Pantries have come a long way in the past decade. Once essentially a large cupboard for storing food, major innovations in the kitchen design industry have led to vast improvements in how we can store and organise our ingredients.


Navigating your choices can be a bit tricky, so we’ve put together a guide that we hope will help you determine which of the five pantry systems will be best for your new or renovated kitchen.


Pull-Out Baskets


The Good

Requiring minimal cleaning, this pantry option puts everything you need front and centre. Homeowners will also appreciate the ease of the pull out with the ease of pull out so that you can view pantry contents easily.


The Bad

Some may argue that they look cheap. Do your research as there are an array of pull-out baskets available of varying quality and features. The ones we sell at Zesta Kitchens are exceptionally high quality and have a 10-year guarantee


Troubleshooting Tip: If your budget allows, go for quality.


Pantry Shelves


Pantry shelves


The Good

Pantry shelves are the most common in Australian homes. They’re easy to install, relatively inexpensive, and readily accessible.


The Bad

This system will leave you rummaging around for ingredients when they could otherwise be easily visible. It’s difficult to reach the back of these systems, and spacing of the shelving actually reduces your overall storage space.


Troubleshooting Tips: Creating a shelf/drawer combination can help mitigate the issues you may otherwise face.


Internal Pantry Drawers


Pantry drawers


The Good

Pantry drawers are one of the more sturdy options of the lot. They are flexible in size, and most have a high weight capacity.


The Bad

The price is usually what turns people away, however, if you are organised this can be a great option.


Troubleshooting Tip: Adding dividers can make it easier to find what you need.


Pull-Out Pantries


Pullout pantry


The Good

Ideal for narrow spaces, these pantries can give you some extra and much appreciated additional pantry space for “slim” items like crackers, cereal, or condiments.


The Bad

Pull out pantries take up space in the kitchen when using. This may create an issue when there are two chefs working at once.


Troubleshooting Tip: Kitchen designers generally recommend that this type of pantry not be any wider than 400mm due to the weight capacity.


Bi-folding/Concertina Doors


Bi-folding doors

The Good

This type of pantry can be constructed to meet your unique needs. From ingredients to small to medium appliances, the hidden shelves provide ample space and easily conceal items like mixers, frypans, and coffee machines.


The Bad

As with most pantry types, this type of pantry does take up valuable cabinet space.


Troubleshooting Tip: All shelves can be adjusted to suit your needs so remember to ask installer when building this type of pantry.  This will help you make the most out of this space.


Explore your storage solutions with Zesta Kitchens


Zesta Kitchens is a well-known kitchen designer and manufacturer in the Melbourne area.

Stop by one of our showrooms surrounding Melbourne or give us a call to chat about your dream kitchen pantry ideas with an experienced kitchen designer today!