If you don’t want to spend your time keeping your kitchen spotless, a walk-in pantry is a great solution. Read on for some tips to create a practical, hardworking space that in turn will help keep your kitchen clutter free.
Related article: 11 types of white kitchen splashback tiles: Add interest with shape over colour Consider how much space you can allocate to the walk-in pantry, as this will determine the overall design — either straight line, L-shape or U-shape. If your walk-in pantry is quite open, keeping the finishes similar to the main kitchen is important. However, if your walk-in pantry is not fully open and on display, consider opting for less expensive materials if you need to keep costs down.
Instead of using the same materials as your main kitchen (which may be stone or marble), consider choosing a more reasonably priced option such as a laminated benchtop for a fraction of the cost. Keep a small fold up stool handy so you can safely access the higher shelves when you need.
Design the perfect walk-in pantry by using a mix of open and closed storage.
If you don’t want small appliances taking up valuable space in your main kitchen, your walk-in pantry is the perfect solution. You can use this space to store your small appliances, such as toasters, kettles, blenders, mix masters or a coffee machine. A tucked away pantry creates a seamless look for a modern kitchen and out of direct sight of your living and dining areas.
Consider a motion sensor LED light that turns on automatically when you open the door. If you’re going to spend more time in there than a standard walk-in pantry, consider natural light and ventilation such as a window or skylight to make it a comfortable space to be in. Plan for what you want in your walk-in pantry, so you have enough storage, power points, plumbing and electrical requirements.
You might also like to check out Gina’s tour of her butler’s pantry where she shares her favourite design features and things she would do differently next time.
Known for her modern and pared back aesthetic, her design style is inspired by the balance between function, beauty and simplicity. When not designing, she’s a mum to two beautiful young girls and married to Michael, her sports obsessed husband.
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