Forget the flatscreen TV – pantries have been revealed as the new status symbol for homeowners
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If you could have any feature in your new kitchen, what would you choose? A barista-grade coffee machine maybe? A double-height wine fridge? Or how about a pantry cupboard? A modern take on the traditional larder, these storage workhorses have taken Houzz by storm this year, with several examples making their way into the most saved photos on Houzz, and many of you saying you’d love to have one in your own home. Here are a few reasons why they’re seemingly sweeping the nation.
They combine two of your favourite things
Kitchens and storage are both huge search terms on Houzz, and when you combine the two, you get the biggest kitchen trend of the moment – pantry cupboards. A modern take on the traditional larder, these storage workhorses look set to continue to lead the way when it comes to kitchen features, with several examples making their way into the most popular photos on Houzz.
In fact, our Houzz UK Kitchen Trends Study 2017 revealed that 40% of kitchen updaters said they were installing pantry cabinets.
They bring out the neat freak in us all
The most saved photos on Houzz have been kitchen storage solutions for several years running now and 2017 is no exception. At the time of writing, this beautifully organised pantry cupboard was the third most saved photo in the UK this year.
Is it the beautifully organised shelves and baskets that appeal to so many of you? The floor-to-ceiling storage? The slim dimensions? Perhaps it’s a mix of all three that’s such a winning combination, because a staggering 320,000 of you have saved this image into your ideabooks.
You can see everything clearly
Floor-to-ceiling open shelving is popular, as it’s a practical way to store lots of items while also being an easy way to take stock of all supplies. The shallower the shelves, the less likely you are to lose things towards the back, and pale wood interiors can help cut down on dark corners.
Substituting the lower shelves for pull-out baskets is a smart way of storing vegetables and perishable goods, ensuring the shelves above are free for tins, jars and longer-life items.
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They’re perfect for baking
So just why is the pantry cupboard waltzing back into the limelight now after decades in the design desert? Consider this lovely little statistic if you will: in June, July and August this year, ‘pantry’-related searches on Houzz hardly registered, but when The Great British Bake Off was in full swing on our TV screens in September, we saw a surge in searches.
So it seems our kitchen fancies are down to the fact that we all want to be a domestic god or goddess and, as such, are willing to make space in our kitchens for the perfect pantry cupboard to fill with jars of flour, sugar, baking powder, icing and cake tins.
Everything is at the right level
A cupboard like this can be organised any number of ways to suit you and the way you cook, but a good tip is to store heavy items, such as mixers, on a shelf that’s just the right height for use, so you don’t have to stretch up or bend down to access them.
Lightweight grocery items, such as sugar and flour, could be kept up high, as could items you don’t use as often.
For bakers in a rush, a clever organisation tip is to keep all ingredients and decorations together in a single basket to make them easy to grab and store.
Clutter is hidden out of sight
As this example demonstrates, a pantry cupboard can store more than just dried goods. This larder cupboard houses a microwave as well as the usual spices, tins, jars and packets.
There’s even a small worktop for food prep, making it a very hardworking little space, and the beauty of it all is that the entire lot can be swept out of sight at the close of a door.
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There are more possibilities…
What’s the next step for pantry cupboard fans? The walk-in larder, of course. While an entire walk-in space dedicated to food storage might seem like a pipe dream for those of us working with modest kitchen dimensions, our previously mentioned Kitchen Trends Study 2017 revealed that nearly one in 10 of respondents had made space in their new kitchen for a full, walk-in pantry.
Which begs the question: could the walk-in pantry be the new walk-in wardrobe? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section.