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Designing the perfect pantry

For practical, 
well-organised food storage, you can't beat an old fashioned larder or pantry. Here's how to design the perfect pantry for your kitchen

Larder in a Pre-loved Mark Wilson Kitchen

Today’s kitchen-living spaces are sociable places used for relaxing, entertaining and even working. As the role of the kitchen has changed, the desire for aesthetically pleasing kitchen storage, that reflects the decor of the rest of the house, has grown. The choice of good-looking, kitchen cabinets – be they for tableware or food – has never been greater, offering an opportunity to introduce a new statement piece of furniture into your home.

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What’s the difference between a pantry and larder?

Pantries and larders were common features in Georgian kitchens – larders were used as an early form of refrigeration to preserve raw meat, while pantries were where non-perishable foods such as jams, grains and flour, together with table linens and silverware, would have been stored. Nowadays, thanks to modern refrigeration, perishable items tend to be stored in the fridge, and ‘larder’ and ‘pantry’ are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing. A walk-in space or separate room, however, is more commonly called a pantry.

Why should I install a pantry or larder?

A pantry or larder is a valuable addition to any kitchen. As open-plan kitchens become more desired – simultaneously doubling up as spaces in which to entertain, relax and even work – the need for a practical area or room in which to store kitchen goods is a must. Simultaneously, it enables the kitchen to function as a living area that is as aesthetically pleasing as any other room in the house.

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Freestanding Pantries

If you have an existing kitchen that you don’t want to change, but would like to have a larder, opt for a freestanding one. Consider buying a highly functional but also thoughtfully designed cupboard with a nod to traditional and practical touches, such as ample shelving, hooks and deep drawers. Consider whether there’s an alcove or nook that lends itself to accommodating it. Otherwise, you could incorporate it into a utility room to free up more space in the kitchen.

Sussex Sage Green Double Larder, £1095, The Cotswold Company – Buy it now

Sussex Sage Green Double Larder

Stow Warm White Grand Triple Larder, £1495, The Cotswold Company – Buy it now

Stow Warm White Grand Triple Larder

Bronx Kitchen Larder Cupboard, £750, Next – Buy it now

Bronx Kitchen Larder Cupboard

Vintage 1950s/60s Tall Wooden Blue & White Kitchenette, £150, Vinterior – Buy it now

Vintage 1950s/60s Tall Wooden Blue & White Kitchenette

New Hampshire Double Mini Larder, £496, The Dormy House – Buy it now

New Hampshire Double Mini Larder

Chester Charcoal Larder, £1295, The Cotswold Company – Buy it now

Chester Charcoal Larder

Bromley Larder Cabinet, £299, MADE – Buy it now

Bromley Larder Cabinet

Ardingly cabinet with oak base and oak stretcher shelf, £1830, Neptune – Buy it now

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The Aga was here when the family moved in. The couple added the shelf above. The blackbird teatowel is one of Sam’s designs and the zinc planter was bought from the Malvern Flea. ‘The kitchen is part of an extension, which was added in the 1960s. The exposed stone wall is actually the original outside wall of the cottage,’ says Sam

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Walk-in Pantries

An advantage of a larder cupboard over standard cupboards is that it usually includes worktop space. This can be used to store everyday appliances like toasters, coffee machines, mixers and blenders – items that you don’t want cluttering up the kitchen.

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Pantry with staged shelving, solid marble cool shelf and limestone floor, from £6,000, Martin Moore

Pantry with staged shelving, solid marble cool shelf and limestone floor

Walk-in pantry with open artisan shelving, quartz worktops and limestone floor, from £15,000, Humphrey Munson

Walk-in pantry with open artisan shelving, quartz worktops and limestone floor

Classic English tongue and groove pantry in Drop Cloth by Farrow & Ball, from £5,000, deVOL

Classic English tongue and groove pantry in Drop Cloth by Farrow & Ball

Pantry with Carrara marble cool shelf, from £6,000, Martin Moore

Pantry with Carrara marble cool shelf
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Integrated Pantries and Larders

Consider building a larder into your kitchen cabinetry for a seamless design.

Integrated larder in Lithodora from the Hartford kitchen, from £20,000, Tom Howley

Integrated larder in Lithodora from the Hartford kitchen

Counter-top larder with pocket doors painted in Studio Green by Farrow & Ball, from £45,000, Blakes London

Counter-top larder with pocket doors painted in Studio Green by Farrow & Ball

Larder in a pre-loved Mark Wilson kitchen, prices vary, Used Kitchen Exchange

Larder in a pre-loved Mark Wilson kitchen

Larder cupboard in a teal Arbor kitchen, from £25,000, Harvey Jones

Larder cupboard in a teal Arbor kitchen
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Larder Storage and Accessories

Once you’ve finally sorted out the blueprint of your larder, it’s time to get organising. Storage baskets are great to use for fresh produce, clear containers for dry goods, and racks are used to keep your pots and pans tidy. You can even opt for custom labels to keep the organised flow going and its a great way to ensure that you refill the right containers with the right products!

Steel Lazy Susans Organiser, £13.59, Amazon – Buy it now

Steel Lazy Susans Organiser

Round Wire Storage Basket, £18.50, Willow and Stone – Buy it now

Round Wire Storage Basket

Glass Kitchen Storage Jars, £9+, Etsy UK – Buy it now

Glass Kitchen Storage Jars

Yidata Kitchen Countertop Cupboard Organiser, £13.59, Amazon – Buy it now

Yidata Kitchen Countertop Cupboard Organiser

Set of 3 Malvern Storage Baskets, £25, Next – Buy it now

Set of 3 Malvern Storage Baskets

Bronx Plate Rack, £18, Next – Buy it now

Bronx Plate Rack

5 Tiered Pan Organiser, £8.29, Maison & White – Buy it now

5 Tiered Pan Organiser

Glass and Wood Spice Rack, £25.99, Zara – Buy it now

Glass and Wood Spice Rack

KitchenCraft Natural Elements Glass Storage Jar with Lid and Chalkboard Label, £12.71, Amazon – Buy it now

KitchenCraft Natural Elements Glass Storage Jar with Lid and Chalkboard Label

Small wirework egg basket in Carbon, £18, Garden Trading – Buy it now

Small wirework egg basket in Carbon

Classico stackable pantry basket with label holder, £16, The Store – Buy it now

Classico stackable pantry basket with label holder

Set of two fish storage tins, £6.95, Rex London – Buy it now

Set of two fish storage tins

Natural Elements acacia wood egg rack, £18.79, Amazon – Buy it now

Natural Elements acacia wood egg rack