Whether you have a simple cabinet pantry off to the side of your kitchen or a full walk-through butler’s pantry, chances are you are not getting the most out of this valuable storage space. Pantries are designed to hide the clutter and optimize kitchen flow and aesthetics by offering an alternative place to store non-perishables and other kitchen items. But, pantries aren’t just for storage any more! Many functional pantries double as coffee or wine bars, and a place to prepare food — complete with butcher block counters and bar size sinks. To optimize your pantry space to get the most out of it, there are a few things you can do to upgrade. Whether you want a well-hidden pantry or a one that is worthy of being seen by guests, a few changes can make all the difference, and we can show you how.

Semi-Custom Cabinetry

For any storage area, the first step to harnessing the full potential of the space is semi-custom cabinetry. Semi-custom or custom cabinetry allows you to create the storage space that fits your needs — no more, no less. This maximizes space stock cabinets can not. The options for what you can create with semi-custom cabinets are literally limitless!

Depending on the space you are working with, you can use a combination of cabinets including open-faced shelving, base and wall cabinets, and floor-to-ceiling tall cabinetry options. Semi-custom cabinets allow you to combine all the features you are looking for in storage — tasteful, functional, organized — and make them work for you to create the perfect, customized space.

Built-In Storage Options

Built-in storage options help to maximize storage space while keeping belongings neat and organized. Areas that are specifically designed to store a specific product makes things easy to find and eliminates clutter. Often times built-in storage options require considerably less space than adapting regular cabinets and drawers to fit your needs. A few examples of built-in storage that will help you organize and save space include roll-out shelves that allow you to use all of the space on deep cabinets, toe-kick drawers, leMans or peanut-shaped shelves that adapt to awkward spaces, built-in utility and organization racks, trash pullouts, and tilt-out sink false drawer front storage space.

Proper Shelving

Pantries are used to store food and drink items and kitchen appliances, all of which are heavy. To help allow you to follow easy-access storage guidelines — keeping frequently used items at eye level, keeping large or heavy items low, and lighter items high — you’ll need shelves that can support the weight. Shelves of varying height will help accommodate size differences of items while thick, properly braced and supported shelving will help support the weight. While glass shelving may look beautiful, it should be reserved for areas that are not responsible for holding a lot of weight.

Appropriate Cabinet Doors

When selecting cabinet doors for your pantry, there are a number of things to consider. First, do you need cabinet doors at all? Depending on where your pantry is located and the organizational tools you use to hold your pantry shelf items, you may be able to get more out of your pantry by eliminating some or all of the cabinet doors. Of course, most of us prefer to have our cabinet items contained and opt for doors. Glass-front doors offer an easy way to find items while keeping the space lighter. Pull out drawers may be a better option for large bottom-shelf items while traditional cabinet doors are ideal for eye level and higher. If you have a narrow walk-in or walk-through pantry with cabinets on opposing walls, be mindful of how big the doors are and whether or not they may be restricted by the opposing cabinet doors. Hinge top cabinet doors work well in small spaces where obstructions may be unavoidable.

Your pantry is full of potential waiting to be tapped! Harness the storage power while creating an organized space that is as beautiful as the rest of your house. At Corner Cabinet, our designers are experts at optimizing both functionality and your vision of beauty in any room of your home, including the pantry. If you are looking to upgrade your pantry to get the most out of it or create a pantry in your home, contact our design team or stop by our Framingham showroom to find your inspiration today!