How To: Build a Rolling Pantry

About: There is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down! And there's no reason to buy new when you can build it yourself!

When I designed where the refrigerator would be I moved it over (so it would open fully before hitting the wall) essentially creating the perfect spot for a rolling pantry.

I chose to build the whole thing out of 2x8s knowing that that would give me a 7 inch depth. From there I took some measurements. To get the height I also made sure to account for the height of the casters I chose. To get the depth I made sure that the pantry would not actually hit the wall in the back. It was just a case then of getting all of my boards cut and screwing it all together. I chose to put the shelves about every foot. The casters I chose DO NOT swivel, I made certain to get the ones that were set in one direction and then, when I attached them with screws, I put them as widely spaced on the bottom of the pantry as I could. Because of this the pantry actually stands on its own as long as no one (or any big dogs…) bumps it, though it will never really need to.

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Step 1: Finishing It Up

I used 1x4s to trim it all out and bead board plywood for the back of it. More 1xs completed the front and then I painted the front out in white to match my cabinets. It hides TOTALLY behind my refrigerator and the handle I added makes it practically glide out.

I love the storage!

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    4 years ago

    Another solid project! We have a space very much like this, but it is actually finished as a closet. It's super-narrow and we can't get in to utilize it to the full extent; this would fit the bill. Thanks for the idea.

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    Reply 4 years ago

    I would definitely recommend this! Especially because its so deep, I did think about just doing shelves but I figured I would lose/forget everything that ended up in the back of it.

    We are also renovating a house that has a space between the fridge and wall. You're right - deep shelves cause you to lose stuff in them! I'm excited to make one of these and put all of my herbs and spices jars and bottles in there. You have a great idea and project here!

    I keep all of my extra herbs, spices, pasta and canned goods here. We're still really happy with it! Because I used 2x6s I would mention it is pretty heavy, I wonder if 1x6s would work just as well and make it a little less heavy to move etc.