Even the best kitchens don’t always have enough storage space for every ingredient, appliance, or dining room supply that you own. Also sometimes referred to as a scullery, a butler’s pantry is found between a dining room and a kitchen, usually as a feature in a larger home. Before the meal, you can grab your glasses, silverware, serving dishes, tablecloths, and more from the butler’s pantry.
In other words, it doesn’t have the same preparation and staging countertop space that a butler’s pantry would have. Instead, these usually have the same concept as a walk-in closet but rather than being dedicated to clothes, it’s the food and drink items mentioned above. Walk-in pantries are typically built to save space but won’t serve as a high-traffic area either.
When you aren’t in the walk-in pantry, you can shut the door and it’s out of sight, out of mind like any other closet. As mentioned before, the counter space offered in a butler’s pantry gives you room to stage and place final touches on dishes before serving them to everyone there.
Instead, almost all of the space in a walk-in pantry is dedicated to storage, giving you plenty of room to keep items including converting that would-be counter space to additional storage for items like food and appliances.
Luckily, this point is partly saved by the fact that walk-in pantries are highly customizable, so you can adapt your specific design to fit your tastes and home.
Pro: Better Organization – A walk-in pantry offers plenty of organizational opportunities. Using dedicated shelving or cabinet space for your most frequently used items can help streamline your meal prep and allow you to quickly create a shopping list.
Con: Upkeep- Unfortunately one of the downsides to all of this storage capacity and organization is the upkeep required. There are some similarities between the two options in that they can give you a lot of extra space to store supplies and items for your dining room and kitchen. On the other side, a butler’s pantry is built as a transitional area and an extension of your kitchen while also offering plenty of storage space.