PANTRY STYLES: THE BASICS
Pantries come in three basic configurations: reach-in, pull-out and walk-in. All have their pros and cons, and will
work to suit different spaces and home styles.
Reach-In. The ideal reach-in pantry is shallow enough that all items are visible and easy to reach. The maximum depth of a fixed pantry shelf should be 16 inches, but 14 inches is better. (Anything deeper than 16 inches requires a pull-out shelf.) Keep in mind that pull-out shelves are usually used for the bottom half of the pantry; Lazy Susans should be used above eye-level. A Lazy Susan turntable brings anything at the
back of the pantry to the front where it can be seen at the flick of the wrist.
PuH-Out. A pull-out pantry is a reach-in pantry turned on end and inserted into a cabinet. A door panel is then attached to the front and the pantry operates like a drawer on its side. If it is accessible from both sides, it can be as wide as 24 inches. If itâ€™s accessible from just one side, 16 inches is the maximum width. A pull-out pantry is not as convenient to use as a reach-in pantry since, in order to get to the items stored, you must first
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