The definition of a butler’s pantry: A service room between a kitchen and dining room, typically equipped with counters, a sink, and storage space for china and silver.
Typically these days it’s a room hidden behind your kitchen to house all the kitchen crap you don’t want out on show! I’ve seen many with and without the sink, so that’s just a personal preference. For me, I use mine as a storage room to contain all the school bags, notes, kitchen appliances, food and anything else!
Have you got a butler’s pantry? Or if you’re renovating or building a new house here are some pictures to inspire you with some tips below…
- Keep costs down in this area seeing as it’s not on show – you can go for laminate materials in here.
- Use lots of open shelving.
- Add a few powerpoints around the benches.
- Consider putting your fridge and other appliances in here (to keep your main kitchen area more streamlined).
- Think about good lighting – I have a huge fluro light in mine. It doesn’t need to look good in there, but it certainly makes working in there a treat due to the bright light.
- Use see-through storage items, like glass jars and containers. This makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.
- Store all your big items in there – like platters and bowls.
- As a general guide, the width of the walk through should be at least 1000mm, then add another 600mm for the benchtops.
- Install a door so you can close it all off.
- Are you installing a sink? You’ll need to think about additional plumbing.
- Consider adding hooks/rails, chalkboard or whiteboard to write shopping lists, or hang school bags.
Here is my kitchen/pantry layout (except I moved the sink to the island)…
And here are some other layout ideas I grabbed (sorry some are so small, you might need to enlarge)…
This has been a fun post to write because I think my own pantry needs a bit of a clean up! So many cool ideas when you get lost on Pinterest. ♥ KC.