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Photography by Dionel Fisher; Design by KLH Custom Homes

There is one thing everyone wants out of a kitchen lately, and it’s not a butter board. According to Houzz’s 2023 Emerging Trends report, searches for walk-in pantries have spiked 2,636 percent since roughly this same time last year. Blame it on professional organizers like The Home Edit or just the never-ending need for more storage. If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in pantry, you’re aware of the benefits: room for Costco-size snacks, entertaining necessities, and that bread machine you pull out twice a year. Then there are the downfalls: lots of space for cluttered chaos, stacks of dusty cookbooks, and “Where did I put the food processor again?” To make the most of yours, we gathered 11 spaces with admirable walk-in pantry organization ideas, often masquerading as simple design details. Steal them all, below.

Disguise Under-Counter Storage With a Skirt

A sliver of fabric and a rod go a long way in a pantry. While you’ve probably seen similar setups underneath bathroom or laundry room sinks, designers Charlotte and Angus Buchanan prove it’s a worthy arrangement for a walk-in pantry. Think of this as the cottagecore answer to hiding extra crates of wine, rolls of paper towels, and other bulk goods.

Make It a One-Stop Shop

Sarah Sherman Samuel worked with Leslie Conneely from California Closets to outfit her walk-in pantry, which used to be a bathroom, if you can believe it. One of the most surprising things you’ll find inside? Her refrigerator. It turns out, it’s pretty convenient to have all the food located in one place. When the designer is up in the morning making a cup of tea, everything from the hot water (the appliance features a special dispenser) to the sugar is within arm’s reach. 

Put Heavy Things Down Below

Emily Henderson decked out her moody farmhouse pantry with big drawers that hold most of her family’s snacks, broths, and starchy vegetables. Notice how she only did a half-drawer front, which gives air to any perishable items. Next to it, in fully closed lower cabinets, she corralled water bottles and countertop appliances—things she used to keep up top but moved once she realized getting them down was a lot harder than putting them up. 

Put Baskets and Bins to Work

Courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors

“Things often get buried in pantries,” says designer Marie Flanigan, “so I wanted to keep this space light and bright, allowing our clients to quickly find what they are looking for.” To do that, she used every shelf organization trick in the book: risers so you can see each can label, lazy Susans for condiments, and baskets to store snacks. Shallow cubbies under the counter also ensure nothing, not even a single jar of tomato sauce, can get shoved to the back and lost forever. 

Prepare for the Party (and the Dishes Afterward)

Courtesy of Maggie Griffin Design

An associate designer at Maggie Griffin Design dreamed up this butler’s pantry for a family that loves to throw a good get-together. To accommodate parties of all sizes, she included a large farm sink and second dishwasher for the inevitable overflow of dirty dishes, as well as custom cabinetry to house serving platters, specialty glassware, and table linens.

Make Your Walk-In Pantry a Happy Zone

Courtesy of The Colour Tribe

It’s simple: If you enjoy your walk-in pantry, you’re more likely to keep it organized. Take it from Tash Webb of The Colour Tribe, whose cheerful spot, outfitted in hunter green Kaboodle cabinets, is more like a mini art gallery. “I promise there are plates, glassware, and food in there somewhere,” she says, laughing.

Opt for Open Shelves

Courtesy of Interior Impressions

“Nothing is hiding,” says Interior Impressions’s Amy Leferink of open shelving in walk-in pantries, and that’s the point—you get function and a focal point in one go. The key to streamlined ledges lies within the items perched there. Leferink keeps it cohesive by displaying only glass and white ceramic dishware up top. Any not-so-pretty plates go in the closed cabinets underneath.

Don’t Forget the Doors

Photography by Paul Craig for Humphrey Munson

When you were a kid, did you ever dream of stumbling across a secret room tucked behind a bookcase? Meet the grown-up version. This walk-in pantry by Humphrey Munson is concealed behind what looks like tall cupboards. Open the doors, though, and you’ll find this storage-packed walk-in pantry with spice racks built into the doors, shelves for decanted dry goods, and even a mini ladder so you can reach the tea at the very top. 

Tailor Your Walk-In Pantry to Your Lifestyle

Photography by Andie Diemer, courtesy of Our Fifth House

Carmel Phillips’s walk-in pantry is not only an extension of her kitchen but an extension of her day-to-day life. First, there’s the coffee station, where she fills up her mug each morning, which is next to the petite sink, where she arranges flowers and soaks vegetables. Within arm’s reach is a custom-built wine rack for when five o’clock rolls around. 

Create an Optical Illusion

Photography and Design by Studio Laloc

Just because you have a walk-in pantry doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cavernous—Studio Laloc founder Lauren Lothrop Caron’s space is a mere 50 square feet. To stash cleaning supplies, she created a hidden closet in the wall, barely distinguishable when covered in wood paneling. 

Turn Your Walk-In Pantry Into a Baking Hub

Photography by Isaac Bailey

This Jaimee Rose Interiors–designed walk-in pantry is a baker’s paradise. Wall-to-wall (and in some areas, floor-to-ceiling!) cabinetry is home to bulky mixers and food processors, while the double ovens allow the homeowner to bake twice as many chocolate chip cookies at once. Even the marble countertops are intentional—they offer a cold base when rolling out temperature-sensitive pastry. Perhaps most important, though, a built-in SubZero fridge means there’s always chilled vino at the ready while you wait for your dough to rise.