THE ADVANTAGES OF LARDER CUPBOARDS
Larder cupboards are outstanding statement pieces in their own right, providing plenty of storage space. To put your design ideas to reality, keep reading to learn about the newest trends and benefits of adding a larder to your kitchen.
WHAT DO LARDER CUPBOARDS MEAN?
A pantry cabinet was traditionally a necessary component of any working kitchen. It was often a room in itself, with a marble-topped space for keeping meat and dairy goods cool. Larder cupboards, on the other hand, are making a significant resurgence in modern homes.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PANTRIES AND LARDER CUPBOARDS?
Both larder and pantries can be used to store food. The former was originally used to store perishable items like flour and preserves, as well as dishes and linens, while the latter was used to store more durable items like flour and preserves. However, you may combine the two to create a pantry larder where you can store a variety of foods as well as your cookware.
One of our most popular storage solutions is our pantry larder, which offers plenty of space. They also harken back to more traditional designs and ideals, which is especially pertinent given the current trends in home cooking and gardening.
Our pantry larder offers a complete self-contained kitchen storage solution, with deep oak drawers for pans and utensils, spice and wine racks for storing jars and bottles, a granite shelf for food preparation, and two cleverly concealed removable trays.
UNIQUE FEATURES OF LARDER CUPBOARDS?
LARDER CUPBOARDS THAT STAND ALONE
Freestanding larder cupboards compliment a classic modular appearance by standing apart from your cabinetry. Several freestanding pieces, for example, can give one of our Original kitchens a subtle feeling of character.
LARDER CUPBOARDS BUILT-IN
This style of larder blends in with your cabinets and looks great in a modern kitchen like our Linear kitchen. With an integrated built-in larder, it's also considerably easier to connect plug points and inside illumination.
DRESSER FOR BREAKFAST
Our breakfast dresser resembles a larder and is ideal for individuals who like a more classic design. This lovely item features a recessed top part with sliding doors for convenient access to all of your food and cooking tools. A pair of handmade removable trays, as well as two drawers and cupboards, are located in the bottom half.
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY ADVANTAGES OF LARDER CUPBOARDS?
MORE STORAGE FOR ANY TYPE OF KITCHEN
You should not believe that a larder cupboards is only for large kitchens. A 60cm wide floor-to-ceiling larder takes up about the same amount of room as a base unit with a wall cabinet above it, but provides significantly more storage. To make the most of your space, we also provide bifold door alternatives.
BEAUTIFUL AND FUNCTIONAL AT THE SAME TIME
A larder cupboards is not only one of the most versatile kitchen storage solutions, but it's also a distinctive piece of furniture that instantly adds style. Consider painting it a bright accent color to contrast with a white or pale grey kitchen. Or add a splash of color to the insides of your cupboards when they're opened?
The larder cupboardswere phased out when fridge freezers became more common in the early 1900s, as it was considered "old fashioned." However, times have changed, and a larder is now considered a must-have for any new kitchen.
In a tiny kitchen, maximize storage.
To include a larder cupboards, you don't need a large kitchen. Many of our clients who have a small kitchen want a larder built into their new space.
It's absolutely worth thinking about incorporating one into the design of your tiny kitchen; it can be a really efficient use of space.
It takes up no more floor area yet has the capability of running from floor to ceiling.
The Blum Space tower is a contemporary twist on an integrated larder that makes the most of the available space. We deploy these on a regular basis to provide our clients with ample storage.
The pull-out drawers, tucked snugly into a small area, allow you to reach the back of each unit and make the most of every centimeter.
Larder cupboards: built-in or freestanding?
Consider whether a more integrated style will allow the larder to flow easily into the rest of your kitchen. Perhaps you want a more self-contained design and feel.
If you want to add lighting or electrical equipment within your unit, going integrated will provide you greater choice.
A microwave hidden inside your pantry is a clever storage option for something you don't use very often. It gives your kitchen cleaner lines and frees up room on the work area by tucking it away out of sight. When we build the inside elements of a larder, we plan the electrical feed so that it will always work flawlessly in your kitchen.
If you choose with a freestanding design, the larder cupboard can be painted the same color as the rest of the kitchen to match.
A customized strategy
A unique larder cupboard was recently built and installed by our team. It was created to complement the existing original cupboard in the room's left alcove.
