Need extra space in your kitchen?

You need... A Pantry

A Pantry is a room where beverages, food, and sometimes dishes, household cleaning chemicals, linens or provisions are stored. The word ‘pantry’ derives from the same source as the Old French term .paneterie; that is from the pain, the French form-of the Latin pains, “bread” (source Wikipedia)


However, many homes do not have the luxury of a separate pantry room so many designs are available on the market for ‘freestanding’ units.

Do you find that your current kitchen cupboards do not provide enough food storage and the remaining kitchen space is quite limited? Then it is best to consider a pantry unit specifically designed for your kitchen for a corner placement or alcove or to sit in an unused area. 

The bespoke furniture team at Grandads Shed are equipped to design and help you plan a pantry unit into your kitchen and have undertaken many projects specifically tailored to individual requirements.

The Grandads Shed Pantry Unit can be made to any style and colour to work within your kitchen and the designers can offer advice and ideas for your storage problems.  There is a beautiful example of this in the showroom in the Pocklington store.



Storing food in a kitchen is generally an overlooked detail that is actually very important to effective kitchen design.

The storage of dried goods, canned, spices, condiments is  fundamental in cooking in the kitchen.  To increase food storage space in a kitchen there are many pantry designs but additional pieces can be purchased and added without the permanent installation.

Cabinets that are described as pantries will typically be taller than normal base cabinets.  They will include a number of shelves, but most pantries may include additional gadgets to increase their usability such as internal drawers, baskets, wine racks or lazy susan’s.

Ideas for designing

Consider the food items you eat regularly

 Organise your Pantry according to the types of foods so that you can find things–it is only for the foods that don’t require refrigeration…

  • Grains: Rice, pasta, bread, beans, oatmeal, etc.
  • Root vegetables: onions, potatoes,
  • Oils and sauces: olive oil, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and so on
  • Baking supplies: flour, sugar, baking soda,
  • Canned goods
  • Prepared foods and snacks, crackers, cookies, dried fruit, and other munchies,

To keep your food staples fresh and bug-free use mason jars with screw on lids, keeping one type of lentil, bean or rice in each and write it on a label and the date.

Buying matching containers for storing food items in the pantry not only looks attractive, but it makes shelving max much more easier. See here for a few options or pop in for more!

Ideas to consider ie whitewashed wood storage boxes, aluminium storage bins etc make it feel less of a closet and more like an important aspect of your home, which will ultimately help you maintain its order better.

Sliding pocket doors provide easy expanded pantry access whilst still allowing the entire thing to disappear when the doors are closed.  Adjustable wooden shelving looks consistent and organised.


You could easily add a chalkboard component to your pantry doors to help you keep track of what needs to be restocked or for messages and fun notes.


One of the most favourite things of my home restoration was designing the Pantry unit because it meant storage and organisation! 

I had originally planned to do tall pantry cabinets in the kitchen but then I sat down and laid out my dream home list via Pinterest boards and visions and quickly realised that one pantry unit was at the top of my list.

I re-arranged the kitchen layout and moved some units that where storing items that I very rarely used and created a space which would house one tall pantry unit -carefully planned out on the interior to maximise the space and to work with the things I regularly use and need to store at hand.  It worked a treat and now I have plenty of storage for food and condiments and daily tableware-plus it creates a feature point in the kitchen.

If you need help rearranging your kitchen or would like a pantry unit designing to work practically for your needs contact me at Grandad's Shed and we’ll discuss options for you.





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