If your idea of a fabulous night is entertaining guests at home, then you may need a butler’s pantry. Of course, you don’t need a butler but the extra space and organization can save time and stress preparing meals and organizing.
A butler’s pantry is a small area typically used for storage, food prep or serving. In a large home this may be separate from the main kitchen or it can be located between the kitchen and dining area.
The term “butler’s pantry” originated in the 18th century when homes added rooms for servants to make final meal preparations, keeping the mess out of sight.
Historically, the butler’s pantry also held the family silver and fine china. Today, butler’s pantries (also called service pantries) are used as a coffee station, wet bar, storage and serving area.
How is this any different than a regular pantry? A butler’s pantry typically has more counter space and cabinetry with a sink and/or refrigerator for prep and storage.
The benefits of a butler’s pantry include the convenience of having everything you need close at hand, saving time. And more importantly, we all know everyone ends up in the kitchen and a butler’s pantry will keep the mess in the pantry where it belongs.
The space also offers added storage. Because it is used to add the finishing touches to a meal, consider adding a microwave, toaster oven and cookware.
And the final convenience is the cleanup. Save your kitchen and use the butler’s pantry for quick clean ups and organization.
When designing a butler’s pantry, make sure to design to impress. It’s likely your guests will pass through it and may see it as you use it.
Consider glass-front cabinets, wine racks and high-end features that mirror the kitchen design for a seamless look. Consider how you will use it and design from there.
A butler’s pantry can be a great addition, especially if you have the extra space. It will cost you, but it can be a great investment.