Walk In Pantry versus Pantry Cupboards

Firstly, let us get down to definitions. A walk in pantry is known as a small room or space, often a nook within proximity of the kitchen, which will have customized and purposeful shelving and not to mention inserts based on what you plan on housing in it. A pantry cupboard refers to a few shelves and pullout drawers within a cabinet that will house your pantry items. Whether you are a designing your new home or doing a kitchen redesign, trying to figure out if you want to carve out a defined space for a walk in pantry or will you utilize a few kitchen cabinets as your pantry cupboards, we are here to help you decide.

The Basics of Setting up a Walk In Pantry

You need the space for it, but how much space you want to allocate for your walk in pantry is up to you. Also, a walk in pantry can be oriented in different ways and shapes; be it a straight rectangle space, a square, L-shaped, or even U- shaped based on what is available to you.     As a general rule of thumb, if you are looking for counters for your walk in pantry set aside 600mm for the counters/benchtops, and 300mm for the shelving itself. Maintain 1000mm-1200mm for the walkways within your walk in pantry, and if you are thinking about keeping large appliances such as a fridge or freezer, sink or even microwave, a good size walk in pantry would be 2.4m x 3m. This type of walk in pantry is also referred to as a butler’s pantry in many parts of the world.  

As your walk in pantry is a purposeful and functional space, which is to store the likes of your grocery goods, appliances and various things that would have cluttered your kitchen space, open shelving and plenty of drawers for organization.

The Basics of Setting up Pantry Cupboards

When you set up pantry cupboards, what you need is a few cabinets from the kitchen or even some open shelving solutions are ideal. What we would recommend is setting up your pantry area based on your greatest uses. For instance, organize sauces, spices and oils closer to the stove for easy access, set up a baking pantry cupboard for all your baking needs, and store your pots/pans accordingly as well. If you are setting up pantry cupboards, make sure its 400mm-600mm in depth, whereas shelving could be at least 300mm for easier access.

There is nothing wrong with either one, should you have the space, a walk in pantry allows for better organization, more storage and less clutter in the kitchen. However, should you opt to double up your kitchen cabinets as pantry cupboards, with great organization tools and tricks, you can make the best of the space you have.

Why Purposeful Design is the Way Forward

Purpose means the reason for which something is done or created for or for which something exists, and its especially true in purposeful design. It’s when an element in design is specifically built with a purpose in mind. With the advent of minimalism and the adoption of the Kon-Marie method, many people are looking towards ensuring a home or office design is built specifically in mind to fulfill certain purposes. Whether its assigning an area as a laundry room (and drying area), or having a specific space for informal dining, a show kitchen for use when guests are over, or walk in closets for storing things that you need but keeping them out of sight. Let’s look at these few examples of purposeful design further.

Purposeful design comes down to functionality and in the concept of interior design and building design, we look at purposeful design in two folds. This includes ‘design with purpose’ and ‘designing on purpose’.

As homeowners, you may have a vision for what you want your home to look like at the end, whether is beauty, or drama and wow factors. However, as interior designers and architects, we look at infusing functionality into the design whilst attempting to fulfil your home dreams. Purposeful design and functionality go hand in hand, to cater to the needs and functions of daily life, which is why many opt to build their homes in Sri Lanka from the ground up. These purposeful design elements are unique to each individual, which isn’t possible with cookie-cutter home designs. Design with purpose ensure that a home owner’s daily needs are factored.

Designing on purpose factors practicality and function. Most often than not, rooms in a home may serve different uses or have many moving elements or parts.  It is important to factor how best those spaces can benefit the homeowners or users. When designing on purpose, or having a purposeful design, as a homeowner, you should be able to know what you will use the specific room or space on a daily basis, with elements included to serve its space. From the different nooks and crannies, the finishing (colours and textures), to the furniture and flow of empty space, it should be cohesive and “make sense” to the individual a designer is designing for.

The process of purposeful design is very personal to its core. As interior designers or architects in Sri Lanka, whereby most homes are built from the ground up, ensuring that you listen to the wants and needs of your home owner client is vital to this process. Even if it is a remodeling project in Sri Lanka, the reason why one would remodel is because the space does not work for them, or flow for their personal use. The process of purposeful design requires answering of a few key questions. These include “how can one make a space more functional with what is available?’, “what parts of the space does not have to stay?”, “does the costs of the changes make sense?”, and “does the function of the new purposeful design outweigh the costs?”.

Have you thought of purposeful design? What does it mean for you? At RM Perera (Pvt) Ltd, we facilitate turnkey construction of homes in Sri Lanka, inclusive of architectural and interior design all in house. Let us know what you have in mind. Make an appointment with us to discuss your dream home with purposeful design.