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10 Top Tips you need when designing a Pantry space

Photo Credit: Sherise Fleming

A well designed Pantry can maximize space and give you much needed storage. And who doesn't want that? Check out our 10 top tips when designing your pantry space.

1. Walk-in or built in? The first design question you need to ask yourself is whether the space has room for a walk-in or a "butlers pantry", or if the size of your kitchen only allows for a traditional pantry cupboard? Tip: Get creative and think about what rooms are next to the kitchen in your home that may be "dead space" or have the ability to be converted into a butlers pantry, such as an existing linen press or an over sized laundry that you could pinch some space from.

2. Storage Needs? Once the type of pantry is decided ask yourself what you will be storing? Are you a passionate cook with large appliances that will need their own space, how large is your family, do you need lots of space for groceries and the like?

3. What is your kitchen style? Do you like having appliances on your benchtop for easy access or to show -off a stylish coloured toaster or kettle? Or do you prefer the minimalist look? Appliance cupboards are great options if you would prefer to hide away all your every day items, but still have easy access to them like some previous pantry projects we have completed- See below.

Photo Credit: Lisa Hayman

4. Drawers! Incorporating drawers into your design below a pantry unit (seen above) or"splitting the pantry in half" with a cupboard above and drawers below is a great way to access all the items that normally get lost at the back of a cupboard.

5. Pull-out shelves: Install pull-out shelves in your pantry to make it easier to also access items stored at the back. These shelves allow you to utilise the entire depth of the pantry effectively. Scalloped shelves are also a great way to allow easy access to items both visually and manually.

6. Pantry Door Storage: Utilise the back of a pantry door by adding storage solutions such as spice racks or a hanging organiser . This is a great space to store spices, small bottles, or even cleaning supplies on the back of your pantry door. See an example below of the product; SIGE Door Follow Pantry Soft Close, from our supplier Wilson & Bradley which we recently installed in a kitchen that had limited space due to doubling as a laundry. Click here to see more similar products from this supplier.

Photo credit: Wilson and Bradley and Designer Cabinetry

7. Overhead Storage: If you have high ceilings, consider utilising overhead space by installing additional shelves or hooks for hanging pots, pans, or rarely used items above pantry units.

8. Utilise the Floor Space: Don't overlook the floor space in your pantry. Install small bins or baskets to store larger items like onions and potatoes, cleaning supplies, or bulky pet food products.

9. Task Lighting: Incorporate adequate lighting in your pantry to ensure you can easily see and access items. Under-cabinet lighting or motion sensor lights can be useful for illuminating dark corners and looks visually gorgeous!

10. Tech Integration: Consider integrated refrigerators that can seamlessly blend in with your pantry cupboards and, can help you keep track of your pantry supplies, create shopping lists, and ensure items are used before expiration.

Remember, when designing your pantry, it's essential to consider your specific needs and the available space in your kitchen. There are so many more ideas, tips and tricks, browse our gallery at to gather inspiration or follow us on our socials for great ideas, inspiration and content and you will be well on your way to the kitchen of your dreams!

Photo Credit: Sherise Fleming

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