We built a new storage cupboard and integrated a set of heavy-duty drawers after meticulously replicating the original style. We painted the cabinet doors to match and replaced the handles.
We hope this has given you a decent idea of the various alternatives for larder cupboards. You've seen several methods for achieving outstanding kitchen storage as well as prospective design options for your new kitchen. All of the aforementioned larders were created specifically for our clients to fulfill their demands.
There is a larder cupboard option to suit you and your area, whether your new kitchen is huge or tiny. Finding the right storage solution for you and your kitchen usage requires a personalized approach. Finally, a larder may be a valuable addition to any kitchen and is well worth considering.
Upon Constructing Larder Cupboards,
To begin, decide what you'd like to store—or plug in—right there, whether it's a lifetime supply of vanilla, a blender, cookbooks, your grandmother's soup tureen, a larder shelf, or fondue forks you only use once a year. Plan for your goods and any outlets before the shelves and niches are installed.
Make a colorful display of rarely used pots and pans on the top shelf.
Bring the ones you forget you had forward.
Do you have a step stool, an ice cream maker, and enough dog food to serve an entire kennel?
The ideal location is cool, dry, and accessible. A gut renovation provides the most alternatives, but it isn't the only one.
Consider shifting an inner wall to make place for a pantry on the kitchen side instead of tearing it down to open up the kitchen to the dining area.
Select a Recess.
Pantry shelves can be built into a wall near the prep area or even between studs.
Imagine a coat or broom closet as a pantry if you aren't getting much use out of it. There's no rule that says you can't put the dustpan in there as well.
Unheated, shed-like lean-tos were common in colonial pantry closets. The modern equivalent is a one-story back extension with a half bath or mudroom.
Install a standalone unit in a cold, dry basement; solid, open wire shelves contain everything and are easy to access. Alternatively, hang boxed open shelves down the stairwell to create a built-in ladder.
Think about your storage options.
Walk-In Pantry Dimensions and Adjustable Larder Cupboards
Walk-ins are typically 5 by 5 feet in size and can be lined with U-shaped open shelves or cabinets, with or without a countertop. For bulky products, start with bottom shelves that are 16 to 18 inches deep and placed 18 to 24 inches between; for cereal boxes and canisters, construct shelves at eye level that are 12 to 14 inches deep and set 14 to 16 inches apart. Spice and can shelves may only require 6 inches of space from front to back.
Selection and Construction of Larder Cupboards
- Plywood is the most common shelf material—edges can be completed with iron-on veneer banding or wood trim—but other materials (if used carefully; see below) can be used as well.
- Install cabinets if you dislike looking at things. If dust rather than clutter is an issue, use uppers with classic glass fronts.
- To avoid door jams, pay attention to where doors swing, whether they're on a pantry cupboard or leading to the pantry itself. Some pantries have no doors at all.
- Use a ceiling fixture—a pendant would be lovely—or motion-activated rechargeable puck lights.
- Store smaller items on organizers like lazy Susans and tiered shelf inserts to avoid the game of hide-and-seek.
- Keep it cool and dry, ideally below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 45 percent relative humidity. No AC? Connect a tiny dehumidifier to the outlet. No power? Use a moisture-absorbing product like Arm & Hammer's.
Open Shelves on Wall-to-Wall Larder Cupboards
The depth of open shelves is usually uniform. To keep everything in front and center, professional organizers prefer shelves that are no more than 14 inches deep.
Cabinetmakers are now offering pantry-style storage choices that mix in with the rest of the kitchen storage, ranging from modest enhancements like a tall pullout to full-blown built-ins with hutch-like appeal. With restricted door swings and bottom-mount drawers, "batwing" pantry cabinets resemble French-door refrigerators.
Narrow Slide-Out Pantry Cabinets are an option.
Narrow slide-outs (above) are open on both sides and make efficient use of little space; Rev-A-Shelf produces a retrofit that is only 3 inches wide. Wooden rollout trays are available in a variety of widths and depths, and may be fitted at various heights depending on what you wish to store.
Tucked Under Stairs is a Found Space.
Older homes aren't known for having a lot of extra closets and rooms, but they do have nooks and crannies that can be turned into pantries or filled with freestanding furniture. Larder Cupboards in Freestanding Spaces. Freestanding storage, such as this unpainted old hutch, may provide both warmth and functionality.
