The butler’s pantry, a common feature of historic homes, is making a comeback. While regular pantries serve as a storage space, butler’s pantries can also be treated as an extension of the kitchen.
A butler’s pantry, also known as a scullery or serving pantry, is an open space between the kitchen and dining room that’s used for storage, food prep, or staging. It generally features countertops and cabinets and may include a sink, wine cellar, and tea or coffee-making appliances.
Butler’s pantries emerged in 19th-century England and America, with its greatest popularity in the latter half of the century. In wealthier homes, they were typically used by butlers to store and polish valuables like fine china, crystal, silverware, and serving platters.
- a staging space for food platters and refreshments when entertaining guests,
- a food prep station to keep cookware, food trays, and serving platters organized and out of the kitchen,
- a storage space to store items out of plain sight, like kitchenware and linens not regularly used,
- a coffee bar with a mini-refrigerator to store milk and cream,
- or a mini-wine cellar with cabinetry to store glassware and liquor bottles.
- Broom and mop hooks ensure brooms and mops won’t collect dirt or fall over while in storage.
- Chrome double hooks are great for hanging up aprons and other everyday items.
- Basket rim shelves are specially designed with basket rims and sides to keep taller items from toppling over.
- Chrome baskets do a great job of holding larger items while keeping your pantry organized.
- Frosted basket liners sit inside the baskets, covering the bottom slats.
- Pull-out bins and pull-out tray shelves give you easy access to items in the back so that you can get hard-to-reach items.
- Canned goods racks, spice racks, and wine racks mean your items will sit neatly in place without cluttering other pantry shelves.
- Towel racks allow for easy access to towels, table runners, or other linens.
- Use the same color scheme as your kitchen. This will create a seamless transition between the two spaces and help make your butler’s pantry appear larger.
- Include a pattern or pop of color with a backsplash and countertop.
- Incorporate open shelving to easily access serving pieces or display décor such as picture frames or plants.
If you’ve never had one before, it may seem like an indulgence. Yet, it’s one of the most useful features you can add. Plus, it’s easy to convert an existing pantry into more of a butler’s pantry.
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