Walk-In and Reach-In Pantry Ideas

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Reach-in and walk-in pantries make the most of your kitchen layout by storing everything in one central location. Keep your kitchen organized and food supplies handy with these smart pantry storage ideas.

Tucked Away

Keep food storage hidden and your kitchen looking sleek by putting the pantry behind closed doors. Tall panel-style cabinet doors open to reveal a pantry and a refrigerator, keeping food in one central spot. The pantry's deep shelves are perfect for storing dry, canned, and jarred goods, while adjacent open shelving puts pretty cookbooks and serving pieces on display.

Slim Supply

Turn a small stretch of wall into a hardworking breakfast station. Use cabinet doors to help it blend into the kitchen. Use open shelves to keep creamers, coffee beans, cereals, mugs, and juice pitchers within reach. A small countertop near electrical outlets is the perfect spot to house a coffeepot and toaster. Heavy-duty pullout drawers at the bottom can hold muffin mixes, cereal boxes, and heavy canned goods.

Barnwood Beauty

Who says pantry doors should blend in with their surroundings? A reclaimed barn door breaks up an expanse of matching cabinetry, adding character and a touch of playfulness to an otherwise utilitarian space. Installing a cabinet above the door is a great way to capture additional storage space.

Why Use Open Shelving?

See why open shelving is the key to a super-tidy kitchen pantry.

Restaurant-Style Pantry

No one knows food storage better than restaurants, so why not follow their lead? A swinging door makes for easy in-out access, while frosted glass hides storage from guests. Wire racks from a restaurant supply store are an affordable and stylish place to house foodstuffs and cookware. 

Easy Access

A tall pullout pantry installed in the heart of the kitchen makes it easy to store groceries where meals are prepared. This easy-access pantry matches the other cabinetry for a cohesive look. Although narrow, it slides out to reveal long shelves that pack plenty of storage in a small space.

Now You See It, Now You Don't

Small pantries have a tendency to feel dark and cramped. A frosted glass door is a stylish way to let in light without putting your storage on display. White shelving and an interior light also boost brightness.

Clever Adjustments

Incorporating a floor-to-ceiling, double-door pantry into the cabinetry is a great solution when the kitchen layout doesn't allow for a walk-in closet pantry. Adjustable shelving makes it easy to customize the storage for taller boxes and bottles, as well as canned goods. On-the-door shelving doubles storage capacity by creating more space for small goods.

Bright and Efficient

In a small kitchen, removing the pantry door allows for easier access and keeps the room bright and airy. Adding labels to the shelves and storage containers keeps the tight quarters organized. Another great use of space is to install a variety of horizontal, vertical, and square shelves, as well as sliding spice racks and storage bins.

Butler's Pantry

A butler's pantry at the end of a small hallway off the kitchen is the perfect place to store linens, service pieces, and other infrequently used items. To make it easy to quickly spot what you need, remove the doors from the upper cabinets, install a narrow countertop, and use open-air pullout shelves in the lower cabinets.

Hidden Assets

Hide a walk-in pantry built behind the kitchen walls by installing an upper cabinet with cabinet-look doors below. This fool-the-eye solution provides extra storage in the bulkhead and a seamless look in the kitchen. When a pantry lacks windows, it's important to add ample overhead lighting.

Slide It Out

Convert a cabinet into a pantry by installing slide-out shelves. Keep the small space organized by labeling each shelf and using colorful baskets and bins to corral small items. These simple solutions help family members quickly find what they want, return items to their correct homes, and avoid messy spills from open packaging.

All the Right Angles

A corner pantry with an angled door maximizes storage space in the kitchen. Skip expensive custom cabinetry in favor of basic shelving installed in an L-shape configuration. Use lazy Susan platforms to capture the corners and labeled plastic tubs under the shelves to store paper goods.

To-the-Ceiling Storage

Make the most of a small pantry by outfitting each of the three walls with floor-to-ceiling shelving. Choose deeper, taller shelves for the back wall and short, narrow ledges on each side for cans, bottles, and other pint-size products. Reeded-glass doors hide the pantry's contents but keep the kitchen airy. Installing a pendant light inside the closet makes it easy to grab and go, especially a late-night snack.

Stow Bulk Items

Kitchen pantries aren't limited to storing food. When space allows, create a separate pantry for cleaning products and other household needs. For this catchall storage, it's best to install deep, tall shelves that allow plenty of room for items like paper towels, detergent bottles, and linen-filled baskets.

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