The kitchen is one of the most important places in the house. It’s where meals are made, where many of us start and end our days, and it’s one of the most used rooms in the house. If space allows, it’s no wonder homeowners want to add a little extra functionality to their kitchen design. One of the latest trends that design and home professionals are noticing in kitchen design is the prep kitchen.
The concept of having a secondary workspace in the kitchen is not new. In the 19th century, wealthy British and American households were regularly equipped with butler’s pantries (a term still used today) used to store silverware, china, crockery, and other kitchen utensils. I was there.
Today, prep kitchens, also known as prep pantries, are becoming increasingly popular. This modern alternative to the butler’s pantry is no longer just for the wealthiest (though it does require a home with some extra space). They are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners of all kinds who enjoy regular entertainment or simply want to store money. The kitchen is clean.
What is a prep kitchen?
A prep kitchen (also known as a prep pantry) is a separate auxiliary space connected to the main kitchen and designated solely for food preparation. Like a regular pantry, a prep kitchen is used to store food, but it also usually has ample counter space, shelves, and sometimes appliances such as a dishwasher, stove, coffee maker, and microwave. It contains.
So what’s the difference between a butler’s pantry and a prep kitchen or pantry? Both are additional rooms in the kitchen designed for storage and preparation, but a modern butler’s pantry is designed to store glassware and barware. is stored and is often a small walk-through area or hallway leading to the dining room. The butler’s pantry is primarily used as a place to prepare drinks or prepare food before serving, and may also have a little counter space, along with a bar sink, beverage/wine refrigerator, etc. In contrast, prep kitchens are larger and can be used to prepare and prepare all kinds of meals without getting in the way of other activities that may take place in a modern kitchen or open-concept space, such as homework, working from home, or entertaining. Designed to support your daily kitchen tasks. , more.
Prep kitchen features
“Today, prep pantries are appealing to people who entertain frequently because they want to keep clutter out of the main kitchen,” says Melissa Gouni, a professional organizer and pantry expert. .
Anyone who hosts regularly knows that no matter what you do, your guests will always gather in the kitchen at some point, even if you have a non-open concept floor plan. After all, the kitchen is the natural center of the house. So having a separate space where you can easily prepare food and drinks while keeping your kitchen looking great is an attractive option.
A prep kitchen is useful in some homes even when you’re not entertaining.
“Large families also like it because it avoids kitchen clutter. I designed a prep pantry with customized bottom drawers and cabinets for kids’ snacks and easy-to-grasp items. ,” says Gugni.
What to include in a prep kitchen
According to Gugni, a good prep kitchen is one that is customized to the homeowner’s needs and lifestyle.
“For entertaining, a refrigerator, ice maker, wine fridge, oven, and dishwasher are ideal,” she says. “For a family, blenders, toasters, coffee makers/grinders, baby food makers, bottle warmers, and other appliances (especially the ones that don’t look great) fit perfectly.”
At a minimum, most prep kitchens should have enough counter space to easily prepare food, a sink, and plenty of storage space. Gouni also recommends integrating dry goods storage into the prep kitchen. “I like to have open shelving along one wall to hold jars of grains, beans, and spices because it’s practical but also very aesthetically pleasing,” she says.