What is a larder cupboard?

A larder cupboard or pantry cupboard is a large full-height kitchen storage unit that is dedicated to storing kitchen ingredients. A larder or pantry may be freestanding, a standalone part of the kitchen cabinetry, or may be fitted alongside a range of other cupboards. 

Why choose a larder cupboard?

Larders and similar kitchen storage are seeing a massive revival in kitchen design. Clever kitchen storage is key, to fit the way we are all shopping, cooking and living now. Shopping habits have changed during the pandemic. Consumers are trying to shop less frequently and are doing more advanced meal planning. The result is more food to store in a typical kitchen and a demand for better storage as well as a better overview of food supplies.

Alongside new shopping habits, there has been a growth in home cooking and baking. No-one forgets the flour and yeast shortage of the first pandemic lockdown! There has also been an increase in home produce and sustainable eating. Good storage is key for storing ingredients for batch cooking. It is also vital for storing your finished supply of homemade jams, pickles and preserves.

freestanding kitchen larder cupboard
freestanding kitchen larder cupboard

A larder cupboard: kitchen storage perfect for a modern kitchen

A larder or pantry cabinet evokes a traditional feel to your kitchen. Decades ago, a larder was the cornerstone of any kitchen. It was often an adjoining room, with storage for dried goods and a meshed off area to keep dairy and meat cool and safe.

As fridge freezers became more widespread in the earlier half of the 1900s, the larder was phased out, seen as being “old fashioned”. But things have changed and the larder is now seen as a must for a new kitchen.

Maximise storage in a smaller kitchen

You don’t need a massive kitchen to incorporate a larder. Many of our clients with a compact kitchen are asking us to include a larder in their new space.

Building one into the design of your smaller kitchen is definitely worth considering  – it can be a very efficient use of space.  

Essentially, a small larder has exactly the same footprint as a base cabinet. It takes up no more floor space, but it has the potential to run from floor to ceiling. 

The Blum Space tower is a modern take on an integrated larder but really maximises the space. We install these regularly to give our clients some serious storage.

Tucked neatly into a compact space, the pull-out drawers allow you to get to the back of each unit and use every centimetre.

Each drawer holds up to 70kg of contents so you can store as many tins and jars in as you need without worrying.

compact space tower in bespoke larder unit

Which larder cupboard to choose: integrated or freestanding?

Give some thought as to whether you want the larder to flow seamlessly into the rest of your kitchen with a more integrated approach. Or maybe you’re looking for a more freestanding look and feel.

Choosing to go integrated will give you more flexibility if you’re looking to incorporate lighting or electrical appliances into your unit.

Housing a microwave inside your larder is a neat storage solution for something you don’t use frequently. Tucking it away out of sight gives your kitchen cleaner lines and frees up space on the work surface. We plan the electrical feed when we design the details of a larder internally so that it will always work seamlessly in your kitchen.

If you opt for a freestanding approach, then you can have the larder cupboard painted the same colour as the rest of the kitchen, to match.

Inside a larder cupboard

Organising the internal space of your kitchen larder cupboard is an important part of kitchen efficiency. 

A well-designed larder combines a good array of storage and an instant overview of all your dried supplies.

Locating spice racks on the insides of the cupboard doors can be a really useful feature. It gives instant access to those ingredients you use most often.

Internal larder layout

The layout of the interior of the larder, and the choice of drawers and pull-outs will depend on what you intend to keep in it and what type of a cook you are.

Some clients opt for drawers, others for baskets. We can advise you on what you might want to consider if you need a few helpful suggestions.

Good storage is an essential part of any kitchen, and considering it properly at the design stage is key to getting it right for you.

If the kitchen functions well, it will be a joy to be in for many years.

Bespoke larders 

This bespoke larder cupboard was designed to fit in the alcove recess of the adjoining dining space. Our clients wanted it to match the existing original cupboard in the opposite alcove. 

Having carefully replicated the original style, we created a brand new storage cupboard and integrated a set of heavy-duty drawers.

Each drawer holds up to 70kg of contents – so you can be confident it is built to last.

We painted the cupboard fronts to match and gave them all new handles. 

Choosing the right larder cupboard for you

Choosing the right larder cupboard for you is important to make your kitchen function well.

We have given you a good overview of different larder options, looking at various approaches to achieving excellent kitchen storage and potential ideas for your new kitchen design. 

All of the larders above were custom designed for our clients to meet their specific needs.

Whether your new kitchen is large or small, there is a larder option to suit you and your space. An individual approach is best for finding the storage solution that fits you and the way you use a kitchen.

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