pull out kitchen pantry project

Hidden Roll Out Kitchen Pantry

How I Made a Roll Out Pantry Cabinet in the Small Space Next to the Fridge!

How I Made a Roll Out Pantry Cabinet

The Background

Before I get into how I made the roll out pantry I'll give you a little background. Before I met Russ I moved into house with a modest layout. The kitchen is 9’ x 12’, not bad for a 1000 square foot house.

kitchen pantry project - original kitchen in our house
The original kitchen pre-renovation.

The entire kitchen was disgusting and all of the cabinets looked like something had died or exploded inside. I decided to renovate the kitchen on a small budget.roll out pantry project - original kitchen in our house

I installed new Ikea kitchen cabinets in a nice grey color and chose a white sparkly quartz counter top, (at the time I was surprised that Ikea offered stone counters)! I used their online kitchen planner to design the entire space.

new kitchen with grey cabinets and orange accents

After I had every cabinet chosen and in place that I wanted I was left with a 7” space between the dining room wall and the fridge. I thought it would be a perfect place to build a custom roll out pantry cabinet on wheels!

How I made the Roll Out Pantry

The Prepwork

I first started by planning what food items I would be storing in this cabinet. I took careful measurements of the space between the fridge and the wall and measurements of jars and boxes that I typically buy. I used the largest measurement for what would go on each shelf (ie. Measured the largest box of cereal for the bottom shelf) to make sure all the boxes would fit.

I decided to hang my cabinet from a drawer slider at the top rather than the size in order to maximize the width of my pull out pantry. I also used wheels at the bottom to support the weight. This way the cabinet glides easily in and out with the help of the drawer slider yet is fully supported by the wheels from the floor.  I took the wheel and slider measurements into consideration when designing the roll out pantry.
.roll out pantry project - wood and parts

Here is the drawing for my space and what worked for me. You can use this design and the following steps for your roll out pantry but change the measurements to suite your space.

roll out pantry project - drawing of measurements

Next I cut the wood using my circular saw (haven’t bought a table saw yet).  I cut 8 shelves and used one for the top and two for the bottom to give it extra support and some thickness for the wheels to attach with beefy screws.
roll out pantry bottom wood is two layersI cut the front out nice finish wood, and the back out of plywood.
I drilled two pocket holes on each end of each shelf.

The Assembly

I set everything up on the floor in the kitchen and began attaching my shelves to the back of the roll out pantry.

I then set the front piece of wood next to the shelves and marked their location for easy placement to make sure both sides of the shelves would be the same height and level.

roll out pantry project - lining up the front of the cabinet
I attached the drawer slider exactly in the middle of the top shelf and measured out where it would be placed on the upper cabinet.glide out kitchen pantry project - drawer glider at the top
Then I made sure the wheels were perfectly straight so they would roll out properly and screwed them to the bottom shelf.
glide out kitchen pantry project - wheels on the bottom

The next step was drilling all of the dowel holes. I measured 2 inches up from each shelf and ½” in from the opening and drilled a ¼” hole. Place tape on your drill bit so you can tell how deep you have drilled and you know when to stop.

Each dowel slightly longer than the space between the front and the back so that it would sit cozy inside the holes I just drilled.  You will have to bend them a bit to get them in place, but I didn’t use any glue.
sides of kitchen pantry are dowels


Next I tested the fit.

I made a few adjustments to the glider because the part connected to the upper cabinet wasn’t completely straight. It made the entire pantry stiff to glide. Once tweaked the cabinet rolled out smoothly.
Then I noticed that you could see the front wheel from the bottom! So I decided to make a toe kick to hide it. I cut a small piece of wood the width of the cabinet and left about 3/8” of space between the toe kick and the floor. I didn’t want the bottom to be so tight that it could scrape against the floor since the floor is slightly off level. The extra space also allows room to glide even if there was a crumb or something in the way.

pantry on wheels with toe kick


After attaching my toe kick I primed the whole cabinet with a coat of white primer. I took a scrap piece of my Ikea cabinet facing to Home Depot and hand them color match the grey. The paint people mixed me a small jar that usually is used for test paint. It was the least expensive way to go since I needed so little paint! I used about half of that little jar to paint the cabinet grey and it turned out beautifully. The color match is spot on!

The Result

I used some of the left over grey paint to touch up some of the areas where you can see white (when you looked past the cabinet doors you'd could see the base cabinet white in some areas).

too much food in this cabinet and no room for other kitchen items

I cleaned out the cabinet next to the stove where I had been temporarily keeping my dry goods. Alas, my little roll out pantry fills in that 7” of empty space and I had a whole cabinet to use for other kitchen items!

food cabinet emptied after filling the roll out pantry

roll out pantry project completed with handle


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