The Return of the Butler’s Pantry

December 18, 2014   |   News

As a historic furniture manufacturing city, it is no surprise that many older Grand Rapids homes have traditional custom pieces such as the Butler’s Pantry. Originally, a butler’s pantry was located in a short hallway between the kitchen and dining room. This allowed for easy access to glassware and silver. It also provided a surface to set out appetizers, drinks, or dessert.

A traditional butler's pantry

A traditional butler’s pantry


Over time the butler’s pantry has adapted for smaller homes that don’t have the luxury of extra space. Pantries like these tend to look more like a bar. Which makes perfect sense because, in reality a butler’s pantry is like a spacious home bar, it stores all the fun items necessary for entertaining. And with the holidays in full swing a butler’s pantry is perfect for home owners who like to throw a good party! And who doesn’t enjoy a good party?!

In recent renovations we have helped clients restore and update old butler’s pantries. Installing a state of the art wine cooler, bar sink, or replacing tired cabinets with new custom doors  are a great way to make the old new and cool again. We have also been installing more and more into new GR homes. The trend seems to be most popular in transitional or classic homes, but is not limited to them. Modern, contemporary and eclectic styles homes have adopted the trend as well. We think that it’s always fun to see how old home design trends come back into style and we are really digging the butler’s pantry. If you’d like to update and existing pantry or have questions about how to start a new project please feel free to stop by one of our showrooms in Grand Rapids or Zeeland.