Top 4 tips for achieving the ultimate butler’s pantry

What’s in your dream butler’s pantry?  Loads of neatly organised storage, home for all those appliances, or just a quiet spot to prep your veggies?  Once a luxury only reserved for those who actually had butlers, but these days a butler’s pantry is almost essential for keeping our highly sociable kitchens stress free.

With everyone gathering around the kitchen as the main entertaining hub of our busy homes, it makes sense that we want to streamline these spaces and have them flow seamlessly with the connecting zones.  Whether your preference is a full service butler’s pantry with a sink or a storage-specific luxury larder, Stylemaster thinks of all the ways these important spaces can enhance your daily life so all you have to do is move in and stock up on delicious goodies to fill those shelves!  Here are our top designer tips for success in your butler’s pantry.

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1. APPLIANCES

One of the primary functions of the butler’s pantry is to provide an out of the way home for those important mid-size appliances like toasters, kettles, coffee machines, microwaves and even the beloved Thermomix.  But storage needs to be both flexible and specific to the needs of the individual.  Consider your lifestyle and plan from the beginning.  Buying in bulk has the potential to save families a lot of money over the course of the year so if you need to house a chest freezer ensure that adequate space is allocated in the design.  For avid entertainers, wine storage or an additional dishwasher can be an absolute lifesaver – and butler’s pantries are a great spot to stash the mess until your guests have left in the evening.  Depending on how much heat and moisture will be generated by your appliances on a regular basis you may also need to install a rangehood to avoid deteriorating cabinetry overtime.

When designing storage to house your appliances you need to carefully measure to ensure a perfect fit. If you replace items often, incorporating adjustable shelving can be advantageous.  It may also pay to weigh larger items to ensure that your shelving is reinforced where required. Smaller appliances can be stored on trays making them easier to slide, store and clean.  And trays can be helpful for keeping all the little attachments together since these are often the reasons our drawers become full of clutter.

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2. STORAGE

A combination of open and concealed storage is a great way to keep frequently used items in full view and everything else neatly organized and out of site.  Invest in adjustable drawer dividers and clever cupboard accessories to ensure you have easy access to those hard to reach areas such as corners and the very back of deeper cupboards.  Allocate areas for knife holders, towel rails and spice drawers along with your specialist utensils so they are within logical reach for the task and on hand when you need them.  Being able to quickly identify stock of pantry items will also assist in reducing waste since it should help you stop repurchasing items you forgot you had.

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3. LIGHTING

If you are using your butler’s pantry for preparation as well as storage then ensure that you have sufficient lighting for the tasks you will need to perform, such as cutting vegetables or reading recipes and food labels.  You may wish to include adjustable track lighting overhead combined with LED strip lights under shelving.

4. MATERIALS

Benchtops and cabinetry should be consistent with what you have chosen for your main kitchen to ensure a seamless flow between the two zones.  They should also be just as durable as the main kitchen particularly where you intend to use your butler’s pantry for food preparation. And if your preparation is not the tidiest you may want to consider translucent glazing or a solid door to your pantry.

For more butler’s pantry inspiration and kitchen design ideas visit our kitchen galleries or book your tour of Stylemaster’s Skyline Design Studio.