First of all, you need to have the right amount of space available. Your new pantry also needs to be practical, accessible and not impinge on other parts of the kitchen. And of course, it needs to look fabulous.
Here are our top tips for creating a beautiful, perfectly practical kitchen pantry:
1. Map out the space
Good kitchen design means making the best of every last inch of floorspace. You need to choose the best location for your new pantry, ensuring all your essentials are within easy reach. The last thing you want while cooking is to be trekking into a whole other room just to get a spice jar or other ingredient.
2. Think carefully about how you’ll use your pantry
As well as mapping out the new layout of your kitchen, it’s also smart to plan out storage in your new pantry. Will you be using it daily, or just for overflow storage space? Is the pantry just for crockery and small appliances, or a whole range of dry ingredients?
3. Use sliding doors to save space
If space is a little tight, there are some tricks you can deploy to squeeze in your new pantry comfortably. One of these is to use sliding doors, which can be a real space saver as well as giving you easy access to the pantry. They can also help with creating a streamlined flow throughout the kitchen, which is especially important if you have children or pets running through.
4. Personalise it
The beauty of a walk-in pantry is that it can be a totally personalised space. There are loads of clever storage solutions out there, so you can configure your new pantry exactly how you want it. It’s never too early to start planning how you’ll organise and customise the space.
5. Consider a bespoke design
If you’ve got the budget, it can be well worth bringing in an expert joiner or designer to help you create a bespoke pantry. They can help to ensure a millimetre perfect fit that maximises the available space, even those awkward corners and angles. A bespoke design can also be personalised to your exact liking, and tailored to blend with the rest of your kitchen.
In contrast, it can be much more difficult to find off-the-shelf options that fit and match, not to mention looking the part.
6. On display or hidden away?
The last thing to decide is whether you want to hide that clutter, or make your pantry a part of the kitchen aesthetics. Some people love a sleek, minimalist look in the kitchen, while others want to show off what could turn out to be a lovely statement feature.
If you are showcasing your pantry, consider using a glass or partition door. This makes the pantry part of the kitchen, whereas a solid wall could make the space feel smaller.
Once you’ve finalised your walk-in pantry design, come and speak to the team at A&J Kitchens to ensure a professional, high quality fit and finish.