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What is a Butler's Pantry, and where should it go in your new home?


What is a Butler's Pantry | Butlers Pantry | Kitchen Design 2011


More and more homeowners are putting their money, time, and energy into creating their ideal kitchen design.

The integration of storage centers, such as a Butler's Pantry, have a dual purpose: practicality and presentation.

What, exactly, is a Butler's Pantry, and why is it so popular in new home construction?




What is a Butler's Pantry?

A Butler's Pantry can be used for  additional storage capacity, extra food preparation space, or as a showcase area.

1. Additional Storage CapacityCustom Home Design Trends | Butlers Pantry | Kitchen Design Ideas 2011

Butler's Pantries often include cabinets, shelves, and doors, designed for easy reach of often-used items such as linnens, silverware, or wine glasses.

2. Extra Food Preparation Space

Butler's Pantries often include additional working counter space, which helps keep the central kitchen areas clear for entertainment and conversation.

3. Showcase Area

Butlers Pantries are also used to display wine racks, stem glass holders, china, and more, on decorative shelves or in glass encasements.


Where Should a Butler's Pantry be Placed?

A Butler's Pantry can be placed in a variety of areas, including between the kitchen and formal dining room, in hallways or under staircases, or in an alcove off the dining room.  

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1. Between the Kitchen and Formal Dining Room

This is the most common location for a Butler's Pantry. The area between the kitchen and formal dining room is a convenient, open location that shows off the unique features of the pantry, while allowing for ease of access.

2. Hallways and Staircases

Butlers Pantries can take advantage of the unused space in hallways, particularly underneath staircases.

This location is more commonly used for small centers of additional storage and counter space.

3. An Alcove off the Dining Room

A Butlers Pantry can also be tucked in an alcove off the dining room itself. Again, this area lends convenience, while still acting as a showcase area for the custom features exclusive to a Butler's Pantry.


 What is a Butler's Pantry | Butlers Pantry | Kitchen Design 2011

Whether you want your Butler's Pantry to blend in or stand out, custom design options are endless.

Glass doors, crown molding, wine racks, matching (or contrasting) granite countertops, and tiered shelving are just a few popular selections.  

Keep in mind that a Butler's Pantry can be added to new custom homes of nearly any size and budget!

Talk to your Raleigh custom home builder about adding a Butler's Pantry to your favorite floor plan.


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