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No matter whether you're a masterful cook, a baking fan, or just someone managing their busy family's health, the pantry is an invaluable part of your kitchen. And as you plan your new kitchen, you will undoubtedly have to decide which of two types of pantries you want: a cabinet pantry or a walk-in pantry. Which is right for you? Here are a few of the pros and cons of both options.
The Pros and Cons of a Walk-In Pantry
Many people who have a large kitchen to work with feel that the ultimate in pantry luxury and usefulness is a walk-in style. And certainly, if your kitchen is large, a smaller pantry could easily be dwarfed and feel out of proportion for its size. In a more modest kitchen, the walk-in pantry allows you to keep food storage and selection away from the main kitchen activities. It also provides a nearly 360-degree storage option.
Unfortunately, some of that space in a walk-in style will be wasted. You'll need to reserve space for walking around and maneuvering. And tall or deep shelves may not end up as useful as they seemed when installed. This less-efficient use of space generally takes up significant kitchen real estate you could use for other things unless you incorporate them into your pantry's layout.
The Pros and Cons of a Cabinet Pantry
Cabinet pantries don't get as much attention, but they can be just as luxurious as a walk-in. Today's storage technology and design allow you to customize your shelves and cabinets for your own style of use, such as by adding large pull-out racks and bins. But the use of space will nearly always be more efficient than the walk-in pantry's vast footprint.
The downside of the cabinet pantry's more compressed design is that it may be more difficult to organize and keep maintained. Customization can make this easier, but you're limited in what you can change or accomplish within its size and shape limitations. Some families find that they outgrow a cabinet pantry faster than a walk-in.
Where You Should Start
Want to know more about the pros and cons of pantry styles in your particular kitchen layout? Start by meeting with a custom kitchen remodeling service in your area. They will look at your kitchen or your plans and find the best use of space for a comfortable and useful food storage system. Call today to make an appointment.