When we bought our home three years ago, our kitchen was really tiny. There was a laundry room and “pantry” area beside it that led out to the garage. We ended up knocking out the walls for that room, closing in the coat closet by the front door, and adding all of that space to the kitchen. But I still just don’t have enough shelf space to store food for all eight of us.
I saw a post in the past about a roll out pantry that goes beside the refrigerator. Our old fridge was too wide to do something like that, but we recently got a new fridge that was thinner, leaving us with about 8 inches of space between it and the wall. So I decided a few weeks ago that it was time to get to work and make a roll out pantry for our home.
I started with a set of plans from Classy Cutter, but modified them to fit our family’s needs. We need to have enough room for 2 rows of cans, as well as larger boxes of pasta, so I doubled the depth of the shelves to eight inches instead of four. So instead of buying 1×4 pieces of wood, I got 1×8. I just bought the cheapest wood available, as I’m on a pretty tight budget. I also chose to make the bottom two shelf spaces slightly taller than the rest, so I can fit in larger items. For the back I got a 4×8 piece of thin hardboard, it was about $12 and was in the plywood section. Be sure to check out Classy Clutter to get the full details about how to make your own, their directions are really easy to follow!
Since I already had all of the screws and nails on hand, all I had to pick up was the wood, casters, dowels, and handle.
Supplies I purchased:
3 1x8x12 boards (cut on site into 2 64″ boards and 8 20.5″ boards)
1 sheet of 4×8 hardboard (cut down to 31.5 x 64 on site)
4 casters (2″ stationary 125 wheels, don’t get the swivel wheels, they make it hard to roll out the shelf)
7 dowel rods (I used 3/8″ rods, and just cut them down to size at home with a hacksaw)
1 cabinet handle (There are tons to choose from under $3.00 at Home Depot)
3 1×8 boards: $30
7 dowels: $7
4 casters: $10
Total spent: $63
Have you seen my DIY pot rack that freed up lots of cabinet space? It’s less than $20 to make, and you can have it up in just 5 minutes!