Tips on Creating a Butlers Pantry
When we think about our dream home, chances are it will includes things like a large master bedroom, alfresco area and maybe even a swimming pool.
But times are changing, and things like a butlers pantry is hot on the list of must-have’s for many people now.
Whether you know it or not, a butlers pantry could be one of those game changing inclusions in your new home or renovation.
So grab a cosy spot on the couch, and let’s talk about your dream Butlers Pantry!
Entertain The Idea
We’ve all been there…you’ve organised a BBQ or party at your home, and half an hour before the guests are due to arrive, you realise the kitchen looks like a nightmare!
Our first thoughts are usually to try and clean up, so our guest feel like we’re not stressed out at all…
But, what if you had a butlers pantry? Is this the stuff that dreams are made of? Well, if you enjoy entertaining, creating a butlers pantry in your home, may be the solution to those perfect parties.
Let’s take you through some practical, versatile and of course, beautiful butlers pantries. Maybe we can inspire you to give it a go in your next home or renovation!
The Quiet Achiever
Okay, so you’ve spent the day organising the house for entertaining and then you need to cook up a storm to feed all your guests.
No problemo! A butlers pantry is the ultimate essential for anyone who loves entertaining. Nobody wants to spend more time cleaning up the kitchen after you’ve already spent hours cooking and cleaning up everywhere else.
Chances are, you want to put your feet up and enjoy a tipple with your friends and family when they arrive.
One of the many benefits of this space, is that you can prepare, cook and even keep food warm until serving – all behind closed doors!
Your guest won’t even think you have lifted a finger in the kitchen, because everything is concealed in another area away from the main kitchen.
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Try something…close your eyes, breathe deeply, and imagine your D.R.E.A.M butlers pantry…
Did you picture something like this? Light, bright, spacious, beautiful? Hmm, thought so! You’re going to need to pack in some big things in this space.
- Storage For Days – Include as much storage as possible. And try different kinds of storage, a large full-height pantry, above head cabinetry, some large & deep drawers for things like bit pots and platters, even open shelving to show off some of your gorgeous homewares
- Kitchen Sink – try opting for either a large double sink, or even a deep farmhouse sink. This allows you to prepare, cook and clean up all in one space
- Power Points – ensure you include enough electrical points for things like a dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and other small appliances so you always have an efficient space where you can have 2 or 3 things going at once
Have Some Fun
While a butlers pantry should be a functional and practical space, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little bit of fun with the colours and design.
Because it is usually an area that is hidden away, alot of people won’t actually see it…so, if you’ve been wanting to let loose and try something different, this may be a great opportunity to show some flair.
If you’ve been crushing on a vibrant feature tile, an oversized farmhouse sink, or a unique countertop – go for it! You will still have the versatility that you need, but your personality can shine through.
Design Tip – The butlers pantry doesn’t need to match the style or design of your main kitchen. Cohesion is great in a home, but so is some personality. If you really love a particular colour, why not inject some into this space, you’ll be so happy that you did!
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Available space in our homes is at an all time premium, so many of us may not have a generous floorplan to enable an extra large walk-in butlers pantry.
Lucky for us, it’s still within reach! By including a concealed butlers pantry, you get the best of both worlds.
Style & Function…there will still be plenty of room to include a sink, storage, the kettle and toaster for those breakfasts on the run – Maybe even a wine fridge for storing drinks at the perfect temperature.
This still gives you the ability to store, prepare and cook food, with the flexibility of closing a door on all the mess afterwards. Genius!
Design Tip – Again, you can either try something different with the design, or keep it cohesive and use the same colours, style and design as the main kitchen.
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Close The Door
So after all your guests leave the party, you can literally close the door on the mess and fix it up later.
If you are dreaming about having a butlers pantry in your current home, or your dream home, explore the possibilities with your builder or engage in some expert help from a Kitchen Designer.
It might seem excessive, but once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
What would be the essentials you would include in your dream butlers pantry?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, drop us a comment :)