Functional farmhouse walk-in pantry ideas to help you design the kitchen of your dreams.
When designing a kitchen there are so many things to consider. Appliances, finishes, where to put storage, making sure you are using space adequately, and how it will all fit into the flow of your home when everything is said and done. A farmhouse walk-in pantry was a necessity in our kitchen design from the beginning of our home building plans.
Above all, you want a kitchen pantry that is functional for your family. There are so many beautiful pantry ideas out there. But what good is a new pantry space if it's not conducive to your lifestyle? These ideas for walk-in pantries will help you develop a space that you love and fits right in with your family's needs.
Types of Pantry Designs
Looking for the perfect kitchen pantry ideas for your home? These are the most common and traditional type of kitchen pantries seen in many homes. Take a look at this fun selection of pantries below.
- Butler's pantry - an additional room in between kitchen and dining, usually used for more storage or food prep away from guests. Butler's pantries traditional have an additional sink and work space.
- Walk-in pantry - a small room used to store food and sometimes small appliances on open shelving. A walk-in is usually big enough to be able to stand and maneuver around.
- Corner pantry - just like a walk-in pantry, but this one tends to be slightly smaller and is built into the corner of a room, usually with a door to close off the space.
- Freestanding pantry - a pantry that is portable and a good option if you have a small kitchen and need more storage space.
- Pull-out pantry - usually incorporated into your kitchen cabinets and cupboards. Blends well into kitchen and provides more storage as the shelves can be extended out for easy access.
- Built-in cabinet pantry - a pantry that is typically already built into an alcove of the home. Often seen as a row of kitchen cabinets or shelving that provides extra storage without bulk or additional uprights.
Farmhouse Walk-in Pantry Ideas
We purposefully picked a walk-in pantry to style well with our modern farmhouse kitchen. I wanted the large space, as well as the open shelving and flexibility for storage. But there are a few key components to consider when planning your farmhouse pantry designs.
Find Design Help
- Find an objective perspective to help you design your perfect space
Whether it's your interior designer or the company helping with your kitchen cabinets, finding someone to help you design your pantry space and kitchen storage is always a good idea. Keeping a collection of pictures or ideas can help bring your ideal pantry to life.
Luckily, I shared my ideas with Troy at Foxwood who designed this space and made my dreams of a farmhouse style walk-in pantry a reality. One main suggestion when building or designing is to work with people who are willing and able to help the list of your must-haves come to life, while also considering kitchen essentials into the layout.
Important questions to consider when planning a pantry:
- Do you want appliances in your pantry?
- Will your pantry shelves be mainly used to store dry goods or cookware?
- Will you store cleaning items in your pantry?
- Is counter space or work space important?
- How far away will your fridge and oven be?
- Do you want your pantry organization to include open shelves, pull-out drawers, pantry cabinets, or a mix?
Walk-in Pantry Entrance
- Pick doors that depict exactly what you want for your pantry entrance
- Placement of pantry is important
Decide if you want a pantry entrance that will be hidden or more noticeable. Some farmhouse kitchen pantries have a discreet single sliding barn door that blends in with the cabinet finishes. While this works well for some kitchens, we opted for an entrance that is a little more bold.
The double doors are made with raw white oak and a lacquer finish over the top. Glass doors are appealing but I also wanted a mixture of wood to really embellish the farmhouse style. The natural wood blends well with the other finishes. The glass design in the doors helps to let more natural light into the pantry, making the space feel less confined.
These doors are 8 ft tall x 3 ft wide and were custom made to fit the small space by Jaron at North Edge Woodshop Co. We put magnets on the top and bottom to keep the doors shut to the separate room. But I also love that they can be left open with direct access to the main kitchen.
Finding the perfect place for your pantry is important for the overall design of your kitchen. You will want to have fairly easy access to your cooking area and main appliances. It might be hard to have to walk to the opposite side of the kitchen every time you need pantry items for prep.
