Whether it serves as an entertaining hub or just a storage space, a butler’s pantry can be valuable to your home. It’s an entertainer’s sidekick! You can use the space to store your collection of platters and dishes or to stage a meal before serving. Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource offers tips to ensure you plan a functional butler’s pantry.
Location, Location, Location
The butler’s pantry should be easily accessible from the kitchen and dining room. This makes serving less complicated and accommodates the flow between entertaining spaces. Many butler’s pantries have extra counter and prep space, storage, and appliances, so when positioned properly in the house, they can serve as an extension to your kitchen or dining room.
Dishes, platters, barware, linens, glasses, silverware – a well-prepared host or hostess has a lot to store. Custom cabinetry with roll-outs, dividers, and other organizational systems ensure everything has its place. Open shelving is another great option, so you can easily (and quickly) grab the serving bowl or dish you need for your soiree. Other storage options include wine cubbies, baskets, and cabinetry with glass doors.
Beyond storage, some butler’s pantries are equipped with appliances – beverage and wine refrigerators, ice makers, microwave drawers, and built-in coffee makers. It can also be useful to include a bar sink to help with food prep or drink mixing. When a butler’s pantry is fully equipped, it essentially serves “double duty” as a pantry and a wet bar.
Big or small, a butler’s pantry is the perfect place to showcase your style and get creative. Whether you’re incorporating a unique backsplash, a bold ceiling detail, or a fun light fixture, the options are endless to customize this useful space.