Butler’s Pantry Architectural Hardware

Butler's pantry in Brisbane featuring architectural hardware from Barben

What is a Butler’s Pantry?

Historically, a butler’s pantry, also known as a scullery, served as a space in large homes where valuable items such as silverware, china, serving dishes, and urns were stored and protected. It was often kept under lock and key, and occasionally, the butler would even sleep there.

In modern times, the concept of a butler’s pantry has found its way into the floor plans of contemporary homes. Essentially, a butler’s pantry is a small kitchen within the main kitchen, usually hidden behind a wall or door. Its primary purpose is to provide a dedicated space for food preparation and cleaning up, keeping the main kitchen tidy. Additionally, it serves as a storage area for groceries or appliances that are not frequently used.

The size of the butler’s pantry depends on the floor plan and the dimensions of the main kitchen. Some butler’s pantries may include a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, sink, tap, or even a coffee machine. Open shelving is commonly used for storage in this area, as it allows for easy visibility and accessibility. Since the butler’s pantry is usually concealed, there is no need for cabinet doors, making it a cost-effective storage solution. Opting for less expensive benchtops and finishes can also help keep the budget reasonable. It is essential to have a functional benchtop, sink, and tap in the pantry for food preparation and cleanup. The pantry can be designed to coordinate with the main kitchen in terms of colour and design scheme, but adding decorative items such as vases, cookbooks, bowls, platters, serving ware, and glassware can infuse personality into the space.

The size of the butler’s pantry in a new build allows homeowners to decide if they want the kitchen to be the primary gathering and cooking area, using the pantry primarily for general storage. If the butler’s pantry is intended for food preparation, considerations should be made for integrating a tap, sink, and refrigerator.

When the pantry is hidden behind a wall or door without access to natural light, it is important to consider lighting that serves the purpose both during the day and at night. Using light finishes throughout the pantry can help reflect light and contribute to ambient lighting.

Butler’s Pantry Accessories by Barben

Barben Boutique offers a range of products and finishes that can add the final touches to your butler’s pantry. We recommend our Stream Collection of kitchen mixers with pull-out sprays, which allow for pre-rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Additionally, our selection of tapware and kitchen mixers in various PVD finishes can complement your chosen colour palette. Completing the look, our collection of powder-coated cabinet handles and custom-made integrated appliance handles can add a stylish finishing touch to your butler’s pantry.

Visit our website to select the best accessories that are guaranteed to lend character and authenticity to your home.

For further information please contact us at sales@barbenboutique.com.au.

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