When creating a pantry for a client, you should give it as much thought as you would any other feature in a kitchen. To do this, you’ll want to concentrate on two areas. The first is to choose a style of kitchen cabinetry that enhances the exterior. The second is to design a functional interior for your client’s convenience.

  1. External Beauty

Whether you design a pantry that blends in with the rest of the kitchen cabinets, or you contrast the design to create a gorgeous focal point, your cabinetry choice will set the tone.


A double-door pantry that spans a wall from floor to ceiling near a prep area is the best location. If that much room doesn’t exist in your kitchen design, then a single-door pantry will work just as well.

Cabinet Design

Match the current kitchen cabinet design if you want a clean, coordinated look. For a look that stands out, you can choose a different cabinet design, such as matching your Shaker kitchen cabinets with a flat-panel cabinet design for the pantry.

Cabinet Color

For an uninterrupted flow, the cabinet color for the panty should match the rest of the kitchen cabinetry. However, to create a focal point, use a darker wood stain or even paint the pantry cabinets a contrasting color such as a deep blue or a pale yellow.


Install matching handles or knobs to help the pantry blend in with the rest of the cabinetry. If you’ve used matching cabinetry, but you want the pantry to stand out a bit, then forego hardware altogether or select a bold color for the handles or knobs.

  1. Internal Efficiency

Because the pantry is one of the most frequently accessed areas of a kitchen, you should maximize the interior design for efficiency and convenience.

Floor Storage

Allow an ample amount of space at the bottom of the pantry to hold heavy or bulky items. This area will then become a perfect spot for a client to store things such as bottles of soda or bags of dog food.

Wire Baskets

The next layer in the pantry should contain one or two baskets, depending on whether you’ve designed a single-door or double-door pantry. This feature is perfect for holding fresh fruits or vegetables.


Above the baskets, place one or two drawers. A drawer is an excellent location for things such as flavor packets, candy bars, or even microwavable popcorn bags. This area provides a convenient place to keep those smaller items that tend to get lost in a kitchen.


The rest of the pantry should consist of shelving. Three to four shelves are ideal, depending on the available space. The upper tier can hold items seldom used, whereas the lower shelves can hold cans, bottles, and boxes of food.

When designing a pantry, you shouldn’t merely install a kitchen cabinet and leave it at that. For the best result, take a little extra time to make the exterior an actual design element in the kitchen and the interior a functional space that any client will love.