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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)
<p>I'm surprised at some people posting. Usually Instructable contributors are offering helpful advice, alternative solutions, or asking for clarification. Note: be nice policy.</p>
<p>just wondering. If it is on 2 wheels, isnt there a chance of it falling? or did i miss something? Is something stopping it from opening all the way?</p>
<p>Check out the manufacturers recommendation about ventilation round your fridge, and ensure you dont have heat dissipating in to the contents of your pantry. It could be an incubator for bacteria and mould in other than dry goods.</p>
<p>GOOD IDEA BUT ALOS HEAT RISES UPWARD NOT SIDE WAYS HERE IN THE GREAT NORTH.I THINK IT IS A GREAT IDEA.BUT LIKE YOU SAID CHECK IT BEFORE DOING ANYTHING LIKE THIS FOR HEAT CAN CAUSE A FIRE,ANOTHER GOOD IDEA,CHECK BEFORE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.</p>
<p>godson1952, the fridge will not produce enough heat to cause a fire. Even basic untreated wood has an ignition temperature of around 450-500 degrees.</p>
I felt the sides of my fridge, and they are both much warmer than the room temperature. Not a good storage area for other than dry goods. The temperature however is no where near threatening of fire, except if the top isnt ventilated. It is more likely that your fridge just implode with the loading.<br>It is worth double checking what the manufactuer advises.<br>Well I am in the great south (New Zealand) and I expect physics is the same in the Great North. You have fridges up there??
<p>i just dont think it would get that warm in there, it is not tight, there will b some ventilation . maybe i'm wrong . i hope so :)</p>
<p>Godson, no reason to get dumb and cocky. Fridges have condensing coils either underneath or behind. If the coils are underneath heat comes up around every side of the unit. Most newer models are like this. Rear condensing models have the coils on the back of the unit. In your mind, these models wouldn't have issues because heat rises; but rising warm air must be replaced adequately or a vacuum effect (not a true vacuum) could occur. Placing anything on the side of the fridge could slow or stop airflow; causing the unit to overheat. Katie's advice is a lot more well-founded then you think.</p>
<p>Refrigerators vent in the back, not the side.</p>
Read previous posts....been there discussed that. Your statement is INCORRECT!!!!
<p>I have a store-bought version of one of these. I've had it for years and never had a problem. Store-bought ones wouldn't exist if they were a fire hazard..</p>
<p>You mean like car seats that fail or air bags that maim? I have never seen these in stores so maybe there is an issue but we don't look for the Good House Keeping seal anymore so things aren't tested until after people die and the lawsuits start. It is the overbearing government dontcha know?</p>
<p>I've never ever heard of a fire started because of one of these being next to a fridge...Until there is a fire, the argument that it's a fire hazard holds little to no weight. It was uncalled for, for certain individuals to chew out people over what is ultimately just speculation. It is unfair to Boston09 who created this instructable.</p>
<p>lol there has been the cause of many house fires with not to mention the hazardous waste. remember a fridge has Freon. I am sure non of you are fire marshals or fire fighters because this is part of fire 101</p>
<p>KimoM1, first off Im a fire inspector and your statement is completely false. Freon has nothing to do with being a fire hazard, its a nonflammable chemical. If you look up the MSDS for freon it will tell you it is dangerous but not flammable. Also this is not the cause of &quot;many&quot; house fires. and im not sure what you mean by &quot;fire 101&quot;. If your referring to NFPA 101 the Life Safety Code it doesn't have anything to do with a fridge being the cause of the fire.</p>
<p>Fridges start a fire one of 2 ways, a short in the wiring, or an overheating compressor due to lint and gunk built up over the vent. A unit like this pantry on the side of the fridge nowhere near the actual vent is not going to start a fire, nor have one of these types of pantries ever started a fire. This instructable is not unsafe.</p>
<p>Also, those are malfunctioning products, your comparison doesn't work.</p>
<p>Katie, I challenge you to produce a SINGLE photograph of a refrigerator with vents on the side. </p>
<p>look at the bottom</p>
Read what was written. No one was saying fridges vent out the sides, it was said they vent either out the back or bottom. Besides, all your doing is bickering. Wouldn't it be more productive to consider possible solutions, or adjustments so that the idea still works safely &amp; effectively? I think the idea is a great one. I'm also glad someone brought up ventilation as something to keep in mind. I'm definitely going to try a variation of this in my kitchen. I'm wondering if making it without a solid back might help with ventilation. Maybe having dowels to hold stuff in on both sides, which would make things accessable from both sides as well, something that would be beneficial for a gap that isn't beside a wall like my kitchen has. <br>Either way, great idea &amp; great modification suggestions.
