There are two very important options that should be considered in every large kitchen pantry cabinet design. Although these options may initially cost a little extra, they will be well worth having and will add a particular amount of resale value to your home. I've been fabricating custom cabinetry for many years. Hands down, these two designs have been the most popular choices of our customers.
Just Roll-Out Shelves
Without all of the complicated tall swing-out tiers, just adding roll-out shelves to your pantry design is an economic way of improving the functionality of this cupboard's design. The units generally get installed from the floor up to about sixty inches in height. The number of pull-out drawers will depend upon your particular needs and budget.
Ideally, it's good to mix up the heights of where the slide-outs are placed. This allows for various sized grocery items like small cans, tall cans, potato chip bags, cooking oils and sugar to be kept in the pantry drawer that is best suited to the item's size.
One of the most important questions to ask your cupboard manufacturer is; "Will the doors swing FULLY out of the way so the drawers will not come near them at all?" Sometimes manufactures do not allow enough clearance for the drawers to adequately miss the doors. What happens is people get in a hurry and do not notice that the door is not open far enough when they are pulling the drawer out. Over the course of time-small nicks form in the pantry cabinet doors from where the drawers hit them. It's best to request that one hundred and twenty degree hinges be installed on the doors. This will ensure that they are completely out of the way when the drawers are being rolled out.
Tall Slide Out Baskets Units
These types of accessories generally come with adjustable baskets. There are several different basket heights to choose from. You want to get a full-height sliding unit. The main component extends from forty eight inches (48 ") to about sixty inches (60") in height. The upgrades are generally available in a number of different finishes, including chrome and white. The Hafele cabinet accessories company is one of the major suppliers of these pantry slide-out units.
You can also order tall pull-out units prefabricated or have them custom built out of wood. These designs will not have the fancy baskets, but would rather be designed having fixed or adjustable shelves.
What really makes an outstanding kitchen pantry design is when pull-out drawers get combined with a tall slide-out basket or shelf unit. The slide out baskets go to the right or left of the cupboard and the roll-out drawers on the other side. This is ideal for a pantry area that is larger than thirty eight inches in width.
- Bonus Tip: Two tall pantry doors that are designed one on top of the other can be strapped together on the back of the doors. This makes the operation of opening the doors a lot nicer since they will both open at the same time. The only catch here is that there must be enough room for the brackets to miss any fixed shelves that may be located in the same area.
The remaining height of the pantry design, over the sixty inch mark, usually has a fixed shelf. Most standard tall cabinets are only seventy eight inches high. This makes a nice storage area for tall vases or drinking pitchers.
If you are in the process of designing a new kitchen, consider including as many drawers and pantries as possible. One of the nicest cupboard designs I ever made was an entire wall of pantry cabinets that extended about ten feet in length. That was years ago and the customer, who is a friend of mine, to this day still raves about how much they love having all that storage space in the kitchen.