Walk-in pantries are nice, however, it is sometimes necessary and advisable to remove a walk-in pantry in order to open up space during a kitchen renovation. This doesn't mean giving up space, but reimagining the space in a way that improves the kitchen's overall flow.
There is definitely a time and place for both a walk-in pantry and a cabinet pantry. Here is the low-down on each.
Back in the day, there were no designated pantries designed in kitchens. Most people kept their food alongside their dishware in their kitchen cabinets.
When new houses started incorporating walk-in pantries into their designs, people were ecstatic to have a stand-alone area specifically dedicated to their food storage. Spaces tend to stay more organized and structured when items and products have a specific home.
However, there can be cons to this approach, one of which is: Location. Typically walk-in pantries are either located inside the kitchen, taking up a fair amount of valuable real estate or they are located outside of the kitchen making them inconvenient to get to when trying to prepare a meal.
Going in and out of the kitchen multiple times can be time consuming and annoying.
Another con is the amount of space that actually gets used. While walk-in pantries can feel large and can take up a good bit of space, they aren't always the most practical for organizing.
Most walls in walk-in pantries are lined with shelves. And while shelves can be great for storage, you typically only end up using the front part of the shelf. No matter how deep the shelf, if you stack items behind each other things quickly become impossible to find.
A cabinet pantry is basically a tall cabinet designed to be a dedicated pantry right inside the kitchen. These units can vary in size depending on the overall layout of the space, but regardless of the size, the storage opportunities inside the cabinet can be limitless.
A lot of people are reluctant to go in this direction because a cabinet pantry can seem (and usually is) smaller than a walk-in pantry. However, it's not necessarily the space you have, but how you use it that dictates its function.
By integrating rollouts and other internal cabinetry components inside your cabinet pantry you can capture as much or more storage space in a cabinet pantry than you can in a walk-in pantry, even if it's actually smaller in size.
Think about pulling out a 24-inch deep rollout full of cans. By bringing the rollout to you, you can see all of the contents of the shelf without having to move one can to get to the next.
Storage Is Storage
At the end of the day, storage is storage and both pantry solutions work for different people. Anyone in the midst of a kitchen remodel should consider thinking outside the box in which you live.
If you're going to go to the trouble of disrupting your life and spending the money to improve your space, allow professionals to help you make your kitchen the best it can be, even if it is outside your comfort zone.