Hey friends! As the Orchard Project is wrapping up things are happening so fast and I’m all thrown off of my blogging schedule. Ahh – too much going on at once! Friday Finds will pick up in a few weeks, I promise. In the meantime though, I need to figure out what the HECK I’m going to do in the pantry. I can’t believe we’ll be able to use it in just a few days (eek!) except that I have absolutely no plan for shelving, cabinets, storage, etc. Umm crap. I really need some walk-in pantry ideas. Like now!
So I did what I always do when I’m faced with a design conundrum like this – I went to the internet for inspiration. When I really don’t know where to start with a project it helps me to gather a lot of images of things I like to see where the commonalities are, which tells me what I like verses what I might not be so into. From there I figure out space and budget constraints (because I always like things that aren’t realistic and too costly!) and I hopefully end up with some kind of do-able result that I still really like.
Now that you know the method behind my madness, lets apply it to this. So lets look at some walk-in pantry ideas…
Here’s What I Know:
- My pantry dimensions are 76″ x 59″ – so although it’s a walk-in pantry it isn’t huge.
- I have to work around a transom window on the far (short) wall and a 3′ doorway on the other short wall. (In retrospect, I should have done a 2′ doorway, but live and learn…)
- I have a wine cooler that I’m hoping to put in the pantry somewhere which means one wall (the back one maybe?) will be standard counter depth.
- I want to do more than just open shelves everywhere – I’d like a more formal organization system than just shelving…but I don’t know what.
Below are some images of pantries that I like and a few words about why.
So obviously this pantry is AMAZING with that full-size window and beautifully organized shelves. I like this because it’s about the size of mine (best guess) and it has a ton of storage but also a workspace at the back. I’d have to switch out one of the drawer/cubby combos for the wine cooler, but I think that’s doable. I also like the idea of the shelves stopping to make the counter a little bigger so appliances don’t take up the whole workspace. I just worry that this might not give me enough workspace…humm.
This design has a continuous countertop throughout the shelving so if you needed to, the workspace could be larger. It is divided though and I don’t know that I’d like that. I guess I really need to think about if I’m going to use this for only storage or prep purposes too. Sidetone, I like the ladder idea. My space isn’t this wide, but I think it could be wide enough for a ladder. As far as walk-in pantry ideas go, it’s a neat one.
I love and hate the narrow walkway in this design. I love it because it maximizes storage and best uses the space. I hate it though because it obviously feels cramped. My room is wider than this, but does it make sense to do deeper shelves or stick with a standard 3′ walkway? If I went more narrow, it would look something like what’s above. Humm…?
Another option is to just do storage on the back wall and one side wall with nothing on the other wall. This would give me deeper shelves on both of those walls. Another thing I do like about the pantry above is all of the different custom storage options – it’s not just a bunch of rectangular open shelves. I also like the shelf drawers that pull out – we had that in our last pantry and it’s SO helpful to get things way in the back!
Here’s the same L-shaped idea but with a continuous countertop around which I think I like. This would give me multiple places to put the wine cooler and have some deeper storage for items larger than a foot wide. I also like the closed storage below. Let’s be honest, not all things that I’ll be putting in the pantry will look pretty so some closed storage isn’t a bad idea!
Although perhaps I spoke too soon because everything in this pantry is lovely! Who knew you could have so many pretty food items! I like the idea of clear containers like these and I already have some OXO dry food containers that would work for something like this. Is it realistic to think that I could keep my pantry this organized? I’d like to think so! For all of my walk-in pantry ideas, I hadn’t considered the containers themselves until now.
Again this pantry uses clear containers to display dry foods (and quickly see how much you have) and it looks really nice! I also like the way they use storage going down the long wall for large bowls and pots that can be tricky in a kitchen cabinet. I need to keep that in mind when designing my space since I won’t just be using it for food.
What I’ve Learned
After looking over all of these walk-in pantry ideas and inspiration photos, here’s what I’ve learned…
- I definitely want a work/prep space on the back counter, but I don’t think I need it to wrap around, at least not all the way.
- I want the shelves to go all the way to the ceiling and I’m considering adding a ladder to easily access everything.
- I’m good with a 3′ walkway.
- I’m leaning against doing the L shape (with one blank wall) as the door is in the middle I don’t think that would be the best use of my space.
- I don’t know that I need to build a lot of custom sized cubbies, but I do need to be smart about shelf heights as canned goods don’t need a lot of room, but stacks of mixing bowls do.
- Clearly I want my shelves to be white, as every picture I posted has white shelving!
I will keep everyone posted with what we do! I’m super excited to start this project, as a walk-in pantry wasn’t something I thought I’d be able to pull off in this addition. Yay for maximizing our space. And yay for future trips to The Container Store! 😉