It seems as though a Butler’s Pantry is high on the list in most new builds these days. Having never had one, I feel as though it is a splurge but am excited about the prospect of additional kitchen storage. Here are some things to consider when planning a butler’s pantry.
1. Decide How You Will Use It
I think I have quizzed everyone I know who has a butler’s pantry on exactly how they use it. Responses included: storage, food preparation and baking, a place to hide dirty dishes after a dinner party, and wine! Obviously budget comes into consideration but a pantry does not need to be large. I am a big fan of shopping in bulk at Costco and storage will be my number one priority.
2. Design A Space For Everything
Write a list of all the large and odd shaped items such as appliances and platters (how many) that you plan to store there. That way you can ensure everything has its own home. This pantry has the larger appliances covered with a built-in microwave, wine fridge and bench space for the toaster and coffee machine.
This cleverly designed space enables storage of items such as platters and chopping boards so they are easily accessible.
3. Plan For Uniformity
Glass jars, canisters or plastic containers allow items to be found easily. They also look great when massed together. I am a self-confessed Tupperware addict and can’t wait to put my collection of Modular Mates on full display! Ikea also stock a wide range of affordable containers that are perfect for a well-organised pantry.
4. Consider Lighting
To include a window allowing natural light is ideal but usually the butler’s pantry is surrounded by internal walls.
Don’t forget to factor in task lighting if you plan to use the pantry as a work space.
Or a feature chandelier!
5. Add Colour
Give the butler’s pantry some personality by using coloured cabinetry.
Or my favourite, a feature wallpaper wall.
6. Make It Beautiful
Consider whether the Butler’s Pantry is visible from the kitchen. If yes, then show it off with a continuation of beautiful joinery, hardware and glass cabinets.
If you have a butler’s pantry, I would love to hear how you use it.