a walk in kitchen pantry stocked with multiple dry good and canned items

Kitchen Pantry

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 1/11/2021

A kitchen pantry may seem like a modern day convenience but they have quite a long evolution of usage and design that still inspires many of today’s kitchens and dining rooms. So, what is a kitchen pantry?


A kitchen pantry is typically a room or a cabinet located in or near the kitchen, which is used to store canned goods, dry goods, and other items, such as tableware or cleaning supplies. Traditionally, pantries were separate rooms from the kitchen and meant for food storage and some preparation. Over time, kitchen pantries have typically lost their role as a preparation space and have been integrated as a cabinet or a small room off the kitchen for storage purposes.

A Pantry Cabinet vs A Walk In Pantry? Here Are A Few Things To Consider:

If you’re building a new home or renovating the one you're in, you may be considering installing a kitchen pantry for some extra storage. But there are a few things you may want to consider before deciding between a pantry cabinet and a walk in pantry:

  • The first thing you need to consider is space. Do you have the space for a walk in pantry? Are you going to lose counterspace if you install a pantry cabinet? How much extra storage do you actually need?
  • The second thing you should consider is your budget. Pantry cabinets can range in price to match just about any budget, with everything from upcycling and DIY options to complete custom cabinetry available. Walk in pantries may require the construction or renovation of an entire room or space, which could get quite expensive.