The pantry fun starts today! I’m finalizing my purchase list this morning and heading to Home Depot to get all of my plywood and supplies. I’m so excited to jump right in.
But after reading a few comments about the freezer placement yesterday, I do need to make one big decision before I can get started. The freezer I bought doesn’t have a reversible door, so in order to have the freezer placed so that the hinges are towards the side wall, I’d have to move it to the other side of the pantry.
So here’s the deal. Y’all know that I’m unashamedly a form over function kind of person. If I had to choose between pretty or practical, I’ll choose pretty 95% of the time and make no apologies for it.
But this is a pantry. Above all, a pantry needs to be functional, right? It’s not a living room where I’ll be sitting and chatting with people. It’s a pantry where organization and efficiency are key. And that’s clearly why many of you noticed that the freezer is in a corner where the door will swing open towards the countertop and not towards the wall.
I know that’s not ideal, and I had convinced myself that it was fine. But now after reading your comments yesterday, I’m second-guessing myself. (Yep, the second-guessing is starting early on this project. 😀 )
So it comes down to form over function. With it tucked away on the left wall, where it was in the photos in yesterday’s post, it’s out of the way. You can’t see it from the kitchen, and if you’re coming from that direction (i.e., the main direction, from the entryway, music room, living room, kitchen, and breakfast room), you actually have to enter the pantry before seeing it.
It’s tucked away and out of sight. You can see it if you’re entering from the studio, but most people don’t enter my house from the studio doors. Most people use the front door.
But with it on this wall, the door swings open towards the cabinets and countertop. Clearly, that’s not ideal.
So obviously, the only other option is to move it to the opposite wall…
With it on that wall, it opens the “correct” way, with the door swinging towards the side wall. One the one hand, that would definitely make things easier and more convenient. On the other hand, there is it. Right there. Right in the line of sight. You can’t only see it from the kitchen, but you can see it from the living room. Heck, you can even see it from the front door if the pantry doors are open. And is that really what I want?
Just so that you have all of the information, I do plan on dressing up/disguising the freezer somehow so that it looks less like a big white box and more like a custom part of the pantry. What does that mean? Right now, I’m not really sure. I’ll figure it out as the pantry gets underway, but I’m thinking about adding some trim, and probably painting it (yes, painting it) to match the cabinet color — just something to make it look less utilitarian and more custom. So maybe that’ll do the trick. But I won’t know for sure until I actually do it.
So what would you do in this situation? Would you choose form or function? Would you want a plain freezer tucked away in the corner so that it doesn’t potentially ruin the look of a room that you’re trying hard to make pretty? Or would you opt for practicality and efficiency and hope that there’s some way to disguise it so that in the end, it won’t be all that noticeable from the front door, the living room and the kitchen?
Right now, I’m about 55% on the pretty wagon, and 45% on the practical wagon. So we’ll see which way the scales tip after this post.
So what say you? Form or function? Pretty or practical? Left wall or right wall? Convince me. 😀
Two comments that I’ve read so far have made a fantastic point. With the freezer placed on the right wall so that it opens the “correct” way, the freezer door will only open this wide.
That may be slightly less than 90 degrees once it’s finished since the freezer door handle will hit the trim around the pantry door.
With the freezer placed on the left wall so that it opens the “wrong” way, the door opens this wide…
And that won’t be affected once the cabinets are in, because the freezer is deeper (i.e., sticks out farther) than the cabinets.
That’s a pretty significant difference in the door opening. And see? That’s why I pose these questions to ya’ll! Some of you think about things that I don’t think about!
My pantry is finished! Want to see the entire project from start to finish? You can find every single post about the pantry build right here…
Or you can skip to the end and see how it turned out. Here’s a peek of the finished pantry…
You can see more pictures on the before and after post right here…