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Designing the Butler’s Pantry: What is it and How Can You Do it?

Butler’s pantries are a great way to increase the amount of storage in your kitchen. They also typically come with white cabinets, which is why they look so elegant and clean. However, designing one can be difficult because there are so many things you need to consider!

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Butler’s pantry is a great way to add more storage

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Butler’s pantries, also known as prep kitchens or caterer’s kitchens, are something that’s common in high-end, luxurious kitchens, but are slowly becoming a mainstream choice. This blog post will discuss what butlers’ pantries are and how you can design yours!

What is a Butler’s Pantry?

A butler’s pantry is an extra storage area. It is usually located near the kitchen but can be placed anywhere in the house. Butler’s pantries are used to prepare food, store dishes, silverware, and other kitchen items that are not used on a daily basis.


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Designing a butler’s pantry can be difficult because there are many things you need to consider. First, you need to decide where the pantry will be located. You also have to think about what cabinets are going to go in it and how much storage space you’ll need. It may take a few days or weeks for your butler’s pantry design process, but once you’re done with all of the hard work it will be worth it!

How to Design a Butler’s Pantry

Pick the location

If you have a small closet near your kitchen that you don’t use, the butler’s pantry is a great way to utilize that unused space near your kitchen. The secret? Cabinets and counters! Building a butler’s pantry is not as easy or convenient if you don’t have an unused enclave to start from. You will need more space, a fully licensed and insured contractor for the job – so make sure that they know what their requirements are before starting!

Choose the cabinets

One of the most important things when designing a butler’s pantry is to choose perfect cabinets. Some people choose to match the cabinetry and counters with their kitchen cabinets and counters, but you can experiment with other styles and colors. For a timeless cooking and storage space, we always recommend going with white cabinets. If you need more inspiration, make sure to check out our amazing collection that may be just the right fit for your new pantry!


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Make sure the room is not dark

With all the work that needs to be done, from cooking and prep time for food as well as cleaning up afterward – you want plenty of light. It’s important to have plenty of light in the prep kitchen because you won’t be able to work efficiently if it feels like an enclosed space that is dark and cramped. Plus, wielding knives in the dark could be dangerous!

What else do you need?

The answer is going to depend on your family’s needs. When deciding what to include and how you want your butler’s pantry layout, be sure that it’s prioritized around the most frequent activities. For example, if someone loves baking then they’ll probably want plenty of storage space where all dishes related to this hobby can live without cluttering up other areas or getting lost among other items like utensils because there are so many!




A butler’s pantry is a great way to increase the amount of storage in your kitchen. It comes with white cabinets and typically has its own designated space in the house. If you’re looking for some extra storage or want to create an elegant look in your home, then designing a butler’s pantry is the way to go! Thanks for reading.


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