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Why Wooden Breadbins are Great

Updated on April 3, 2017
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Arthur strives to balance aesthetics, functionality, and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden.

The Natural Good Look of Wood in the Kitchen

To me, the natural look and beauty of wood enhance any room, especially the kitchen. Therefore when we decided to renovate the kitchen a wooden breadbin was the natural choice material.

Thus as I started on my quest to remodel my kitchen, so started my guest to find the perfect wooden breadbin to be the centre piece for the larder; albeit, although I’d done a rough sketch, at that moment I hadn’t yet built the larder. The breadbin would be instrumental in determining the precise width of the new larder, so that it would be snug fit.

Here in this article I share with you my journey to finding the best wooden breadbins that does justice to any well deserving kitchen.

J.K. Adams 15-1/4-Inch-by-9-1/2-Inch Hickory Wood Bread Box
J.K. Adams 15-1/4-Inch-by-9-1/2-Inch Hickory Wood Bread Box
Handcrafted Hickory wood breadbin, with plywood base; very similar to the breadbin featured in this article and highly recommended. I know some will shun at the idea of using any plywood in good furniture but these days quality plywood is a respectable material, and not cheap. It is far superior to the box wood used years ago in furniture. For building quality furniture plywood is second to pine and oak for my choice material; the kitchen larder featured in this article is plywood built with pine doors and drawers.

Finding the Perfect Breadbin

Remodelling The Larder to Fit The Breadbin

My quest started when we decided to renovate our old kitchen. The kitchen hadn't been touched since we moved in, it was old and tatty and needed a full makeover but we left it too last (renovating the rest of the house first) because it would be the most expensive room to renovate and we wanted to get it right.

When it became time to renovate the kitchen we gutted the whole lot and started from scratch. First with the building work, relocating and replacing the radiator with a new one to fit under a kitchen cupboard to save space, relocated and replaced the backdoor to the side of the kitchen to make better use of space and dismantled the four foot wide archway leading from the dining room to the kitchen to fit a smaller doorway and larder in the space provided. As an avid DIY enthusiast I did all the demolishing and rebuilding work myself, including the design and installation of the new kitchen cupboards which saved 1000s ($1000) in labour costs; the only professional I paid for was the plumber for installing the new plinth radiator as pipework isn't my forte, although I redid all the plumbing and waste pipes for the appliances e.g. washing machine, dishwasher and double sink.

A Larder fit for a Breadbin
A Larder fit for a Breadbin

Designing the Larder Around the Breadbin

For the purpose of the breadbin the larder, yet to be designed and built was key. Previously we didn't have a proper breadbin the bread was either left out on the kitchen worktop or in the fridge. While gutting the kitchen we started looking for items, such as breadbins, to go into the new kitchen. It was while we were shopping around that I spotted the wooden breadbin (picture above) which I instantly knew would be perfect for the kitchen, and I also knew the perfect home for it would be the yet to be designed and built larder; so making the larder wide enough to fit the breadbin was a key factor in my design.

A friend of mine who gave a hand with some of the heavy work thought I was crazy designing a larder to fit a breadbin but I only had about 18 inches to play with for the width of the larder and the breadbin I chosen wasn't that much smaller so getting the dimensions right was critical. As well as fitting the new larder in I also needed to leave sufficient width for access to the dining room in the space that was previously a four foot wide archway.

As well as the breadbin we also found caddies to match for tea, coffee and sugar; made with the same wood as the breadbin and conveniently the right size to sit on top. Therefore, as part of my design I included sufficient height as well as width in the larder cupboard for the breadbin with caddies on top comfortably fit and to be useable e.g. sufficient space above the caddy to naturally lift it out when needed without it hitting the shelf above.

The built in larder's design is based on a 1950s freestanding larder that belonged to my grandparents which I inherited. In my design I was even able to incorporate the glass and enamel breadboard from the original 1950s freestanding larder into my new built in larder.

Breadbin in the Kitchen Larder
Breadbin in the Kitchen Larder

What I Like About Wooden Breadbins

A Taste for the Natural

We've had tin and plastic breadbins in the past but none of them were durable, they soon became tatty, the plastic scratching, the tin easily dented. All were difficult to keep clean and as good as new and none seem to keep the bread fresh for long.

With wood it's a natural product, it's durable, it's easy to keep clean and it keeps the bread fresher for longer; and above all wood looks good in a kitchen.

