Before remodeling the kitchen, the cabinet arrangement had a lot of wasted space.
Either too specific for a use, like a full bay of vertical dividers.
Or the polar opposite with a big, blank cabinet.
At any rate, we knew lower drawers would help most problems. But corners are especially awkward and usually wasted. Knowing we wanted to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room, we’d need to move the pantry. Living with every non-perishable item on the opposite side of the cook/prep area got old very quickly.
With that in mind, keeping the pantry on the business side of the kitchen was a must. Hence the corner pantry. At 52 inches wide by 8 feet tall, we should have plenty of space to store dry goods. As listed in the original floor plan, we opted for a sliding door to eliminate an awkward door swing. After talking to several people, we decided not to use a pocket door kit. If the door comes off the track or needs to be replaced, it’s impossible. Instead, we went a similar, more user-friendly route with a bypass sliding door kit.
Often used in closets, the track has two sides and roller wheels. Ben built a standard header, secured the track and covered the front with an MDF panel. Above, as seen from inside, without the door. Below, from the outside.
In our case, the door opening is wider than the oven cabinet leaving the last few inches of door visible when completely open. I worried the 24 inch opening would be too small, but it allows easy access to everyday items.
Shelves are 18 inches deep, extending into the corner. We plan to keep extra supplies here, to grab when we need to refill.
Also, we’ve decided to keep the microwave in the pantry. This allows easier access and a shorter distance of carrying hot items.
Which also frees up space in the smaller cabinet, allowing a full drawer set. I still plan to keep coffee supplies and extra serving platters over here.
Now that everything has been cut and fits, we can take everything back out to paint. I’m oddly liking the wood door though. I’m undecided if I should paint or seal it. Thoughts?
Once I’ve painted the inside of the pantry, we’ll set the shelves again and add trim to the fronts to cover the braces.
It’ll also give us a lip to hide under cabinet light behind to help illuminate the shelves.
Update: Due to a few emails and comments, here’s a shot of the far end of the pantry:
The overall depth of the pantry is 25.5 inches from the back wall to the inside of the door. With 18 inch deep shelves, that leaves 7.5 inches between the shelf front and the inside of the door. By making the shelves narrower than the full depth, we won’t have to worry about things getting in the way of the door slide. It’ll also make reaching in the back area easier. We’ll probably keep a broom in here too.
While I’m updating, I thought I’d include a shot of the closed door against the fridge.
After settling on a sliding door, we agreed we didn’t want the header flush with the front of the fridge cabinet. Mostly to add some interest to the wall, but also because the door itself would sit 3/4 of an inch back from the front.
Once that’s done, we can start organizing. We shop at Costco, which means we have produce for days. Getting bowls off the counter would be really nice.
I love the function of roll out wire baskets, which can allow ventilation and easy access. I’ve yet to pin down exactly which ones, but here are a few I’m considering.
This one is actually a hamper, but the depth would maximize space. Perfect for storing bags of cereal and chips.
Putting the corner to use and not having to walk around the island for everything is a game changer. Time for me to start painting so we can load it up!