Pantry Placement: How to Find the Sweet Spot for Food Storage

The pantry plays an important role in the kitchen. It provides valuable food storage also helps direct the room’s traffic stream. Even though there isn’t any single perfect place within all kitchens to put a pantry, there’s a sweet spot in yours. Finding that location is a matter of determining your specific household needs and working together with the space you’ve got.

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The ideal placement. When drawing up plans for a new or renovated kitchen, most designers try to place a pantry at the handiest location: within steps of the main kitchen job zones.

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“I call this chicken test,” says architect James Crisp. “If you’re creating a chicken dish — chicken soup, fried chicken or what have you — you need to be able to scrub, cut and prepare it with ease. If you can not, it’s miserable. This is how I decide in which all of the kitchen features, for example, pantry, should go.”

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To gauge where your pantry will fit best for the chicken test, first figure out the structure of your job zones — particularly the regions around the refrigerator, oven, sink and cooktop.

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Appliance placement comes first. “The pantry is also ought to be carved from resultant space,” Crisp says. “This comes after the kitchen primary layout and flow are determined.”

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Ideally, there’ll be plenty of space left over within this work zone to get an appropriate-size pantry, even if it means becoming inventive with nooks, crannies and corner spaces.

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Determining the right size. In a perfect kitchen scenario, your pantry could be as big as you’d like, but we’re all restricted by the spaces we’ve.

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Pantry placement and dimensions frequently go hand in hand; you generally dictates the other. The good news about this is that there’s no specific formula for perfect dimensions or placement — or perhaps for the number of food storage areas that you need.

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Let’s begin with your area needs. If you’re a big cereal-eating, canned-food-loving family, it might behoove one to dedicate space to get a walk in closet-like pantry.

The placement of such a cabinet will be dictated by where you can carve out the space. But what if you don’t have this kind of room?

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Finding room in the area you’ve got. Space constraints may force you to create a smaller, more efficiently designed pantry at a different spot.

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Compromising position. Remember that a renovation frequently offers fewer choices for pantry placement than building new. This is since a renovation normally must work within existing parameters, whereas new structure tends to have more wiggle room with dimensions and wall placement.

Thus, a renovated kitchen may require more compromise when it comes to pantry placement.

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Translation: You might want a walk-in cabinet, but if it means not having a full size refrigerator, you’ll probably need to settle for a more compact cabinet, maybe within a cabinet.

A number of the very best cabinet pantries are located next to the refrigerator, sink or range.

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Think out the single cabinet. You may have convinced yourself that your cabinet should be one space. In reality, you might be happier having multiple pantries specializing in different food items.


Going back into Crisp’s chicken test, select locations in which you can most easily get bread, spices and the like when maintaining a hand near that bird.

“I wouldn’t place my spices or immediate flour, oil and stock needs in a walk-in cabinet,” Crisp says. “I prefer to keep that sort of material in a cabinet right next to my stove. I would save the walk in pantry to the excess bread sacks, speciality items and seldom-used appliances.”

A upper cabinet, exposed or not, next to the cooktop might be the best bet for one of your multiple pantry locations.

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Reduced rollout spice pantries might serve you better flanking the cooktop, based upon your height and cooking style.

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Rollout cabinets between the cooktop and ovens let you access immediate ingredients precisely when and where you need them most.

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What’s your pantry M.O.? Think carefully about how you will really use a cabinet, also in the event that you’ll need plenty of room for keeping small appliances, wine and serveware.

If you’re thinking about adding a butler’s pantry, which may also be a serving station, you will need to place it in a location that’s available but doesn’t mess with the kitchen’s primary purposes.

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When you’re integrating a cabinet to some universal-design kitchen, doors and spaces between cupboards will need to be larger, to allow for turning radii. This may lessen the available pantry area.

Beyond those standards, a universal-design pantry is best placed in cabinets in near proximity to the cooking and prep area, at just the right elevation and with rollout features.

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Even though there’s absolutely no one perfect pantry placement for all kitchens, there’s a good spot somewhere in yours. It is only an issue of strategic planning and compromise.

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