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.

Butler's Pantry Butler's Pantry

Double Dresser Sizes

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.

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.

Wooden door spice racks

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 £220 each, plus vat.

The door racks need to be added as a special request for the dresser unit. This can be done through our sales team, once you have the double dresser unit in your shopping cart.

The racks are not pre fitted. When fitting the door racks, the shelves need to have 100mm cut off the back of them to allow the doors to close.

The dimensions of the door spice racks used in the Butler’s pantry (double dresser) that is 1000mm wide are (H)1050 x (W)360 x (D)100.Wooden door spice racks are now available in 3 sizes:
  • For 800mm double dresser – (H)1050 x (W)260 x (D)100
  • For 900mm – double dresser – (H)1050 x (W)310 x (D)100
  • For 1000mm – double dresser – (H)1050 x (W)360 x (D)100

Please note: These door spice racks will not fit in other units, that have a fixed shelf. If you were looking to get creative and use them in a different unit then the intended unit would need to be requested as ‘dry assembled’, so that you could modify the fixed shelf.

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

Update 10/05/24 – We can now supply double dresser units 1210mm & 1390mm high for our shaker kitchen styles! You can see these double dresser units here. These units come with a fixed shelf in the centre.

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.

Remember, if you want to use door spice racks, then you need to cut off 100mm from the backs of the shelves, to allow the doors to close. If you are not using spice racks then you can leave the shelves as is.

800mm Mid Height Unit - 560mm Deep (HB8)
800mm Mid Height Unit – 560mm Deep (HB8 has been used in this example. Ref:3138)
Mid Height Unit
1000mm Mid Height Unit – Depth cut to match alcove (HB10 has been used in this example. Ref:3144)

Butler’s pantry examples

Here are some examples of how our customers have used Butler’s pantries in their own kitchens.

Butler's Pantry 3540

Butlers Pantry 3500


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48 thoughts on “How to make a Butler’s pantry”
  • sophia says:

    Hi looking to create a larder style look with three 800mm Larder Unit – 1425mm Top Door – 2150 High – Split Doors Smallest Door To Bottom, can I order spice racks for these? I know I will have to adapt shelves?

    May 30, 2024 at 5:40 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Sophia, we can supply the Spice Racks for the 800mm Larder Units – You would just need to send us your shopping basket or add a note to your design to request these. They’re £220+vat per rack.

      June 3, 2024 at 7:18 am
  • Salmah says:

    Hi – can you create a bi-folding door with the butler pantry?

    May 20, 2024 at 11:17 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Salmah, we do not provide a door system to do this on our double dressers/butler’s pantry i’m afraid. If you are ordering lay on doors rather than inframe then your installer may be able to source the fittings and amend the doors to work as bi-folding doors.

      May 21, 2024 at 9:53 am
  • sylwiiis says:

    Hello, i am looking into making the pantry in handleless range, however there is no dressing units available for this style. Is there any other solution? I have found the tall unit 1000 wide but not sure if I can put worktop inside

    May 11, 2024 at 10:33 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the only solution is to use a mid-height base unit as mentioned in the article above.

      May 13, 2024 at 3:42 pm
  • Roz Apperley says:

    Hi There,

    I am currently designing my kitchen using the Hemsley Bespoke range, I have not been able to create this yet as I can’t find the relevant units. Can you confirm the names of all the units I will need and the area they are located in on your site please?

    May 5, 2024 at 4:36 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Roz, you will need a double dresser unit for the top part and a unit of the same width below the worktop. This page shows you the double dresser units. You will just need to choose an inframe kitchen from the style selector at the top of the website first.

      May 7, 2024 at 3:59 pm
  • A says:

    Hoping to have microwave in the 800 dresser. Are the doors with spice rack able to stay open while in use? With the door rack, is there enough depth for a standard microwave? Thanks

    May 3, 2024 at 10:06 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, when fitting the door racks, the shelves need to have 100mm cut off the back of them to allow the doors to close. The shelves would then be 333mm deep, so the microwave would need to be 310mm deep or less really. If it is a Free Standing Microwave, it won’t need ventilation to the back of the unit, But if it isn’t, then it will require ventilation to the back of the unit, e.g the back will need to be removed or cut into.

      May 7, 2024 at 3:49 pm
  • Holly says:

    Hi, if I want to achieve the look in the last still photo example of a mid-height base unit being used (captioned: 1000mm Mid Height Unit – Depth cut to match alcove (HB10 has been used in this example. Ref:3144), where there is a visible base to the unit between the bottom of the doors and the worktop, is this achieved with an additional filler or pelmet piece? If so is a secondary piece required to support the unit at the back edge too? Thank you.

    January 22, 2024 at 2:06 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Holly, yes, there is an 18mm filler piece at the front of this unit. A piece of wood can be used to support the rest of the unit as the side will be concealed by a panel. Alternatively, you can use a full panel if preferred (however, this will be more pricey).

      January 23, 2024 at 3:38 pm
  • Philippa says:

    Is there a way to create this look with bifolding doors across a 1000m dresser unit in Norton? I can’t see a dresser unit with non-glazed doors but was wondering about using the open dresser unit and buying doors separately to attach with bifold hinges. Is it possible to buy doors separately and would this work?

    January 28, 2023 at 11:09 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the only bi-fold doors we supply are top hung bi-fold doors. These wouldn’t be suitable for a worktop dresser and we don’t have the bi-fold door sizes available for the worktop dresser units.

      Depending on the kitchen range you are looking to purchase, We may be able to offer a solid door on the unit, however there would be a £100 + vat surcharge for this. In order to be able to say whether this is possible or not, we would need to know the kitchen range and which height worktop dresser you’re looking to purchase. You can contact the sales team on 01977 608 418 for more information on this.

      January 31, 2023 at 6:35 am
  • Meg says:

    I could not see any examples of free standing pantry’s, is it possible to create a free standing one? We would like ours on the wall opposite to the rest of the kitchen.

    November 11, 2022 at 8:23 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, we do not sell freestanding units I’m afraid. If you wanted to make a unit appear freestanding, then you would need an end panel on either side of it and plinth across the front.

      November 11, 2022 at 11:59 am
  • anita galezewska says:

    hi does the worktop pantry line up with the 720mm wall units or the 900mm?

    March 31, 2022 at 6:05 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the double worktop dresser units are 1210mm high and are intended to be used with 1970mm high tall units. Worktop dresser height

      April 1, 2022 at 11:47 am
  • Frances says:

    Pantry racks- 100mm deep, but how wide. Do they fit within a 450 door?

    March 13, 2022 at 3:32 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the door spice racks are H1050 x W360 x D100mm. Therefore they’re only suitable for the 1000mm dresser units.

      March 14, 2022 at 6:28 am
  • 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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