Fast becoming a necessity in the modern Australian home, walk in pantries (WIP) are an upgrade worth investing in. And with some clever thinking and ideas at the planning stage, you can make your WIP one of the most functional rooms in the house. Kitchens are seen as the hub of the home, we entertain, do homework and generally hang out in our kitchens so its no wonder that WIP’s are now the work space of the kitchen.
Before planning your WIP, you need to think about how you will use the space –
- Food pantry & storage
- Toaster, kettle, microwave, blender etc
- Bench space for food preparation
- Hiding those dirty dishes whilst entertaining
What items would you like to use or store in your pantry?
- Roll out shelves
- Open shelving
- Vegetables baskets
- Bench space
- Small appliance storage
Once you have thought about the above, consider the following points –
Include a Bench
If you have the space to include a bench, then you really should. A added bench, hidden away behind a door will be a life saver as you will have extra bench space to prepare food (if you wish), to store your kettle and toaster (hiding every day appliances) or to create a charging dock for all of your devices and phones. Whatever you use it for, a extra bench top is always handy.
Different Shelving Heights
Placing larger, deeper shelves under your bench top is a great way to store your larger appliances that aren’t used daily, but still within easy reach. Or you can use this space to store the kids school bags, bags of dog food or any bulk purchases you make. Smaller shelving above the bench is the perfect spot for your other food items that are smaller. Choosing a medium sized shelf on a other wall will ensure you have maximised the shelving arrangements in your pantry and there will be a spot for everything.
If you plan to use your kettle, toaster or other electrical items in the pantry then be sure to include enough power points. Even if you don’t plan to use your small appliances in the pantry at this stage, still include at least one power point – I bet it will come in handy at stage!
To Include a Sink or Not?
The ultimate luxury in WIP’s is to include a sink and even a dishwasher. If you entertain a lot, then these additions to your pantry will make your life easier. A second sink can never hurt though and if you have the space and the budget – why not?
A sensor light in the pantry is always a great idea. Coming on and turning off by sensing movement. If you plan to make your WIP more of a work space, then definitely consider over head light such as under the over head shelving so that it brightens your work area.
You can really do as much or as little as you want to your WIP. You can make it an extension of your kitchen with the same tiles, splashback and cabinetry or just keep it as simple as you want!
What are you must haves in your walk in pantry?