Will 2020 be the year that you finally treat yourself to a new kitchen pantry? Consider yourself lucky if the answer is “yes”, but that still doesn’t excuse you from proper planning beforehand. To make this process easier, we’ve jotted down ten of the most important questions to ask yourself.
Use this quick guide to address the most obvious blunders before they happen. The suggestions may also inspire you to include some fresh ideas in your own plans.
WHAT’S MY BUDGET?
Find out the price of both the material and labor needed for your job. And remember to budget a little extra (at least 10%) for those unforeseen costs that always pop up.
WHICH WAY WILL THE DOOR OPEN?
Space is precious, and just because you’re gaining a kitchen pantry doesn’t mean you can be wasteful with legroom. Consider that an outward-sliding door allows more room for pantry shelving, yet sliding- and folding doors save on space.
WILL THERE BE ENOUGH LIGHT?
Most pantries have either small windows or none at all. To refrain from stubbing your toe when searching for whatever in there at night, consider installing quality LED lighting or a skylight!
HOW CAN THE TOP SHELVES BE ACCESSED?
If your pantry is large enough, we suggest parking a ladder on a sliding rail to help you reach those infrequently used items on the higher shelves. For smaller spaces, go with a stepladder that you can store out of the way when not needed.
WHAT BUDGET MATERIALS CAN ENSURE A HIGH-CLASS LOOK?
Even though it doesn’t have to be super deluxe, your pantry’s shelves and cabinets still need to be constructed from strong material and a finish that complements the rest of your cooking space.
HOW WILL THIS PANTRY AFFECT KITCHEN TRAFFIC?
What’s the point of splurging on a pantry if it negatively affects your cooking routine or kitchen accessibility? Ensure that it’s located near to where you prepare food, as well as counters and tables.
HOW WILL I ARRANGE THE SHELVES TO SEE FREQUENTLY USED ITEMS?
Obviously put the items you use the most on the shelves that are in front of you when you walk into the pantry. Make sure the shelves are not too deep, and that you can see everything at once by placing smaller items at the front and larger items at the back.
WHAT SPECIAL FEATURES ARE NEEDED?
The planning stage is when you need to zoom in on special features that will enhance the use of your kitchen pantry. Special features could include pullout baskets for root vegetables, narrow cubbies for large platters, and spice or wine racks.
HOW DO I REFRAIN FROM OVERCROWDING MY PANTRY?
Those pantry walls can help with storage, but keep it simple. Wall hooks for aprons and utensils can up your pantry’s functionality, perhaps even a chalkboard painted on for notes or menus.
WHAT LARGER ITEMS WILL BE STORED AND WHERE?
Appliances and cookware dishes and pans often are kept in the pantry instead of in a kitchen drawer or cabinet, mostly because it’s easier to access them. To accommodate these bulky items, create some large but uniformed cubbies.
Deciding to create a kitchen pantry can be a good improvement in your home as you are creating a useful area. If you are planning on making such a change to your home, these list of questions above should help you make things easier.
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