How to install pantry cabinets in your kitchen
Show off your pantry
This design will work well if you desire a pantry cupboard with glazing that is separate from the main kitchen. When you're in there, a steel-framed transparent sliding door keeps it from feeling too claustrophobic while still giving you a good view inside. Make sure you design this space early on to see how it will work. Another consideration is that you will have a clear view of the larder, so consider whether you mind if it becomes disorganized.
Install larder cupboards.
With deep shelf excellent for keeping dried items, this layout provides a completely self-contained solution. By incorporating a rack into the door and adding storage at various heights, you can easily incorporate a breakfast cupboard into existing cabinets. I have a lot of jars strewn about, so this solution would not only free up space but also allow me to see what's inside the cabinet because I wouldn't have to relegate bottles to the back, and pull-down and pull-out alternatives are perfect for condiments and small appliances. Include plug connections for products like your toaster and coffee maker if you're planning on having a breakfast cupboard. If you do this, consider storing countertop appliances that generate heat on pull-out shelves to keep them safe to use in the larder.
Make it self-contained.
A freestanding dresser is a terrific option to use the available space as a larder if you have an unoccupied corner. A freestanding design provides a discrete area that can be arranged to meet your precise needs, with plenty of space for anything from cutlery to dry food. Full-height shelving for taller things like bottles, as well as pull-out racks for spices or drawers and wicker baskets for fresh produce, can be included in the larder. Larders can be a focus piece as well as being functional, so why not paint them a different color from the rest of your cabinetry? I'm thinking of going with a pastel mint green...
Open shelf can be used to create a display.
Exposed storage provides trouble-free access to everyday items if your goal is to have everything on display and within easy reach. It's convenient to see what you have on hand, but this design also allows you to make a statement. This approach can help lighten the space, bring in color, and add intrigue by serving as a showcase for some of your favorite ornaments, for example. Having things like crockery, glassware, and dinnerware on display in larder cupboards makes friends and family feel more at home and allows them to assist themselves.
Opt for completely integrated.
Add an integrated larder cupboard that matches the rest of your cabinetry for a seamless aesthetic. This allows you to build floor-to-ceiling portions on each side, which are great for storing cooking oil bottles or (most importantly) your wine collection. No matter the size of your kitchen, built-in larders are a terrific alternative, and to get the most of your design, pull-out racks and drawers will maximize the space while allowing you to view their entire depth. To make the most of your space, consider adding additional shelving to your pantry cupboards at various heights inside so you can readily see each level. Consider including illumination to make the contents easier to see. To create ambience, choose a warm white shine that isn't too bright, and choose for an automatic solution that turns on and off when the door opens and closes.
Make changes to your base units.
If you want the benefits of a pantry storage without totally redesigning your kitchen, pull-out additions are great. You can easily put racks into corner cupboards that aren't being used to their full potential, which is ideal for small kitchens. Many brands let you to customize how you organize your larder, so I recommend deep drawers and a pull-out chopping board for quick access to essentials. But it all relies on your needs and those of your family.
Use a space that already exists.
If you have a smaller kitchen, create a larder cabinet within your existing cabinets. Make sure you have enough storage to keep your ingredients organized. A well-designed unit can be a space-saving solution that works equally well in a smaller kitchen. Choose a sturdy material for the shelf, such as oak, that can support the weight of these goods.
Choose bi-fold doors.
Choose a built-in or freestanding larder cupboards with doors that partially or completely close, allowing you to keep items on display or hide them as needed. This type also saves room by not swinging out as far as typical doors, maximizing usability – for example, if you have a larder cupboard in the corner of your kitchen where an outward-opening design would take up valuable floor space. If you keep bi-fold doors open all the time, you won't have to worry about obstructing any passages.
Turn it off.
A separate pantry provides lots of storage space, while a sliding door adds a modern touch. If you're like me and enjoy entertaining, you could even turn it into a gin room with a little sink for mixing your favorite cocktails – count me in. Choose the same cabinetry and worktops for the larder cupboards as the rest of the kitchen for a consistent look, and install spotlights inside so you can see what's within.
Choose pull-out drawers.
If you have a built-in or floor-to-ceiling pantry closet, divide it in half with drawers and shelving to better arrange napkins, tableware, or silverware. Crates should be stored at the bottom, with cereal, cookbooks, and small appliances stored on the shelves above. Top tip: a marble or granite cold shelf is ideal for items like eggs that don't require refrigeration but benefit from being kept cool.