A butler’s pantry is essentially a smaller, secondary kitchen located right next to the main kitchen. It serves as extra storage space and prep area conveniently close to the kitchen. But butler’s pantries can also be so much more.
With smart design and high end finishes, a butler’s pantry takes your kitchen to the next level of luxury and convenience. Get in touch with us if you’re considering a kitchen remodel and want to learn more about adding a butler’s pantry.
How Much Does a Butler’s Pantry Cost?
What can you expect to pay for this luxurious addition? The cost varies tremendously based on the size, layout, features and finishes you select. The typical range is $5,000 to $30,000. On the higher end with top notch finishes and custom cabinets, some butler pantries run $100,000 or more.
Factors that increase the cost include:
- Large size with abundant cabinets and countertops
- High end materials like marble, quartz or granite counters
- Custom or ornate wood cabinetry
- Built-in high-end appliances like wine fridges, cappuccino makers or warming drawers
The design options for butler’s pantries today are incredible. As you plan the layout, key considerations include:
Typical sizes range from 25 to 100 square feet. Make sure to think about how you cook, entertain and move about the kitchen to select the right footprint. Allow enough space for multiple people to access cabinets and appliances without bumping into each other.
Determine how you’ll use the space. Will it be mainly for food and drink preparation to take pressure off the main kitchen? For storing and organizing appliances, cookware and tableware? For staging catered meals? For serving drinks when entertaining? All play a role in planning the layout.
Convenient access from the kitchen is key. An opening of 3 to 4 feet placed strategically between cabinets allows easy movement. Carefully assess traffic flow when cooking and entertaining.
Include storage specifics like drawer dividers for utensils, pull-out shelves, appliances garages and vertical slots for trays and cutting boards. Ample storage ensures maximum utility.
Though adjacent to the kitchen, the butler’s pantry presents an opportunity to use different cabinetry, color palettes, flooring and decor. The design can reinforce the kitchen scheme or offer dramatic contrast. Glass door cabinets beautifully display collectibles.
Butler’s Pantry Layout Ideas
When designing your butler’s pantry layout, think expansively about how to best utilize every inch of space. Consider these inspiring ideas:
A peninsula style butler’s pantry extends from the kitchen like an island. It’s accessible from both sides, allowing multiple cooks to work simultaneously. Upper and base cabinets on both sides maximize storage. One side could offer a sink, workspace and appliances for preparing food.
For larger kitchens, a walk-through butler’s pantry acts like a bridge between rooms. It may connect the kitchen to the dining room or lead from the garage entrance directly into the kitchen. Appliances and ample cabinets line one or both walls.
Hidden Appliance Model
Preserve a clean look by hiding small appliances inside the butler’s pantry behind cabinet doors. Design appliance garages just like in the main kitchen. Use pull out shelves or drawers to access a microwave, toaster oven, mini fridge or coffee station.
L Shape Model
An L shape maximizes storage since cabinets can line two adjacent walls. Place appliances along one wall and use the back wall solely for cabinets to store dishes, linens, cookware and more organized by use.
Wet Bar Addition
Take your entertaining to the next level by adding a wet bar to your butler’s pantry layout. Incorporate features like a wine refrigerator, undercounter beverage cooler, drink mixer and glassware storage. Before embarking on a kitchen refresh or custom home build, do some careful planning. Consult kitchen designers to map out an optimal work triangle that seamlessly incorporates the butler’s pantry. Carefully assess how you use your kitchen to create a layout catered to your family’s needs.