Here at Rudisill Cabinet Shop, we want to help you get the most use out of your space. No matter how much room you have, if you want to maximize its function, you will need to make sure that your storage space is well-designed and -organized. When it comes to your kitchen, one of the most important storage areas is the pantry. In this article, our team will go over a few tips on how to design kitchen pantry cabinets that work for your needs.
- Consider What Will Go in the Pantry. When designing custom kitchen pantry cabinets, one of the first things that we ask our customers is what they plan to store in this area. Most people store things like canned goods, dry ingredients (such as flour and rice), and spices in the pantry, but there’s no reason you can’t also use this space to store small appliances or cookware as well.
- Plan Shelf Spacing. Because your kitchen pantry cabinet will need to house items of many different sizes, it’s important to space the shelves out appropriately. A good general recommendation is to space bottom shelves about 18-24” apart in order to store bulky items. Shelves at eye level should be about 14-16” inches apart for things like cereal boxes or canisters. Finally, shelves for things like cans and spices can be shorter and shallower, often not needing more than 6” from front to back.
- Allow Room for Access. As a last tip, make sure that your kitchen pantry cabinet has enough space for you to reach in comfortably and get the ingredients you need. While you could technically store more food by placing your shelves closer together, you wouldn’t be able to get to it when you needed it but would have to load and unload the stuff in front every time.