How to make a Butler’s pantry


We don’t sell a Butler’s Pantry as such on our website but you can create the look very easily with a double dresser unit and 2 door racks. Our double dresser units that allow you to create the Butler’s pantry, are now only available in our inframe kitchen styles. The example below, shows a Harewood double dresser/Butler’s pantry kitchen unit on display in our showroom.

Butlers pantry closed kitchen showroom example

Butlers pantry open kitchen showroom example

If you require the wooden door racks that are positioned on the inside of the doors, to create the Butler’s pantry then these are available and are £200.00 each, plus vat. The door racks need to be added as a special request for this unit. This can be done through our sales team, once you have the double dresser unit in your shopping cart.

Sizes available

We supply the double dresser units in the following sizes:

  • 800mm, 900mm and 1000mm wide and 1210mm high
  • We also offer shallow depth 300mm or 560mm deep double dresser units

Double dresser units to create a butler's pantry

300mm deep double dresser units would line up with your wall units. The 560mm deep units would line up with the front of your base units, just like in the 1st image on this page, above.

Can I create this look in other non-inframe kitchen ranges?

To create a similar look, some people do use our mid-height base units and remove the legs on site, to allow the unit to be positioned onto the worktop. But, this unit will sit slightly higher than the rest of the tall units, as mid-height units are 1250mm high, not 1210mm or 1390mm high, as a dresser unit would be. Door racks are also available for mid-sized units.

Here is a link to the dresser unit page, if you need anymore information on these double dresser units, to allow you to create a Butler’s pantry.


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28 thoughts on “How to make a Butler’s pantry”
  • Laura says:

    I can see above that you have to cut the shelves back in order to fit the spice racks on the doors and to be able to close the dresser doors. However I also see above that you mention one of the shelves is fixed in place and can’t be removed so how are you able to cut this particular shelf down?

    October 3, 2021 at 10:35 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the unit is now manufactured with no fixed shelf. It comes with 3 adjustable shelves. However, if you would feel better about the dresser coming dry assembled (not glued), you can request this when placing an order with us.

      October 6, 2021 at 2:51 pm
  • Ben says:

    Could you let me know how to achieve the linked to affect? I understand it’s a DIY kitchen

    We love how the doors foldaway but don’t know how to achieve the look. Thank you!

    February 15, 2021 at 4:51 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, i’m afraid this is not a unit that we sell. Sorry about that.

      February 16, 2021 at 6:51 am
  • Beth says:

    I’m looking to create a Butlers Pantry but wondering if the racks can fit into the 300mm deep dresser unit or do they only work on 560mm deep dresser?

    February 6, 2021 at 6:11 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      The spice racks are 100mm deep so they will fit within a 300mm deep dresser unit, the fitter will just need to trim the shelves down that are in the unit on site, to accommodate this though.

      February 8, 2021 at 11:43 am
  • Jo says:

    Hi, I’d like to create a Butlers Pantry and have tried following the instructions on your planner. However no double dresser unit is showing in the planner. Is the option still available? If not, how do you suggest I create this look? Thanks

    January 19, 2021 at 8:02 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the planner is still in Beta testing at the moment and not all units are available in the planner yet. You would need to add this item to your shopping cart at the end. The available double dresser units are shown on our main site here. If you need any more assistance on this then our sales team will be able to help on 01977 608 418 (M-F, 9-5)

      January 20, 2021 at 6:30 am
  • Joanne Clunie says:

    How do you secure the racks to the doors please?

    January 14, 2021 at 2:58 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the racks are supplied separately and need attaching to the unit by screwing the rack to the back of the door. If you need any more advice on this then our sales team will be able to help on 01977 608 418.

      January 14, 2021 at 3:32 pm
  • yousuf mulla says:

    for a 500mm dresser, can we have non-glass doors, if not can we have frosted glass on the doors

    December 17, 2020 at 1:27 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the worktop dresser units are glazed, there is no option for unglazed or frosted glass.

