Places: The Pantry

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

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Image of a rustic pantry

Image by Andrea McKay via flickr

While making plans to prepare large meals and entertain friends and family, we started peering into other people’s pantries around the web for storage and organization ideas we could incorporate. One of the first things we noticed is how few homes have a pantry, especially homes built after the mid- to late 1950s. Yet, as you can see from this wonderful photo taken by Andrea McKay, there’s a certain charm and utility that surrounds the whole notion of pantries, which is probably why builders are reporting they have become one of the most requested features in new homes.

In homes without pantries, finding space for one poses a challenge. And, even if you’re lucky enough to have a pantry, maximizing its storage potential takes planning. Take a peek into a few of these pantries and you may see some ideas to help with storage and organization around your kitchen.

Images of Pantries Past And Present

Images via Antique Home Style & The Home Depot

The Hoosier Cabinet (left) was created in the early 1900s to be an all-in-one kitchen and pantry for smaller American homes that often lacked closets, cabinets or pantries for food and kitchen storage. Today, multipurpose cabinets like the Home Style Buffet (right) offer the storage options of a pantry that can be conveniently located wherever is best in your home.

Image of a pantry organization chart

Image via In My Own Style

Assessing your cooking and entertaining habits, everyday usage, and bulk storage needs is a vital step toward achieving a pantry design that truly works for your home. When Diane at In My Own Style decided to convert a closet just off the kitchen into a pantry, she planned meticulously. She measured the width and height of everything she needed to store and spaced her shelves accordingly. And, while she used pine boards as shelving, you may want to consider durable wire shelving and pantry organization baskets and racks for your pantry.

Image of the Barefoot Contessa's Wire Shelf Pantry

Image via House Beautiful

In her East Hampton home, Ina Garten, the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa, uses simple freestanding wire shelves as a pantry to holds plates, props and cooking supplies. If this simple arrangement works for the Barefoot Contessa, it will work for you, too.

Image of an Amoire Repurposed As A Pantry

Image via Apartment Therapy

In addition to making an excellent drink station, amoires are the purr-fect pantry when repurposed for kitchen storage.

Image of a larger, beautiful, well-organized walk-in pantry

Image via Design Sponge

Anyone who enjoys spending time cooking in the kitchen would love an open walk-in pantry like this one we spotted on Design Sponge. It looks more like a boutique general store — with its rows upon rows of neatly displayed glass jars filled with seemingly every spice and ingredient known to man. The pendant lighting perfectly accentuates the modern rustic appeal of the pantry, and the natural fiber runner makes it all the more homey.

And, if you’re thinking about renovating or remodeling your kitchen, we can help you with all the details — including your pantry. Our online kitchen visualizer tool lets you experiment with style choices, layouts and cabinets from top brands for you new kitchen. We also have a team of hand-picked installation service professionals ready to get to work on your next kitchen project.

See more inspiration and ideas in our Places series here on the Apron Blog.