Hidden Pantry Ideas


A hidden pantry is made to blend in with the rest of the kitchen cabinets. If done well, guests will be shocked to see a whole closet hiding behind an innocent-looking cabinet door. It's a good trick, but it does more than that.

Hidden pantries can balloon out to larger rooms - rooms that never would have made it on the original floor plan. If you're having difficulty penciling out a kitchen design with an adjacent pantry, this sneaky approach may be your winning solution.

If you have no idea what a hidden pantry is, visit the article "Hidden Pantries, the Best-Kept Kitchen Secret." It also has a few floor plans so you can really visualize the potential of hidden pantries.

All hidden pantries approach the design in basically the same way. Let's visit a few nuances that set some hidden pantries apart.

Hidden pantries next to fridge

One of the most common kitchen cabinets layouts is locating a hidden pantry next to a fridge. For those looking for this scenario, pay attention to those ideas!

These hidden pantry cabinet doors have full-flush panels. The kitchen designer felt no need to create a faux toe kick, probably due to the location of the pantry and not competing with a row of kitchen cabinets (just the oven door).

A pantry room awaits on the other side of this open cabinet. Pay close attention to the trim on the bottom of the doors; when closed the door will blend in with the toe kick. Only a person looking for it would take notice of the thin lines giving away the division.

Definitely the most beautifully done hidden pantry I've ever seen. It still looks like a pantry cabinet, the designer added the accents of height, trim, and decoration to enhance the overall design of  the kitchen. The design holds even more mystique in that there is an entry "vestibule" before you enter the primary pantry area. This hidden pantry idea is truly an inspiration!

These sets of hidden pantries are a bit different - they are not integrated into the kitchen footprint, but are a wall of pantry cabinets. Judging by the angled wall inside (a stair), there was a problem to solve - the carpenter was attempting to hide the stairwell with the beauty of cabinets. By using the hidden pantry strategy, the homeowner gained deeper space than regular cabinets. They also may just have liked the cleverness of hidden pantries and wanted them in their kitchen.

A hidden pantry in a more contemporary design. You would think that cabinets with lots of trim make it easier to incorporate a hidden pantry. It looks like the simple lines in this example pull it off successfully.

This hidden pantry gets to be more narrow with the inclusion of pantry shelves on either side of the entry. If you observe other hidden pantries, the shelves may just run along the back wall, or in an L-shape. This U-shaped space is still useful, but hidden pantries are capable of so much more - they can wrap around the back of the kitchen cabinet wall into entire pantry rooms. 

Hidden pantries can be corner pantries, too! Observe the tall cabinet doors, but the standard-height entry. To continue the ruse that the cabinet doors are "normal cabinets" the door height has to match the rest of the cabinets in the room (it's also good design).

LOVE this! It is truly deceiving the size of pantry hiding behind this space. The window lights on the top help fill in the space above the cabinet-height doors. Note the "deception" on the bottom of ow the toe kick is handled on the pantry door. I can only assume that the left and right cabinet doors are really cabinets (unless the left is a false cabinet).

About the author 

Renee Matt

Renee is an Iowa farmwife with a background as a former kitchen designer. Supporting the family farm with hearty meals has been key to Renee's pantry readiness. She uses her professional IT background and expertise to bring the Everything Pantry website to life. Read more about this farmwife on her about page.

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