list, or cooking.

Walk-In Pantry vs. Cabinet Pantry

Despite the host of benefits and additional features that walk-in pantries offer, they aren’t for everyone. When planning out a remodel project, the kitchen tends to have very limited space and even a small walk-in closet may take up too much. With open kitchen layouts being the trend right now, this makes it much more difficult to include a walk-in pantry into the design.

Fortunately, you can have roughly the same amount of functionality with a simple cabinet pantry. A cabinet pantry generally includes floor-to-ceiling cabinets that are designated for food storage. You can even add a lazy Susan or narrow shelves inside the cabinet doors for efficiently storing canned goods, spices, and other small items. Also, consider installing batwing doors on your cabinet pantry to maximize storage space.

Jessica Stone

Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.

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