Feeling burnt over a small kitchen space? Whether you live in a small city apartment or a starter house in the suburbs, don’t let a cramped space bring you down! The trick I learned to making a small space work is making use of the empty spaces functional. So, check out that ingenious space between your fridge and the wall and bring peace and order to your kitchen with this easy DIY. Learn how to build a pantry shelf for all your kitchen condiments. Keep reading to know how.
How To Build A Pantry Shelf In Your Small Kitchen
I remember renting a small apartment in the city long ago. And being my DIY enthusiast self, I made sure that having a small kitchen space won’t be much big of a deal. Now that I am a mom, I also love cooking for my family. It’s easy to spice up any meal you prepare when you have easy access to your condiments and ingredients. So for all of you frustrated with your small kitchen space, don’t fret! Learn how to build a pantry shelf that I’m sure you’ll find very functional!
What you’ll need for a pantry shelf:
- 2 pieces of 4-foot long, 6-inch wide boards
- 7 pieces of 2-foot long, 6-inch wide boards
- 4 ½-inch rods
- Wood glue
- Wood screws
- Sandpaper or power sander
- 4 casters
- 4 foot x 2 foot pegboard or thin board for backing
How to make the pantry shelf:
Step 1. Lay out the frame and drill into place.
Lay out the frame. Drill them into place.
Step 2. Add the first three shelves.
Add the first three shelves about 7 inches apart. Space the rest according to your needs. Create a storage bin at the bottom by drilling a 2-foot board across the front.
Step 3. Attach the pegboard.
Flip the shelves over and attach the pegboard to the backing.
Step 4. Add the casters.
Add casters to the four corners of the bottom.
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Step 5. Cut the rods to size.
Cut rods to size, and glue them in front of each shelf to keep things in place.
Step 6. Paint sides.
If you want to make it more attractive or cohesive with the rest of your kitchen’s color palette, paint the sides of the pantry.
Step 7. Attach handle.
Glue the handle to the side.
And you’re all done!
Slide your new pantry into place, and enjoy the extra space!
Check out this video from Nifty on how to build a kitchen pantry!
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Looks good, but a few recommendations. Bottom board should be cut to 25-1/2″ to support the weight of the sides, shelves, and contents. I’d widen the top board as well, though that is not critical. The sides will still be 24″ apart so shelves will still be 24″.
Likewise the pegboard backing needs to be 25-1/2″ wide to be flush with the outside edges of the sides. Make sure the corners are 90-degrees and the diagonals are equal so the frame doesn’t go catty-wampus while you are nailing or screwing the back on.
Also the rods would be better cut to 24-1/2″ and drill round pockets 1/4″ deep using a 1/2″ flat drill, and glue the rods into the holes before the second side is screwed tight. A little more work, but the rods will stay put in changing humidity levels much longer than just glued flush to the sides.
Another modification would be to measure the refrigerator’s height from the floor, and depth of the refrigerator from the back wall (minus any distance needed for the refrigerator door to open if the pantry will be on the hinged side) and adjust the dimensions of the frame to use all of that space. Just remember that 1×6 boards are actually 3/4″ x 5-1/2″ so the bottom board would be 1-1/2″ longer than the shelves to be flush with the outside edge of the sides. Also reduce the height of the sides to allow for the height of the casters.
A fun project with lots of ways to stain, varnish, or paint the unit to your personal style and tastes.