Design Your Perfect Pantry: According to LiLu
How to Design Your Perfect Pantry
Design your perfect pantry? Yes, you can do it! The first step is understanding the options in pantry design and deciding which type of pantry will fit your family’s cooking style the best. In every home and every kitchen design, we do storage plays an important role. In the kitchen, one of the major spots that packs major storage and function is the pantry. There are four basic types of pantries that you should consider. If you design the perfect pantry it will change your life and make cooking easier and more pleasurable.
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A pantry cabinet can be a great option if you love having access to everything you need in the kitchen close by. I call this point of use storage. The idea is that you store things right where they will be needed and adds efficiency to your kitchen.
The beauty of the pantry cabinet is there are several kinds of these pantries. A double door cabinet with roll out shelves and spice shelves on the doors was perfect in this kitchen we remodeled for a serious cook, who loves to cook in a leisurely way but likes the beauty of having everything she needs within the main kitchen.
Pull-out pantry cabinets are great in kitchens with a smaller footprint. Yes, the is the way to design the perfect pantry for your small kitchen for the passionate cook. If the pantry is narrow and deep a pullout will prevent losing things in the back of the pantry or forgetting what you have in the pantry.
-Point of use storage
-Great for small kitchens
-Can use multiple pantry cabinets in larger kitchens
-Efficient for the busy cook
-Some have no counter directly adjacent
-Often not appropriate for Costco size containers
Why would you use a walk-in pantry? The first reason I would choose a walk-in would be if I had a larger family (or teen boys) and need to keep a large amount of dry goods and stable ingredients on hand. Another reason we sometimes use this option for homes that are far from shopping opportunities. One new construction home we designed in Hawaii had a 50- minute drive from a grocery store.
This is a great choice for people who want storage adjacent to the main kitchen and want to store a lot of extra ingredients. These pantries often have an obvious entry door in the corner of the kitchen and sometimes they are designed into the cabinetry as a “hidden” pantry.
-Large amount of storage
-All storage easy to see on open shelves
-Good for serious cooks with larger families
-Need to walk a bit into the kitchen to gather things
-Need good memory
A butler’s pantry is the way to design the perfect pantry for the home entertainer. It usually connects the kitchen to the dining room and is the perfect place to store needed cutlery, serving dishes, and can have a warming drawer to keep plated food warm before serving.
The butler’s pantry can allow you to stage multiple courses of a meal in a space adjacent to but hidden from the dining room, so the experience of a dinner party is a seamless and elegant one.
While most homes today don’t have butlers working daily, many serious entertainers may hire servers or caterers for a special occasion or important business entertaining. Having a butler’s pantry becomes a must-have when you have occasional staff.
If you are a big entertainer and love cooking, you might consider that the perfect pantry design for you is probably a butler’s pantry + a walk-in or pantry cabinets.
-Keeps mess out of dining room
-Great storage for all things entertaining
-Perfect for the big dinner party-giver
-Not much food storage
-Takes space and may be best for larger homes
-May go unused if you don’t entertain
The scullery kitchen is making a big come back in modern homes for several reasons. Many people have adopted an open floor plan where the kitchen, living, and dining rooms are open to each other. The scullery kitchen gives these homes a spot where the messy business of cooking the perfect meal or the cleanup can be hidden from the view of the family or guests.
It can also have a second set of appliances and a working sink. A scullery kitchen is perfect for larger parties as a spot to store food and pre-prepared platters. When you have a larger event, it can also become a caterer’s kitchen and set up area. Extra ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers are the ultimate luxury for the busy household.
The main idea is to keep the dirty work in the scullery. If you just don’t have the time or energy to clean up after that big dinner the mess all goes in the scullery because as Scarlet said, “tomorrow is another day”. If you have Scarlett’s attitude a scullery is definitely the design of your perfect pantry.
-Keeps mess out of the great room
-Who would say no to an extra set of appliances
-Can store extra food and dry goods
-Takes up a large space
Whether you are considering a kitchen remodel or designing a new construction home we encourage you to design your perfect pantry! A great pantry can allow you to cook daily and entertain just the way you want to with less stress!
13 February, 2021 at 7:42 am
What a wonderful post. My grandfather had a butler’s pantry in their home as they did a lot of entertaining – and it had a sink ( for garden arrangements ) and an extra fridge/freezer for the caterers to use.
The idea of 3 separate areas for those that entertain a lot of just don’t want the mess showing, is so great.
Thanks for the inspiration!
13 February, 2021 at 9:27 am
What a great post on the variety of pantry options. I dream of having a house with a butler’s pantry!! As a rabid entertainer and cook with a dishware obsession, that would be ideal for me, but alas, I do not currently have the space for one. #pantrygoals
13 February, 2021 at 10:41 am
What a beautiful blog post – so much eye candy. The Butler’s Pantry will always have my vote for best storage solution.
13 February, 2021 at 4:14 pm
What great info! Not being much of a cook but definitely someone with a small kitchen and limited space, I love the pantry wall and the pantry cabinet!
14 February, 2021 at 7:49 am
LOVE all of these examples especially the blue pull out pantry!!
14 February, 2021 at 11:25 am
This is such a great run through of the different types of pantries. I loved how you included the pros and cons for each option.
Where I live, we are taking out a lot of the corner pantries and opting for a panty cabinet(s).
14 February, 2021 at 1:31 pm
Wonderful post Lisa! My personal favorite will always be a butlers pantry. The classic design with easy access storage pulls my heart strings ;)!