There are many design elements to include in your handmade kitchen, but how about a larder? The larder has gained popularity in recent years and many homeowners are putting these at the top of their kitchen wish lists. They add extra storage space to the kitchen creating a pantry for breakfast or day.
Open-plan living and kitchen areas continue to be as popular as ever when it comes to home improvements. The evolution of the pocket door is a brilliant solution to creating a clean, uncluttered kitchen design. The kitchen’s functionality can be hidden behind closed doors when not in use. What a great idea!
Our service at Handmade Kitchen Company is truly bespoke, from the design to the manufacturing of the client’s kitchen and furniture. Our designs allow you to be as unique as you would like to fit with your personality as well as your needs for the home.
First of all, what is a pocket door?
You might ask what is a pocket door? Well, a pocket door opens outwards like a normal door, but then glides backwards to be concealed into a pocket – clever! They are fantastic space-savers and can be used to conceal all areas of the kitchen such as workspaces and pantries.
There are many advantages of a pocket door larder design.
- Each of the pocket doors swings open individually without colliding and slides into the cabinet housing inside concealed cavities.
- The pocket door system offers a wide opening that ensures you can easily reach the rearmost portion of each shelf.
- Either door can be left open or both for anything from preparing food, entertaining, breakfast time or all day – it’s up to you.
- Due to it being truly bespoke, it’s up to you how many shelves, if you decide on drawers or no drawers, a wine rack, power outlets and a quartz worktop.
Examples of our pocket door larders and how they have been used in our kitchen designs
A great example of one of our pocket door larders is the one we created in Hadley Wood. There was wasted space in the corner, so the team at HMK designed an easy-access larder, full height with pocket doors. It’s a unique solution to an awkward situation. This design is for a loving family who loves to entertain and has a busy daily schedule. What was needed was a breakfast/day pantry that all family members could access instantly at different parts of the day. The larder would be filled with the kitchen essentials as well as everything to start the day right.
As a multi-functional space we created in this home in Wimbledon, the pocket doors were necessary so that our clients could have a pantry that remained open for extended periods while using the kitchen. They don’t impede on the use of space with the added benefit of creating an additional worktop space within the pantry itself. The microwave, air fryer and coffee machine are kept out of sight yet remain easily accessible. Due to it being completely bespoke, the shelves are fitted at different heights for each item to fit.
Pocket doors are being designed into more homes in recent times due to their clean and uncluttered look. Pantries are becoming a common fixture in the open-plan kitchen, and our client in Potters Bar had to get on the trend. The added benefit of the pocket door system in this kitchen layout allows for uminpeded access to the bank of appliances on one side and the cabinet on the other.
If you have any questions with regards to a pocket door larder and you would like to add this to your design, get in touch with us today, we would love to hear from you.