What is a Butler’s Pantry?

No longer do home cooks want to be secreted away in a separate kitchen from their guests. House design has trended towards incorporating an open plan kitchen/dining/living area, where the kitchen is the hub of the home. But the downside is that whatever mess goes on in the kitchen – from food preparation to cooking to cleaning up – is unfortunately there for all your guests to see! A butler’s pantry provides the solution to this dilemma, and is the entertainer’s secret to a presentable kitchen.

The Wikipedia definition of a pantry is a room where food, provisions, dishes, or linens are stored and served in an ancillary capacity to the kitchen, the term originally stemming from the Latin word panis for bread.  By Victorian times, large homes in Britain kept up the use of separate rooms for particular stages in food preparation: the kitchen was for cooking, food was kept in a storeroom and prepared in a larder, and the cleaning up happened in a scullery. A century on, and sculleries/butler’s pantries have made a big comeback.

A scullery can be like a second kitchen, or it can be much more compact. It can be open to the main kitchen, or accessed via sliding or bi-fold doors. Depending on its size, it can be used to house, for example:

  • dirty utensils, crockery, glassware and cutlery as they accumulate throughout a meal;
  • a full-size sink for cleaning woks, pots and pans;
  • a dishwasher;
  • rubbish and recycle bins;
  • general storage;
  • appliances such as a rice cooker, microwave or toaster; and
  • a handy, extra freezer.

The butler’s pantry shown in these two photos is obviously the envy of any home owner, with storage to die for, but of course not everyone has the space to allow for this sized room! Read More

Kitchen With Butlers Pantry

With lots of cooking processes going on in a single room, kitchen can be a warm place for many. However, it can also be a comfortable space when its design is properly planned and executed.

The newest trend is designing open space kitchens which allow your family members and guests sitting in living rooms and drawing rooms to see what you are up to in the kitchen! The funnier side of this is when you mess things up or burn a chicken while cooking as everyone starts laughing on your cooking skills!

What is a Butler’s pantry?

The lavish houses in Great Britain used to have individual rooms for storing the cooking essentials and for cleaning the meat or vegetables. These types of side room or second kitchen are called Butler’s kitchen or Butler’s pantry.

How can you use it for modern times?

Modern homes have a lot of unnecessary passages reserved for travelling from one room to another. For example, you often need to walk through a passage while moving from your living room to kitchen, from bedroom to kitchen, etc.

This unnecessary space can be used to set up kitchen drawers and cabinets which can act as a kitchen with butler’s pantry. Most of the homes do not have additional rooms for a scullery and therefore, the idea of using the passage is in itself the best way to utilize every single inch of your house.

Melbourne’s style of kitchen renovation and design includes identification of the unused spaces of your home and converting them into a stunning butler’s pantry.

Modern design for butler’s pantry

It all depends on the size of your pantry and the large expanse of your kitchen. Most of the times, the unused space in your kitchen itself can be used for creating a pantry with stacked up cabinets and drawers that accommodate most of your kitchen’s essentials. Also, the gap between the walls of two rooms can be converted into a tabletop with large drawers at the bottom to store your heavier cooking accessories and cabinets decked up on the upper side of the walls to accommodate the smaller items. These installations are not only designed to be functional but their elegant finishing and classy looks leave an everlasting impression on your guests too!

Space saving ideas for modern pantry

A modern pantry is built to make your kitchen space more comfortable and breezy. Therefore, it is ok for your pantries to be a bit piled up and stacked as they only make the things more convenient for you.

Deep and wide drawers occupy too much space unnecessarily and it can also prove to be inconvenient to fetch things from them. Therefore, it is always wise to use up the space only till it remains comfortable for you or else all the efforts will go in vain.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and contact us now as our experts are always eager to transform your clumsy kitchen into a perfect butler’s kitchen!

At Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms we understand that your kitchen or bathroom design and renovation is an important investment for you, so quality and attention to detail are absolutely paramount.

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An enormous butler's pantry complements a simply stunning Hamptons sytle kitchen designed and built by Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms
An enormous butler’s pantry complements a simply stunning Hamptons sytle kitchen designed and built by Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms
The appliance corner of an enormous butler's pantry which complements a simply stunning Hamptons sytle kitchen designed and built by Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms
The appliance corner sits diagonally opposite – Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms

The photo below shows a more modest sized butler’s pantry flowing seamlessly from the main kitchen. Note the deep drawers, vertical lift overhead cupboards and deep, double sink with built in draining board. It has been designed not so much for food preparation, but for storage and cleaning functions. The auxiliary food pantry directly opposite the sinks has a soft closing sliding door as it is visible from the main living space.

Butler's pantry adjoining main kitchen, designed by Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms, Melbourne

Of course, a butler’s pantry takes up valuable space in your home, so you want to make it work hard for you. The designers at Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms in Hawthorn East, Melbourne can plan the space to use every last centimeter and make it as practical as possible to suit your particular needs.

Design considerations include clever storage solutions, task lighting (especially important as this space will generally not have a window), tea towel rails, and appliance placement. The materials used might not necessarily be as costly as those used in the kitchen itself, but still match to create a consistent aesthetic flow, especially for those parts of the butler’s pantry that might be visible from the dining/living area.

So come and see us at Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms in Hawthorn East to discuss whether a scullery could be the answer to your dreams of a clutter- and mess-free kitchen!

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