Free-Standing Pantry Pros and Cons

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Without having to invest in an expensive kitchen remodel, a free-standing pantry is a great way to increase your kitchen storage space. Free-standing pantry units come in a variety of forms, from cabinets with closing doors to shelving spaces. While free-standing pantries have many benefits, there are a few disadvantages you should also consider before adding this type of pantry to your home.


A free-standing pantry is not fixed to any one location, making it simple to quickly re-locate. This advantage allows you to easily augment storage space or update the look of your pantry.

Because free-standing pantries are not permanent fixtures of a room, it is ideal for temporary storage. If you decide to convert the pantry area for other uses, you can simply move the free-standing pantry to another room.

A final advantage to this option is its low cost. Free-standing pantries are an inexpensive alternative to custom cabinetry.


One disadvantage of free-standing pantries is their appearance. Most free-standing pantries do not look as professional as custom cabinets. While there are exceptions to this rule, it can be difficult to find free-standing pantry storage that blends in with the style of a room.

Free-standing pantries are more dangerous than permanent cabinets. Typically, they are slightly unstable and easily tipped over. As a result, extreme caution should be taken when choosing this option to make sure that the cabinet or shelves are indeed safe.

Before purchasing a free-standing pantry, decide if you are looking for something permanent and secure, or temporary and inexpensive. Consider these advantages and disadvantages to make the best choice for your home.