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14 Pantry Designs for Your Portland Remodel

Posted by Lane Cooper on Oct 30, 2018 8:12:59 AM

If you’ve got the space, and the stuff to fill it, a walk-in pantry is a nice luxury to include in the remodel of your Portland, Oregon, kitchen. But there are lots of other pantry design ideas that can make your kitchen work smoothly.

Here are 14 designs to consider: 

Space to Spare

Let’s start with that spacious walk-in pantry. We’re told that some luxury homes have pantries that approach the size of an entire kitchen, with shelves to contain appliances, cookware, and food stores of every kind. Keep in mind, though, that the more space you have, the more you’ll have to keep organized and clean.

  • If your pantry shelves go all the way to the ceiling, consider a rolling library-style ladder.

  • Often a wine cooler is placed below the countertop in the kitchen island or among the cabinets, but if you have a large walk-in pantry, you could keep the cooler stashed in there.

  • A sliding barn door for the pantry gives a country feel to your kitchen.

  • On your pantry shelves, focus on organization, using labeled glass jars, labeled open-top baskets, and other easy-to access containers.

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Free-Standing and Built-In Pantries

  • If you can’t afford the space in your remodel for a walk-in pantry, think about dedicating a wall or a corner in your kitchen area to one or more tall cabinets that serve as a pantry, with either open shelving (neatly organized, of course) or cabinet doors. Free-standing cabinets cost less than built-ins.

  • The market is full of creative built-in pantry cabinets that combine pull-out, swing-out, and rotating shelves.

Storage Tricks

To supplement your walk-in or cabinet pantry, you could incorporate these ideas into your remodeled kitchen to keep certain items close at hand.


  • Install a slender pullout “pantry” in space that normally would be wasted, such as between the refrigerator and the wall, or the oven and a cabinet. In that little space, a pullout rack will hold (and hide) kitchen towels, and a hidden knife block will keep your cutlery out of sight but right where you need it.

  • Here’s a clever use of space that no one thinks of using: Install a pullout drawer in a cabinet toe-kick to hold your pet’s food bowl. Drawer slides out, bowl is filled and dropped into the space for it, Fido chows down, bowl is taken away, and drawer slides out of sight.

  • Customized drawers and pullouts have become all the rage, replacing lower cabinet shelves that are hard to reach or see into. Deep drawers can hold larger pots and small appliances or inserts for dishes, silverware, and baking sheets; and a pullout can contain trash and recycling containers or shelves for food storage.

  • Corner cabinets have been rescued from dark, inconvenient obscurity by new takes on the traditional Lazy Susan such as corner drawers, rotating recycling bins, and rotating hanging racks for pots and pans.

Butler’s Pantry

You don’t need a butler to enjoy the benefits of his pantry. This room or hallway off the kitchen serves as a food-prep space and storage area for dishes and small appliances.

  • Depending on the setup of your kitchen, the butler’s pantry can double as a bar.

  • A pass-through opening into the kitchen or dining area eases the transfer of prepared food.

  • If you’ve got the room for it, a small desk, built-in or not, gives you a place to sit and do paperwork without cluttering your kitchen area.

An Extra Kitchen

What’s the biggest benefit, and the biggest drawback, of open-plan layouts? It’s the openness of it all. That means any clutter or mess in your open kitchen is visible from anywhere else in your kitchen-dining room-living room-family room acreage.

That’s why high-end homes are now being built or remodeled with a new room called a “messy kitchen.” It’s a second, hidden kitchen where you can prepare the bulk of your meal, leave appliances out on the counters, and keep your open kitchen gloriously uncluttered when entertaining guests. The messy kitchen comes fully equipped with its own countertops, cabinets, sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator.

Kitchen Design Guide from COOPER Design Build

Topics: Design-Build Portland, Kitchen Remodeling, Remodeling Ideas, Design, Custom Home, Planning a Remodel, Kitchen Design