Corner Pantry Advantages And Disadvantages

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For some kitchen designs, a corner pantry may be a good way to add storage space. It can be covered by a door or left open, so the items inside are exposed and displayed. A corner pantry is a sort of closet for the kitchen that can either be small, designed to accommodate non-perishable foods, or tall enough to hold mops and brooms.

Regardless of size, a corner pantry makes use of space that would otherwise be wasted, like behind a door. This type of storage offers some advantages and disadvantages over a regular closet-type pantry.

Everything Is Close

With a corner pantry, everything is at or near the front of the shelves. This means you do not reach far back into the cabinet or install drawers to make access easier. It also means that items won't be pushed back and forgotten. The design of the corner itself presents unique dimensions and sizes.

Easy To Install

If you have purchased a pre-assembled corner pantry system, then installation is a breeze. For the most part, it is installed like any cabinet, mounted into wall studs with simple screws.

Less Storage Space

While you are making use of some unused space, you are still limited into what you can do with it. If you decide to close it in, then you need angled shelving, which could cut down on the usable storage space. The actual square footage that you can use to store items will be increased once you erect doors or walls.

A walk-in closet pantry, on the other hand, will allow you to have square shelving that gives extra area for storage units and organizational systems.

Tricky Construction

If you are building your own corner pantry, then you will be faced with the task of building shelves, doors and walls at odd angles. This can present some rather unique challenges that are not a part of building a regular walk-in closet pantry.


A corner pantry is a situational design. If your kitchen does not have room for a walk-in closet, then you will need to make use of the space that is available. A corner shelving unit can make a corner into a usable storage space.