In last week’s blog we talked about some of the latest interior features for cabinetry. This week we’re talking about pantries: styles, features, options and the specialized storage and organization they can offer you when designing–or redesigning–your kitchen.
A pantry is a specialized storage unit usually found in a kitchen. While a pantry used to mean a small room or closet, today advances in cabinetry mean that you can actually install a pantry cabinet unit, which provides the additional storage space and organization that modern kitchens require.
Today’s cabinet pantries offer a variety of options for you, allowing you to tailor them to your personal household needs. Please stop into our showroom at Cabinets & Designs and let us show you some of the options on display.
Why Choose a Pantry Over a Traditional Cabinet?
Choosing pantry storage for your kitchen contributes to more efficient use of the available vertical space. Customizable cabinet pantries allow you to choose features that suit your needs, and allow you to go beyond “hiding” your food behind closed doors to storing and organizing it in a way that makes your kitchen a more enjoyable place to cook and entertain.
Door shelving in pantries serves to both increase total storage space, and allows you to customize the kind of space you need. If you want to store your dried herbs and spices in the pantry doors, choosing shorter, shallower shelves spaced closer together will keep the jars upright and stored neatly for easy access. Choosing deeper shelves, spaced more widely apart for your door shelving would work better if you like to keep your bottles and jars of back-up condiments on the door—ketchup, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, etc.
Wood vs. Wire
Pantry options also include the choice of selecting wood versus wire organizational inserts. Of course the wood offers a classic look, but if you live in a household with small children the easy-cleaning and open design of wire may be more convenient for your lifestyle.
Customization really happens when you start choosing organizational add-ons for your kitchen pantry unit. You can design the pantry that fits your family’s lifestyle to get the most for your money. Wood-Mode cabinets offer a wide variety of options. Whether you want full-sized interior swinging doors, or a single swivel shelf, Wood-Mode products provide customizable features for your pantry. Wood-Mode also allows you to mix wood and wire organizational inserts. This is great if you want to designate an area for the kids’ snacks; choose wire racks at kids’ height for easy visibility, and so they can grab-and-go in a hurry.
Specialized Pantry Units
Home cooks and bakers who need greater options can choose specialized pantry units that can be used for a specific function, such as a spice rack pantry. If your collection of herbs and spices is larger than a customized door unit can handle, you can install a separate unit that is designed for that specific purpose.