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In any size kitchen, a kitchen larder cupboard may be a tremendous space saver. Their popularity began in the Victorian era, and they have recently resurfaced in contemporary kitchens.

In this tutorial, we'll look at how to incorporate a larder into your kitchen, as well as recommendations on how to choose the ideal pantry layout for your lifestyle and a design that complements your kitchen's aesthetic.

What exactly is a larder?

A kitchen larder cupboard is traditionally a cool space where food can be stored at lower temperatures. The term 'larder' stems from the fact that they were originally used to hold raw meat that was smeared with lard to keep it fresh. Milk, butter, bread, pastry, cooked meats, and just about any other form of food can now be stored in a larder.

Is there a distinction between a pantry cupboard and a larder cupboard?

A pantry can keep food as well as other necessities such as tablecloths, silverware, and dishes, but a kitchen larder is a cooler room that can be used to store food that only lasts in cold conditions.

Kitchen larder cupboard size and space

A larder used to be a huge free-standing unit or a small chamber within the kitchen. This form of larder is ideal for people with a spacious kitchen and a preference for traditional design. If your kitchen does not already have a separate larder, a standalone unit is an alternative to consider.

Storage is commonly provided in the form of shelving and drawers hidden behind a set of double doors in free-standing larder units. In contrast, kitchen larder rooms are often made comprised of shelves that runs from the floor to the ceiling of the room, providing ample space for large quantities of ingredients and appliances.

There are contemporary choices if you don't have enough space for a freestanding kitchen larder cupboard – or if you prefer modern style to traditional.

Pull-out larder storage integrates with the overall design and appears to be a regular cabinet at first glance. The larder cupboards slides out to show its contents once it is opened, providing significantly more storage capacity than a normal cupboard or drawer.

These can be found in nearly any size or height, with floor-to-ceiling larders and floor-to-worktop height cabinets being particularly popular.

Internal organization

The versatility of kitchen larder cupboards is one of their key features. To accommodate your products, the inside layout can be tailored around how you'll use the units.

Think about what you'll put in your larder cupboard. Is this inclusive of food, spices, cutlery, crockery, and appliances? If that's the case, you'll need to think about the height you want each item to be stored at, as well as the size of each item.

Food mixers, pans, and crockery, which are heavy and unwieldy, should be kept near the bottom of the larder. Then you'll want to make a spot for regularly used items like spices, canned goods, and packaged meals.

Finally, items that aren't used as regularly as others, such as baking supplies, could be stored near the top — easily accessible but out of the way.

Always keep in mind the amount of space you'll need between each shelf.

Dedicated shelves for individual products can also be seen in modern kitchen larders. Would a specialized spice rack, for example, be the best option for you? If that's the case, consider if you can include a shelf just for herbs.

Colour scheme and design

All you have to do now is think about how it will fit into your overall design once you've decided on the type of larder cupboard unit you'll have and the appropriate size for your kitchen.

You can choose to make it blend in by using the same material for the door in the same colour as the rest of the kitchen and using the same handle. This is especially true in modern or gloss kitchens, where the style is often sleek and simple.

A wooden larder cupboard will look great in a traditional or rustic kitchen. Natural materials such as oak and walnut, as well as colours of cream, are eye-catching. This style works nicely with the Shaker design, or a flat finish in a soft, subdued tone will look lovely.

A piece of the kitchen larder cupboard with glass panes can easily be added to display some of the products and equipment stored.

Alternatively, you can use a bold colour to make your pantry a major point in the space. Against a cream backdrop, aubergine appears spectacular, while drawing room green or country sage green is a modest but stunning choice.

Cup or bow handles are a great choice for kitchen door handles. A handlebar is a terrific choice for something more modern (and sometimes more practical), and you can install two short handles or one long handle.

Larder cupboard storage units are a fantastic addition to almost any kitchen. A larder can revolutionize your kitchen – and your culinary process – with a little forethought. Make an appointment to visit your nearest Wren store or use our online kitchen planner to discover how you can incorporate a kitchen larder into your house.


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