      January 12, 2021 at 9:46 am
  • Lucy Penn says:

    If I wanted to add a third-party spice rack to the inside of a 500mm larder unit door, would the shelves (as fitted standard) allow for the door to close? The unit I am looking at is 1000mm High, 400mm wide and Minimum internal cabinet depth required is 92mm.

    Many thanks!

    December 14, 2020 at 2:35 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Lucy, the shelves will not allow for spice racks to be fitted to the doors, the shelves will need to be cut down on site and reduced to accommodate for the spice racks.

      December 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm
      • Lucy Penn says:

        Thanks, I had suspected as much.

        If the unit is supplied pre-built can you advise whether there is a ‘immoveable’ shelf somewhere which cannot be removed (to be cut down) due to structural reasons?
        Also if we cut down the shelves, would we also need to drill new holes in the cabinet to place the shelf supports? Many thanks.

        December 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi, there is a fixed shelf installed 720mm from the top of the cabinet. The shelves may need new holes drilling however this depends on how much material is removed.

        December 16, 2020 at 10:01 am
  • Sam says:

    Hiya, I’m looking to create a pantry effect too, but don’t think the planner can understand what I’m doing. I read your advice guide and am wondering if it’s possible to use a 1200 base unit, with two 600 mid height units on top to create the pantry effect. I was thinking of using 460 depth base units with 300 depth on top as i dont want it to be 600 deep. Do you think that would work?

    I also would like to do the same as an above post and remove the bottom panel of the midheight units to use the worksurface for prepping food, would there be adequate support if I take it off and put it back on a bit higher up, around 200mm from the bottom?

    April 29, 2020 at 8:27 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Sam, we would not recommend taking the bottom of a unit out, as it would lose it’s rigidity. The Mid-height units are 1250mm high, the total height, when sat on top of the Worktop would come to 2160mm (with a 40mm deep worktop). This height does not line up with our other units which sit at either 2120mm or 2300mm. The Base of the Mid-height Units are predrilled and fitted with leg bosses. Removing these can cause damage to the Melamine finish of the panel. Due to this, the bases may not be suitable to refit as a fixed shelf. However, you are able to order additional full width Shelves, which you could fix in place to support the sides of the unit.

      If you would like to discuss various other options that we can offer, our experienced Product Advisors are available to talk to on 01977 608418 Monday to Friday, 8am – 10pm, Saturday, 9am – 6pm, Sunday, 10am – 8pm

      May 1, 2020 at 6:13 am
  • Michelle says:


    What is the depth of these door racks please? Do they fit in the larder units too ?

    April 28, 2020 at 2:09 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the door racks are 100mm deep externally, so shelves would need cutting back if placing into a larder.

      April 28, 2020 at 8:04 pm
      • Michelle says:

        Do the shelves in the larder units come to the edge of the cabinet then ?

        April 28, 2020 at 8:37 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi, there is about a 10mm gap.

        April 30, 2020 at 9:30 am
  • Stewart says:

    I prefer the In Frame design, but am I right in thinking you cannot spec up to 2150mm, with 575mm wall units?

    March 2, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Stewart, 575mm high wall units are not available in the inframe styles i’m afraid.

      March 2, 2020 at 2:17 pm
  • Martin Blood says:

    Would the doors need the hinges upgrading with the extra weight from the door racks and of course the items that would be loaded into them?

    February 25, 2020 at 10:03 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Martin, the doors don’t need any different hinges as there are 3 hinges on each door. The weight tolerance is 10kg per shelf.

      February 27, 2020 at 6:12 am
  • Sarah F says:

    We want to make a butler pantry, if you order a double dresser unit dry assembled are you able to take out the bottom of the unit to expose the worktop it sits on underneath?

    January 21, 2020 at 1:31 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Sarah, we don’t recommend this but you can do this by ordering the unit dry assembled and removing this onsite. However, we would recommend that you add additional adequate support for the back of the unit, as by removing the bottom panel, you are reducing a lot of the support for the unit.

      January 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm
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