10 Butler’s Pantry Ideas

When I was a freshman in high school and cleaned house for Mrs. Ashby, I admired her butler’s pantry and told myself I would someday have one. Her service pantry was a small hallway between her kitchen and dining room and was the first one I had ever seen. She always had a bottle of brandy tucked by the small sink and drank her libation out of an English tea cup. Since then I’ve always been fascinated by butler’s pantries.

Clemson Architects & Building Designers Studio 511

The butler’s pantry was a place for service staff to store the family’s silver and china under lock and key. Typically it was a small hallway or room between the kitchen and formal dining room.


Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Inc.

This space was also used to stage meals back in the day.  In today’s world, we simply refer to them as a wet bar or a storage pantry.


Hyannis Kitchen & Bath Fixtures Horgan Millwork, Inc.

Rich wood and leaded glass cabinets create a gorgeous craftsman style butler’s pantry.


Seattle Architects & Building Designers

Why not add a little color to a butler’s pantry? You can go soft …


Portland Cabinets & Cabinetry Pennville Custom Cabinetry

… or go bold with red!


Portland Design-Build Firms Mosaik Design & Remodeling

Hubby and I were looking at model homes recently and were surprised to see the return of the butler’s pantry in several of the models.


Golden Valley Design-Build Firms Gonyea Homes & Remodeling

You could easily add a butler’s pantry to your own home with a standalone unit like this one.


Los Angeles Architects & Building Designers Tim Barber LTD Architecture & Interior Design

I love this butler’s pantry tucked in a corner. From the cozy wine cabinet to the glass front cabinet doors, I think it has an understated charm. Plus I love that silver serving tray!


Palo Alto Architects & Building Designers FGY Architects

You could easily convert a closet space into a functional butler’s pantry like this one. It really wouldn’t be that hard to do.


New Hope Home Builders Worthington Custom Builder Inc.

This one has a bit of beautiful French Country style to it. I haven’t seen a butler’s pantry I don’t like, and I’m still waiting to have my own one day … just like Mrs. Ashby’s house … except mine will be stocked with a glass of wine instead of an English tea cup filled with brandy!

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  1. Hi Jennifer,
    I really love Butler’s Pantries, they are so lovely and yet so practical. I am fortunate enough to have a pantry cupboard in the kitchen. I don’t know what I would do without it as I have a small amount of storage space in my kitchen cupboards. A renovation would supply more storage but would eliminate the table in the kitchen and there is not another space for a table in the cottage.

    Take care,

  2. Growing up in the poor side of town, as was everyone I knew also did . We lived in tenement houses, they all had a pantry, which was where the sink and overhead cupboards were. I would love to have the sink and more storage in a little room, you know a place to hide all those dirty dishes until the company leaves ( not seen). I wish…..

  3. I love ‘offices’ or butler’s pantries. We had one when we lived in a huge house and it was similar to the rich wood one here, as my kitchen was in rich wood too. I am partial to that look. When we remodeled our kitchen 4 years ago, here, in our pent house apartment; we redid it again in a beautiful custom wood cabinets replacing the white cabinets it had.
    Thanks for sharing sweetie, they’re all gorgeous! Pinning.

  4. Hi Jennifer… I live in a really old house and one of my favorite parts of it is the butlers pantry. Works out well for my dish/plate obsession. Have a great day!

  5. Everything here looks majestic. I especially like the green though. It’s fresh to the eyes. 🙂

  6. Oh so lovely. But most people could not afford such luxuries. Too bad. We all needier room.

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