Introduction: Hidden Fridge Gap Slide-Out Pantry
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In this Instructable, you will learn how to steal some much needed kitchen storage, and not take up any more room in doing so.
I live in a small apartment with an even smaller kitchen that is lacking in the storage department. So I needed a new cabinet, and since I do NOT have permission to put big holes in the walls for more cabinetry, I thought that the 4.5 inch gap between my refrigerator and the wall could work.
I am now able to just pull the pantry out and grab whatever I need and slide it back into hiding. I love how much storage it actually has and that it does not take up any additional space.
Oh and the process will be much faster and less sweat inducing if you have an electric saw and not just a hacksaw.
Step 1: Materials
The necessary materials that I used for this project are listed below, but you can easily vary the measurements.
- (1) 24" x 48" x 0.75" wood board
- (1) 5" x 8' x 0.5" wood boards
- (6) 24" x 4" x 0.5" wood boards
- (1) 24" x 4" x 0.75" wood board for the base
- (1) handle with attaching hardware
- (2) 3" caster wheels
- (6) 25" x 0.25" wooden dowels
- wood glue
- wood screws (screws for wood, not sure wooden screw exist haha)
Step 2: Framing the Pantry
Thankfully I didn't have to do much cutting, I cut the big 5" x 8' x 0.5" board in half creating two equal 4 foot pieces. These two 4 foot pieces are the sides of the pantry, but they were too wide so it would not fit in the small gap. I had to cut them down to be 4 inches.
For the bottom shelf, use the 24" x 4" x 0.75" piece
For the top shelf, use one of the 24" x 4" x 0.5" pieces
Now that all of the wood for the pantry is cut, time to glue and join them with screws, which is pretty self explanatory.
Step 3: Shelving
With the remaining five 24" x 4" x 0.5" wood pieces, I spaced them out roughly like this:
(from top to bottom)
Then drill the holes for the wood dowels to slide through for each shelf, and cut the wood dowels to 25.5".
The space between the shelf and dowels depends on the content you plan on storing.
Step 4: The Finishing Touches
Let's start with adding the wheels first:
- locate the center of the bottom board and space the wheels out evenly on the board.
- since I didn't want the bolts for the wheels to show through the board, I used hot glue to apply the wheels to the board.
Now it's just the handle that is standing between you and your new sliding pantry:
- stand the pantry up on the wheels and determine where the handle should be based on your preference/height,
- once you have the height you want, locate the center of the side panel and drill 2 holes that align with the handle.
- use the attaching hardware and attach the handle
Enjoy using your newly acquired kitchen storage.
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