If you’re having a difficult time trying to visualize kitchen pantry dimensions for walk-in pantries, have a look at these aerial views. Everyone’s space and project goals will be different. The one constant is good flow and room to move around.
Recommended pantry widths
For maximum mobility, a person needs 3 square feet to pivot and reach things. Most users can walk down a three foot aisle, but can they bend, turn, reach, and carry groceries?
- A width of 42″-48″ is preferred for range of motion activities.
- Recommended clearances increase for wheelchair accessibility.
- The larger the pantry, the more floor space is wasted. Shelf depth is 12″ – varying shelf depth can increase or decrease floor space.
Typical pantry sizes
The floor plans below illustrate standard pantry dimensions with visual comparisons of size. One floor tile equals 1 square foot. The model in the plans is closely based on the average female measurements in the United States. If you are curious about the most common pantry sizes, visit “Is a Walk-in Pantry in Your Future?” for a list of popular sizes for walk-in pantries.
There is no “standard” pantry size – maybe there is in spec houses. Most house plans cannot find space for large pantries – at least anything over 5×5. That size could accommodate a small bathroom or a walk-in clothes closet. Pantry space is often about compromise. If you have the opportunity to remodel, or build a new custom home, planning for the right-size pantry is possible.
These pantry floor plans will give you an idea for kitchen pantry size. They are all very realistic pantry measurments, ranging from small corner kitchen pantry dimensions, to large narrow walk in pantries, up to large pantry dimensions.
If you’re thinking of a corner pantry in the traditional sense that it is limited in space, consider a hidden pantry. You can view some featured house plans with hidden pantries here. It will completely change your idea of a “corner” pantry.
These kitchen pantry plans are only for a reference and are not considered official pantry blueprints or measurements.
Walk-in pantry floor plans
Scale: One square represents 1 square foot. Female model is based on the average woman size in the United States. According to Healthline, the average woman weighs 170 pounds, dress size is 18-20.
Reference: Human Dimensions & Interior Space, a Source Book of Design Reference Standards. Julius Panero, AIA, ASID
and Martin Zelnik, AIA, ASID. Copyright © 1979. Although this book has not been updated since 1979, it is a perennial classic for design students everywhere and contains valuable information about range of motion activities and recommended clearances.