Mudroom dilemma: Butler's Pantry or Bench?
We have a dilemma on how to use the space in mudroom. We have a mudroom off the garage, which connects the kitchen, backyard and garage in our new home. It is a narrow but longer room, about 12' by 5'.
On the end closer to kitchen, there are three door/doorway: door to garage, door to backyard patio, doorway to kitchen. Then on the far end, there is a half bath and a decent size coat closet (Attached photo shows the view from kitchen into mudroom ).
After reserving the hallway space between kitchen and the half bath, we have a workable space about 8' by 2'. Since the kitchen is not huge(10' by 15'), we were thinking a butler's pantry to add more storage(putting base and wall cabinets, and then countertop).
If we put 3 units of cabinets, it would take about 6', and leaves only 2', which is a small space for a bench. If we put only 2 units of cabinets, it would take 4' - 5', which leaves at least 3' for a decent size bench.
A butler's pantry with 3 units would be much more pleasing aesthetically(see the attached design), but a larger bench in mudroom seems provide more practical use.
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