By z41. Pantry Cabinets. At Tuesday, August 13th 2019, 13:47:53 PM.
Cabinet depth plays an important role in a food pantry. Vitzthum prefers one side lined with deep cabinets, and narrower storage, about eight inches deep, along remaining walls. “Eight inches of depth is typical, particularly above waist level,” she says. “You don’t want to have more than two cans in a row on a shelf. Things get lost in the back. Unused dead space would be better served by more maneuvering room.
For a more traditional look, a relatively small bit of construction can convert a typical doored closet into a niche for a pantry cabinet — either a custom-sized unit or a few prefab cabinets with slim filler panels on the ends to give a seamless look.
If you’re considering installing pantry cabinets, you’ll first want to measure the space in your existing or planned pantry. If you’ve got a large space with room for plenty of cabinets, doors, and pullouts, you’re in luck. It’s more likely that your pantry space is somewhat crowded, which means you’ll need an efficient pantry cabinet plan. This might mean installing shallower shelves and drawers, or a tambour door that will allow for maximum efficiency in your kitchen storage space. Using Wellborn’s YouDrawIt program, it is possible to make your pantry however you want it. Pantry cabinets are essential to any room in the home but in the heart of the home it is a necessity. With pantry cabinets, it’s about functionality and organization.
Sometimes planning the storage in your home can be a matter of prioritizing. A space used for a closet near the kitchen can be handy for storing coats and boots or cleaning supplies, but converting this space into a pantry with many shelves and drawers may be the better option for your needs.
Storage pantries are descended from the buttery (commonly known as butt’ry), named after the large barrels or “butts” of ale, wine, and liquors stored there. These rooms were housed in cool northern corners of Colonial homes. The butler’s pantry emerged in grand estates during the nineteenth century, particularly its latter half. Sited between the kitchen and dining room as a buffer between dinner guests and staff, it allowed servers to plate meals and also stored china and silver. This upper-class feature eventually spread to middle-class homes.
During the twentieth century, the lack of storage in kitchens grew increasingly problematic, and pantry cabinets began to migrate beyond their confines. The Hoosier cabinet, a multipurpose furniture piece complete with cabinets and counters space, was popular from the turn of the century to the 1920s. In the 1950s, as refrigeration improved, prepared foods became more common, and kitchens gained additional cabinets and fixtures, America experienced a general recession in pantry construction.