Pantry Door Ideas To Maximize The Potential Of Your Kitchen

Pantry door ideas aren’t often at the top of the list when it comes to kitchen renovations. Kitchen pantries get a lot of attention because they are practical and maximize home storage if you can find the right organizing system.

Pantry Door

We’re looking at how pantry doors hide everything and give the kitchen a clean and cohesive look. You have many decisions to make about your dream pantry door. Start with the direction it should swing, what it should look like, and whether or not a pantry door is necessary.

Pantry Room Storage Tips

Kitchen Pantry Door

A pantry is a practical and desirable addition to a home. It’s important to start with a good design to make the most of your pantry.


List the items you’ll store

This is useful if you’re planning to build a new pantry or if you want to redesign an existing one. It helps you determine what types of interior storage you should prioritize based on your habits and needs.


Select a good spot

If you already have a pantry, examine whether it has the best placement. You might discover that your current pantry is in an inconvenient spot.


Determine the best size

A walk-in pantry doesn’t have to be big to be practical. You need enough room between storage areas to move around freely. If possible, include a walkway between 42’’ and 48’’ wide so two people can enter at the same time. 

Pantry shelves shouldn’t be too deep so that you can reach things at the very back. A depth of 14’’ is plenty and 16’’ is the maximum.

As for spacing between the pantry shelves, too much is wasteful if you mostly store cans and jars. Of course, you should leave some shelves for large items too. In general, 16’’ to 18’’ of space is enough, with the rest of the shelves 12’’ to 14’’ apart.


Add light

A poorly-lit pantry interior makes it hard to find things. Also, it’s easier to keep a well-lit pantry clean and organized.


Functional Pantry Door Ideas

Frosted glass door

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To separate the pantry from the rest of the kitchen but still maintain a visual connection, opt for a pantry door with frosted glass. This glass style lets you see inside but blurs the details and hides interior pantry contents. Check out thriftydecorchick for more inspiration.

Wooden barn doors

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Barn doors make fun pantry doors, but it’s not just the sliding doors that look cool. This set of pantry doors is creating a farmhouse vibe. The idea comes from designingvibes, where you can see more details about building these pantry doors. 

Screen door

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Another option is a screen door. Create one from scratch or repurpose an existing old door. The screen element in this version by domesticimperfection only takes up half of the door, making it sturdy. It is a charming traditional-style pantry door.

Statement details

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A simple, small pantry door needs the design to be special to stand out. This antique pantry door is an amazing example that you could even add to a modern or a contemporary kitchen. Check out the details on slightlycoastal.

Space-saving sliding door

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Sliding barn doors are gorgeous and well-suited as pantry doors. They save space and are easy to build from scratch, sliding mechanism included. Paint the door a fun color for character.

Maximize storage

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Attaching shelves to the interior of the pantry door is a great way to create more storage in the pantry. You can build a small unit with shallow shelves just deep enough to hold your spices. Details for this project are on shanty-2-chic.

Try a makeover

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Get your dream pantry door without buying or building a new one. Instead, try giving your existing simple pantry door a style makeover. Wood-planked pantry doors like this one on thewoodgraincottage are beautiful.

Dutch doors

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Another cool style idea comes from littleslifeandlaughter. Farmhouse-style pantry doors look beautiful from the outside. However, this is a wood Dutch door and you can open up the top or the bottom half independently. Furthermore, you can still add storage to the interior of the door.

Include a blackboard

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Make kitchen pantry doors stand out with eye-catching and practical painted blackboards. They are handy for writing notes to family members or grocery lists. On craft-o-maniac, you’ll get details about creating one.

Add attachments and accessories

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Maximize the storage capacity of your kitchen pantry by installing shelves on the interior of the pantry door. These help store small things such as spices, small jars or utensils. Many different design options are available. See details on robbygurlscreations.

Apply fresh paint

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Add fresh style to your existing pantry by repainting the door. Try using a unique type of paint, perhaps a matte effect or an interesting color. Chalkboard paint is a fun option. Check out brightgreendoor to see how to do this.

Decorate glass panels

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If your pantry door has glass panels, jazz it up with a few decorations like crystals and tape. First, though, check out this post from redheadcandecorate to see how easy it is. Just use stickers to create a simple X-shaped pattern on each glass panel and add a crystal where the lines cross.