<p>I'm thinking maybe a peg board would work for the back. That way you wouldn't have to worry about tall things tipping and scraping the wall or fridge, and that should allow for adequate ventilation. </p>
<p>You may have a point and I certainly will not argue with you; however I have had pantry (floor to ceiling) cupboards flanking my free-standing fridge(s) for over thirty years now and to my knowledge they have not affected the life or operation of the fridge(s), the food inside the cupboards, presented a fire hazard etc. but perhaps the concept is different?</p>
<p>This is really cool. And to the people saying it's a fire hazard: don't build it then. Basically, everything in your house is a possible fire hazard, but your house probably isn't empty, though. I'm definitely going to do this soon.</p>
I love it. I staggered two pairs of castor wheels on the bottom just in case it gets pulled out too far, this stops it wanting to fall over.
<p>Good Advice! </p>
<p>Awesome Idea, Looks Great!</p>
<p>Really clever use of this small space. Good job!</p>
<p>I was thinking that If you put a self stick &quot;Slider&quot; type furniture protector on the wall and fridge, back a little so it doesn't show. It would keep the shelf about 1/4&quot; from the wall and fridge. Also maybe put a eyebolt on the top near the back, connected to the wall with some type of cable, so that you can't accidently pull it out too far. I didn't like the post about only using one caster. It might be too heavy for some to pull it out properly, or cause it to be unbalanced. Depending on how close to the center the single caster was placed.</p><p>I also thought about the heat/ventillation issue. First you should make sure that there is sufficient space above and behind the unit. If heat IS a problem. You could make a helper fan out of some old computer fans to pull the heat out the top where the heat naturally rises.</p>
<p>I'd put the furniture slider on the pantry rather than the wall or refrigerator. </p><p>I'd use a double castor or something like skate wheels. (Not inline but the old fashioned type.)</p><p>I wouldn't worry about the heat as there is plenty of room above the pantry for the hot air to escape. </p>
<p>If you put the slider on the pantry, IT will rub on the wall. By putting it on the wall and fridge, the slider will rub on the pantry and keep it away from the wall and fridge. It just seems better that way to me.</p>
<p>not if you have it on rail sliders it will not rub. problem is it will shorten the life span of the fridge and over heat it does not matter were vent is if you know anything about a fridge or any other machinery + common sense which I know is not so common these days </p>
<p>We found space behind a door that opened up into the kitchen. We seldom closed it so it was nearly always open hiding 3 or 4 inches of space. Big enough for cans. Just build very narrow shelves like what you did and attach to the wall. So many people overlook that space. Of course it won't work if you rent and can't attach it to the wall. </p>
As my 2 cents worth,these are called &quot;fillers&quot; in motorhomes. I have one in mine right next to the fridge. 3&quot;wide 5'tall. Love it. Space is at a premium so u use every inch u can
how do you keep from marking up the wall the wall?