What I particular like about the breadbin we bought for our kitchen it that it is wide, so you can get more than one loaf in it; you can get a load inside with a few bread buns or bread rolls to one side. I also like that fact that the flap when it's down acts as a natural shelf which can be handy at times when you pull the bread out and making sandwiches.

The other factor I love about our breadbin is that the top of it acts a natural large storage area for other items; in our case the three matching caddies for the tea, coffee and sugar.

WMF Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bread Box
WMF Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bread Box
Large breadbin with viewing window in door making this bread box a rather unusual and unique feature.

Why Stop With One Wooden Breadbin

Why Not Have Two Breadbins

Recently friends of ours had a good clear out when moving home and in the process decided to discard a lot of their old bits and pieces including their wooden breadbin; on the basis of a new home, a new kitchen and a fresh start with kitchen furnishings. Their breadbin, although a different shape and a different design, cylinder rather than box shape, is made from the same wood as ours and I saw immediate potential in it; so they were kind enough to let us have it.

The potential I saw in the newly acquired breadbin is its shape and size. My wife frequently makes homemade bread, usually large loaves because of its popularity and the loaf is too big to fit into our existing breadbin alongside the daily bread but the new breadbin is a perfect size and shape for the large loaves my wife makes. And when we don’t have any homemade bread it’s also useful for keeping bread rolls and buns; especially when we stock up with them in preparation for one of our BBQ parties; and at Christmas when everyone indulges.

So the new breadbin has pride of place on one of the kitchen worktops, being put to good use and looks great.

How Many People Use Breadbins?

Wooden Breadbins
Wooden Breadbins

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A Place for your Bready Views and Comments

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    • Nathanville profile imageAUTHOR

      Arthur Russ 

      2 years ago from England

      Thanks for all your feedback and comments; all greatly appreciated, and a delight to read.

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      7 years ago

      Ours is a roll-top version; even though we don't eat that much bread, it does keep well in the bread box.

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      7 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I don't breadbins are a waste of space...but I don't have that much space:) Love wood.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      7 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Nice lens. I was thinking about getting a bread bin. Glad to see this lens!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      7 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      What a wonderful selection of bread bins! Nice lens!

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      Debi Jones 

      7 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

      What a fun lens! I love the selection of bread boxes you used. Very well done!

    • Mammozon profile image


      7 years ago

      What a beautiful selection of bread bins. I haven't had one in years but I certainly will be looking for just the right one now! Great lens

    • graphite75 profile image


      7 years ago

      I really like those breadbins, they would look great in my kitchen.

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Nice wooden furniture's collection.

    • LaurenIM profile image


      7 years ago

      I want to bake some bread and put them in these gorgeous wooden bins!

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      7 years ago

      Bread being a staple food for many deserves to be kept in a nice bread box :)

      I like the simply bamboo swivel top shown above - when opened you can cut the bread right away.

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      Bob Zau 

      7 years ago

      There are some excellent ideas here. I've personally always liked primitive style wooden pie safes... or maybe it's the pies I enjoy.

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      7 years ago

      maybe you can return the favor and like or and comment on my lens

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      7 years ago

      these pieces are so beautiful and i will try to make some or buy some

    • rooshoo profile image


      7 years ago

      These are super pretty. I really like wooden things. I need to get a bread bin, I've been using my new bread machine a lot!

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      7 years ago

      I used to have a plastic bread box it made bread stale

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      7 years ago

      These have a nice country feel to them.

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      7 years ago

      I have a roll top bread bin; it's not nearly as nice as the high-dollar oak one you have near the beginning of this lens (which I am now lusting after ;o)

      Nice lens and a fun topic!

    • radhanathswamifan profile image


      7 years ago

      I had never known on this before!

    • RavenRunner profile image


      7 years ago

      Wood is a great material to keep bread in. In our modern Italian style kitchen we would have to go with a wooden one that doesn't look so crafty.

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      7 years ago

      I'm also a lover of the natural good looks of wood in the kitchen and everywhere else. When I was growing up, it seemed like everyone had a wooden bread bin and they seemed to disappear for a while but you are bringing them back strong and beautiful!

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      7 years ago

      I have not seen Breadbins in a very long time, and did not realize what I was looking at for a bit. Thanks for sharing and joltingmmy memory.

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      7 years ago

      I really like the look of the wooden breadbins.

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      7 years ago

      I really love these Wooden Breadbins for Kitchens

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I used to have that oak roll top breadbin, sold it (for a song) when I moved a few years ago and now want it back. Attractive and functional.


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