A reclaimed door

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An old reclaimed cottage door is great for a pantry. Clean and repair it if needed but try to preserve its original look and weathered aesthetic. This gives it character and authenticity and the glass lets in light. Check out rafterhouse to see how to create this effect.

Double sliding barn doors

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Since pantry shelves don’t need to be very deep, you might be able to make the pantry along an empty wall. Using a pair of wood sliding barn doors could look really great. You can see more inspiration on oldsaltfarm.

Introduce a pattern

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Regardless of what type of pantry door you install, adding a decorative pattern and paint can change its aesthetic. You can do this at any stage of the project. We like this geometric pattern featured on prettyinthepines.

Solid wood doors

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Solid wood has a unique charm and is an elegant choice that’s also strong and durable. Numerous styles and varieties of wood are good for a pantry door. Check out the selection at rivervalleywoodworks to see some of the options.

Farmhouse door with glass

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This style is well-suited for pantry doors, particularly if you want a more traditional or farmhouse effect. Building a simple pantry door like this from scratch is not as difficult as you might think. The video tutorial by Pahjo Designs guides you through the entire process.

Upgrade an existing door

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To save money, upgrade your existing pantry door. Basic flat interior doors can be transformed using only some plywood or trim and paint. Watch this video by EvanAndKatelyn for a few tips.

Add decorative visuals

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Applying a decal or a stencil to the pantry door is an easy, fun way to add a decorative visual element. This design idea from HomeSteadHow is inspirational and works best with a glass pantry door.

Hang a curtain

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Sometimes it’s better to hang a curtain rather add a small pantry door. This makes sense when you’re short on space and other types of pantry doors would only get in the way. Curtains are also cheaper and you can make them and hang them yourself. Get all the details on jennasuedesign.

Add an organizational board

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Most kitchens don’t have much free space so creating a pantry door that’s multi-functional is ideal. You can hang an organizational board or a memo board in a frame on the interior of the pantry door. Check out thehouseofsmiths to see how it’s done.

Arched doors

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For a really elegant and refined pantry door, try an arched door. This type of pantry door can be a cool way to add some extra flair to the kitchen. Matthew Thomas Architecture directed this remodeling project with arched trim.

Paint sliding barn doors

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Sliding barn doors are practical and well-suited as kitchen pantry doors but you can also paint the set so they blend in better. Try painting interior doors in the same color as the adjacent walls to match a modern kitchen. Photo by Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions Charlotte

Disguise the pantry

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Do you want a kitchen pantry that doesn’t look like a pantry? Disguise it by making it look like a cabinet or go for a seamless look with your furniture design. The kitchen pantry doors can match the color of the rest of the cupboard doors as in this beautiful kitchen from Turan Designs.

Go for cohesiveness

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Here’s another case where the pantry is integrated into the kitchen design and disguised as part of the cabinetry. This pantry door uses the same trim and gives the kitchen a cohesive look. This particular kitchen design is by Curt Hofer & Associates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What type of door is used for pantry?

While any type of door will work if space is tight choose barn doors or a pocket door. These pantry doors don’t take up much room.

What size is a typical pantry door?

Pantry doors are 80 inches high, but the width can vary.  Average pantry doors are 24, 28, 30, 32, or 36 inches wide. Custom doors will be different.

Should my pantry have a door?

In most cases, you should have a pantry door. It helps hide an unorganized area, maximizes storage and keeps children and pets out.

How do you hide a pantry without a door?

If you can’t have a pantry door and leaving it open is not an option, try a curtain. These are cheap to make and install. Folding screens or room dividers are also options for pantry door alternatives.

Are walk-in pantries a waste of space?

In general, they are a kitchen must-have. The one downside is that they do eat up a lot of space in your kitchen footprint.

How do you update pantry doors?

If you’re not replacing the interior pantry door, you can paint it different colors, reface it or remodel it to include glass panels, a screen or trim. You can also add decorative elements to make it stand out.

Conclusion

Pantry doors are a key part of kitchen design. Whether you favorite choosing to buy a door or update an existing door, there are many options for adding style and storage to your home’s kitchen interior.