Shopping edit – best larder cupboards for the ultimate in kitchen organization

Perfectly stacked shelves and supplies at your fingertips, a kitchen larder is the ultimate in organisation

Larders have almost overtaken the kitchen island as being top of people’s kitchen wish lists. If you can make room for a beautifully designed larder cabinet – be it slim, or cavernous and double-doored – then it’s a worthwhile investment.

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Look out for larders that make the most of all the available space, but that also offer storage in different forms. This could be adjustable shelving in the body of the cabinet, or drawers beneath. Shelving racks on the inside of the doors and cubby drawers for storing rice and pasta are also handy. As are vegetable baskets.

Neptune larder in dusty pink with doors open and shelves filled with kitchen items next to complementary cupboard units in a kitchen

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Traditionally a larder was a cool room off the kitchen. Here, foods such as butter, cheese, milk and meat were kept at low temperatures, in a time before refrigerators. The word “larder” references the lard that covered raw meat to preserve it.

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Larders were often built into external walls, on the north or western sides of the house. Here, they were less exposed to the sun and remained cooler.

close up image of a pastel green larder in a kitchen filled with kitchen items

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Today, shelving and work surfaces used in contemporary larder cupboards are often made of stone or marble or slate. Both have great cooling properties.

Aside from the practicalities, a larder cupboard can be a fabulous design feature. They are available in an increasing variety of colours.

If you've dreamed of painting your kitchen cabinetry in a daring shade but are not ready to take the plunge, it can be a good idea to choose a larder in that colour as a statement piece.

cream coloured kitchen larder full of kitchen items in a spacious kitchen with grey walls

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Externally, they can blend in beautifully with your other cabinets. But open them up, and neatly designed with multiple shelves and drawers, you’ll find all you need with which to season, spice and cook.

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Our pick of the best larder cupboards incorporates solutions for any kitchen or utility space. From a narrow design from the Cotswold Company, to a larder on wheels by Maisons Du Monde, you'll find something to fill any storage gap.

Maisons Du Monde farmers solid mango wood larder with one door and drawer open

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1. Maisons Du Monde Farmers solid mango wood larder


Dimensions: H183 x W98 x D50cm

In rough-sawn timber with an aged, upcycled finish, this larder comes on castors for easy movement.

Farmers solid mango wood larder, £1,298, Maisons Du Monde

Neptune larder in dusty pink with doors open and empty shelves

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2. Neptune Suffolk larder


Dimensions: H216 x W110 x D56cm

Choose your shade in this hand-painted range, which features door racks for herbs and spices, and six cubby drawers aside from the two wide drawers at the base. 

Suffolk 110cm larder, £3,250, Neptune

The Cotswold Company Westcote Blue narrow larder with doors open and empty shelves

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3. The Cotswold Company Westcote Blue narrow larder


Dimensions: H186.5cm x W74.5cm x D59.5cm

A slimline style for a smaller kitchen, but still packing a punch storage-wise with drawers, bottle rack, shelves and cubbies inside.

Westcote Blue narrow larder, £799, The Cotswold Company

Marks & Spencer Padstow larder in putty with doors open and empty shelves

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4. Marks & Spencer Padstow larder in putty


Dimensions: H209cm x W127.5cm x D64cm

In painted putty with contrast oak fittings that include shelves, racks, hooks and drawers in assorted sizes.

Padstow larder in putty, £1799, Marks & Spencer Newbury oak larder open with an assortment of kitchen items on the shelves

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5. Newbury oak larder


Dimensions: H175cm x W110cm x D45cm

Multiple drawers, shelves and racks inside, but it’s the lovely decorative woven panels on the doors that really set it off.

Newbury oak larder, £749,

Loaf Super Sucre larder made from reclaimed timber and shuttered doors

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6. Loaf Super Sucre larder


Dimensions: H185 x W108 x D50cm

This larder oozes French chic. Reclaimed timber, shuttered doors and a weathered finish give off a Provencal vibe.

Super Sucre larder, £1,145, Loaf

Dunelm Wilby cream larder unit with four woven seagrass baskets at the bottom

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7. Dunelm Wilby cream larder unit


Dimensions: H185 x W95 x D50cm

Woven seagrass baskets give fruit and veg plenty of ventilation in this country classic in a versatile cream finish.

Wilby Cream larder unit, £599, Dunelm

Lisa Fazzani
Deputy Editor

Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.