<p>This makes me think of the large long thin cutlery drawer at the top of my antique buffet. It is a good size and already has the handle. Would save a lot of time if you could recycle one from a no longer useable buffet. The frame and handle are already done. Just need to add shelves and dowels.</p>
<p>That's a great idea!</p>
<p>This is a great idea, thank you.</p><p>Food for thought.....</p><p>I have a corner cupboard (pantry some may say) and if nothing else, this has provided an alternate thought provoking potential solution to accessing the dark recesses in the back corner that I cannot get to.</p><p>I am thinking along the lines of turning this single slide out pantry into a cartridge like system</p>
<p>Great idea. I was just this morning bemoaning the fact that my kitchen has no space for a pantry and here it is. I plan to modify your design somewhat for two side-by-side units in an under-counter cabinet.</p><p>Words of advice: 1. When cutting wood by hand, ALWAYS position your shoulder and elbow directly centered on the cutting line. 2. It's easy to countersink screws by using a larger drill bit. Wrap a piece of masking or electrical tape near the tip to use as a depth gauge so that all your countersinks are uniform. Run the drill very slowly.</p>
<p>Great idea. I was just this morning bemoaning the fact that my kitchen has no space for a pantry and here it is. I plan to modify your design somewhat for two side-by-side units in an under-counter cabinet.</p><p>Words of advice: 1. When cutting wood by hand, ALWAYS position your shoulder and elbow directly centered on the cutting line. 2. It's easy to countersink screws by using a larger drill bit. Wrap a piece of masking or electrical tape near the tip to use as a depth gauge so that all your countersinks are uniform. Run the drill very slowly.</p>
Pulling it out repeatedly, doesn't that cause friction on the wall leaving scratch marks?
Great instructable, this is the first one I've ever made and it was a lot of fun. I wanted a little wider shelves than would have been allowed with your instructions so I used 1/8&quot; plywood for the back and instead of the bars I just put a lip on the front of each shelf.<br><br>just a note for future developers, make sure your wall is straight and measure for the baseboard as well lol, I had to do some unintended lifting with spare wood at the end.
<p>What a fabulous idea! You did great boston09. Now I'm sitting here wishing I had a space next to my fridge where I could build one, but I don't. Instead, my fridge is up against a wall on the left and a cabinet on the right. OH NO! Is my house going to catch on fire??? Ha Ha Just being ridiculous like several of the previous commenters. Seriously, dude, great job. I can easily see how fabulous this would be for any house/apartment. Lotsa stuff right at your fingertips. </p>
<p>if I was me I push the fridge closer to the wall and put it on the other side of the fridge and leave the wood back off of it put wooden dowels on both sides this way you can see both sides of the rack and it leaves it open to get air to it and make it cooler </p>
<p>really fantastic idea. not only does it utilise dead space, it allows you to stock up on tins when they are on offer saving you in the long run and the fact you can store all your cans or jars so you can SEE them all (not all on the same level taking up room in your cupboards where you have no idea if the ones at the back are peaches of beans) but they are so easily accessible. </p><p>+1 for the felt pads idea and also, I might try and get hold of some drawer runners and attach to the cupboard so that it cant pull out all the way and fall over</p>
<p>I said that ventilation is required, as in leaving space around the item. The sides of my fridge get warm, thus dissipating the heat exchange of refrigeration...Read up on refrigeration systems if you must. Personally my fridge and freezer dont have visible vents, but certainly have warm spots on the exterior cabinetry... If yu</p><p>If required I will consult my son who is a refrigeration tech/engineer. The process of refrigeration generates heat Not sure of the risk of fire, but that needs to be thought about.</p>
<p>Really smart idea! Your kitchen looks just like mine, and it would be perfect for me, except, that gap is where I store my step ladder. Although, if I had that roller pantry, I probably could store everything that is in my high cupboards there...</p>
<p>Leave out the casters and make it free standing. There really is no point in it sliding behind the fridge. You want that air gap open so your fridge can properly cool.<br><br>If you REALLY want it to roll, I would only put a caster on the back side, and make the front board 3-3 1/4&quot; longer so that it still stands level. Lift slightly when you pull it back and forth and the caster does most of the work, but now it will be more balanced and won't be leaning against the wall to make scuffs, or leaning against the fridge so it falls when you roll it out.</p>
<p>I assume that non-rotating casters prevent - or discourage - shifting against the fridge or wall?</p>
<p>I was going to do something different with the railing, so it's not quit done yet. I also added some felt along the top and bottom to protect the wall and refrigerator. Be sure not to make the shelf too wide, or the refrigerator door won't open. </p>

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