Butler’s Pantries: Everything You Need to Know

Despite the name, you don’t need to have a butler to find a butler’s pantry useful. In today’s post, trusted kitchen contractor DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Huntsville shares a quick guide to butler’s pantries, and why you should consider getting one for your kitchen.

What Is a Butler’s Pantry?

Also known as a scullery, a butler’s pantry is a space between the kitchen and the dining room. Traditionally, butler’s pantries served both as the butler’s living quarters, allowing them to be available at all times. The family butler may also use it as a makeshift office where documents like wine inventory are kept.

Today’s butler’s pantries are generally used for storage and staging. Things that don’t necessarily need to be displayed in the kitchen, such as dinnerware and small appliances, can be kept here. A butler’s pantry may also have a countertop that’s used for staging multi-course meals and as an informal dining space. Talk to your kitchen remodeler about the many possible elements that can be incorporated into your own butler’s pantry.

Benefits of a Butler’s Pantry 

A butler’s pantry can give your kitchen a streamlined look. It separates things and activities in the kitchen that you don’t want to put on display. For example, everyday appliances like your blender or coffeemaker can be kept out of sight, without necessarily storing them in a cabinet. If you want to surprise your guests with a multi-course dinner, a countertop that’s hidden from the dinner table can be useful. Canned goods and baking supplies need not be put on full display. 

Design Considerations

Butler’s pantries are ideal for kitchens with large footprints, and can be used to make the most out of odd corners or irregularly-shaped walls. If you have an open floor plan, you’ll need a space that isn’t openly displayed — this is where a butler’s pantry is best. You can optimize it for storage with custom shelves, hanging racks and wall-mounted appliances.

Let’s Start a Conversation!

Since butler’s pantries are not part of a typical house’s floor plan, you’ll need to work with a designer and remodeler who will understand its purpose, which can vary between homeowners. Let our team DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Huntsville be of assistance! As the trusted “contractor near me” in Huntsville, Madison and New Hope, we are committed to creating a butler’s pantry design that fits your needs.

To get started with a no-obligation consultation, call us at (256) 670-1834 or contact us online! We also serve Owens Cross Roads, Gurley, Triana, Meridianville, Moores Mill, Redstone Arsenal, Harvest and Hazel Green.

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