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

Kitchen Pantry

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 3/17/2021

Having enough kitchen space to store everything and still move around freely is a dream just about every homeowner has had at one point in time. And one way to make that dream come true and get all that space is with the addition of either a pantry cabinet or a larger walk-in version. At first, pantries may seem like a modern day convenience but they actually have quite a long evolution of usage and design. A history that still inspires many of today’s kitchens and dining rooms. So, what is a kitchen pantry?

Definition

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

What Type Of Kitchen Pantry Should I Install?

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. These wonderful additions can provide all the storage space you’ll need to help find every item in your kitchen a home, including your pots and pans. But there are a few things you may want to consider before deciding between a pantry cabinet and a walk-in version:

  • 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? Walk-in versions are great if you need them, but many people find that a cabinet provides a good amount of storage.
  • The second thing you should consider is your budget. Pantry cabinets can range in price to match just about any budget, with everything from upcycled 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.
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