How to Design the Perfect Butler's Pantryby: Kylie Jackes
The secret to a pristine kitchen lies in a little help behind the scenes.
We’ve embraced ‘open-plan’ as a way of life with combined living, dining and kitchen areas. But what to do when a stack of dishes starts piling up halfway through a dinner party? The emerging solution is a butler’s pantry.
This entertainer’s dream can be used to store appliances, prepare food and stow away mess mid-dinner party. Read on for our tips to create a hardworking space to suit your needs, where practicality reigns over luxury finishes.
Consider how much space you can allocate to a butler’s pantry and how it will be utilised. As a general guide, the width of the walkway should be at least 1000mm, then add another 600mm for benchtops. Consider L-shaped cabinetry, for a modest pantry; allow a minimum area of 1.6m x 2.2m. For a pantry with a double sink, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and bench space, allow upwards of 2.4m x 2.8m.
Keep costs down by opting for inexpensive materials, as this area won’t be on display. Laminate benchtops are a fraction of the cost of other finishes and can be closely colour matched to your main bench, ensuring continuity of style.
Pack in the storage by taking shelving to the ceiling and organising the contents by frequency of use. Glass jars or stackable square containers with locking lids are ideal for bulk foods like cereals and pasta, wire baskets are good for under-bench storage and tricky corners can be utilised with pull-out cupboard systems such as Blum’s Space Corner.
Keeping your pantry off-limits is as simple as installing a door. A great space-saving option is a cavity sliding door or a bifold.
Map out your storage needs. To prevent losing items at the back of the pantry, opt for a U-shaped design with shallow shelves. For smaller items like herbs and sauces, aim for a shelf width of 200mm. Open shelving is a great option for condiments, salt and pepper, which can be seen at a glance for easy access.
Create a list of must-haves. Allocate a spot for regularly used appliances within the pantry and calculate your space requirements.
Little extras make all the difference. Install hooks and rails to hang tea towels, utensils and reusable shopping bags and utilise wall space.