Also keep in mind that you want a seamless look transitioning between your pantry and your kitchen, possibly even your dining room. Everything should flow and look like it belongs in the functional space.
A Space for Small Appliances
- Choose appliances that you don't mind having in another space
When planning out where to store appliances, it's a great idea to include your smaller items inside your walk-in pantry. Moving appliances into the pantry is a great solution to free up ample space in your kitchen for extra storage, or simply to create clean and clutter-free countertops.
When your pantry isn't very wide, creating a list of your must-haves is a priority. We put our microwave in the pantry, as well as this Elkay Water bottle filler and a pebble ice machine, my husband's must-have. A walk-in pantry is also optimal for smaller appliances like a coffee machine, KitchenAid, wine fridge or toaster.
Our pebble ice machine and water bottle filler are easily our most used appliances. You will want to have quick access to these so right inside the pantry is perfect. If you are in Utah, I would highly recommend visiting Great Western Supply in Ogden. They will take such great care of you!
Walk-in Pantry Storage and Organization
- Pick easy organizers that help you to see what the item is
- Use a variety of storage
My goal for my house was to have a place for EVERYTHING. Even in the pantry. Having a well-organized pantry as well as attractive space is always ideal. Shop all of my pantry organization here.
Jars and Container Options
The gallon glass jars are great for food storage and dry goods. I opted to use these for holding sugar, flour, beans, rice and even my husband's protein powder.
The clear plastic containers are by OXO. They have the button on top that you push to seal. I have absolutely LOVED these. I use these for dry items like crackers, pretzels, noodles, hot chocolate, oatmeal, croutons and a few other baking items.
These are especially great for food items that your kids get into. No more leaving bags half open or food that goes stale. My kids will actually put the lid back on these to keep things fresh. No need for clips that break or twisty ties that get lost.
The containers with the black lids are great for my baking supplies. They have a little different lid than the OXO containers. They are still airtight and I have really liked them as well. (view here)
I found wire baskets to store on my lower shelves for produce that doesn't need to be refrigerated.
For stuff that is not as pretty to store I bought these seagrass baskets to store on the open shelves. Wicker baskets might also work for a similar look. What a great way to create a stylish appearance. Some of the items in there include: Top Ramen, cake mixes and other baking supplies, packaged oatmeal, etc.
Canned Food Storage
And these awesome racks make storing and rotating my canned goods so much easier. What a lifesaver. Not only does the rack help to organize my cans with enough space, but it helps me to rotate the food as well. (view here)
- Choose finishes that will easily transition into each space
- Pick a neutral color palette for ease and longevity
My flooring is from ADM Flooring. It is called Vintage Beige and is 7.5" wide. I love the farmhouse style engineered wood that has a beautiful wire-brushed technique used on the top layer to display more of a rustic style. You can view how we installed it here.
Having a countertop in the walk-in pantry is an ideal spot to have an area for food prep. These white countertops are Liberty Bronze Quartz from Daltile.
Pantry Shelving Ideas and Cabinets
I love having a combination of open white shelves with the wood cabinets that include drawers. The color scheme and design is modern and neutral with bright white, natural wood and black accents that tie in really well to our modern farmhouse design elements. The cabinets are painted in Chalk White by Benjamin Moore.
The black finishes make the hardware pop with all of the dark accents against the light wood and white cabinets.
Here are the plans for our walk-in pantry! You can see how it was drawn and how it turned out are not the same. It is the same size, but I changed things up inside as we went along. This is why it is so important to have someone willing to work with you on changing up ideas!
We actually have a spot for a fridge along that back wall so we don't have those extra shelves. I also made the doorway a little bigger so I could have double doors. When custom building, don't forget to think outside of the box!
Whether you are making plans to design a custom pantry or building one using cabinetry from Home Depot or another hardware store, take the time to do it right. Find inspiration to guide you on your journey to create the perfect walk-in pantry for all of your needs.
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