Hide-Away Pantry / Kitchen Storage

13 Materials
$50-75
5 Hours
Medium

Get ready for a GAME changer! This is literally changing my life! Haha ok maybe not so dramatic, but this hide-away pantry is an amazing storage alternative that will open up some cabinet space!!! This kitchen storage is made by creating a slim sliding shelving unit for the space between your wall and refrigerator. It's amazing what a little wood and paint will do!
Ok so if you have a cupboard that looks anything like this you need to utilize that space you see to the right beside the fridge.... -Life changed-
SUPPLIES:
-4-5 1"x4"x8' Common Board Panels
-7 7/16" wooden dowels
-Kreg Jig / Kreg Screws
-Drill
-Saw
-Paint (optional)
-4 2" castor wheels
-Measuring tape
-Wood Glue
-Nails
-Handle / Drawer Pull
-Thin Board Cut to size (not pictured above... I used my left over faux brick panel, but you can use bead board or something of that sort)
STEP 1: Measure the height and depth of your refrigerator as well as the space you have available between the wall and the side of the refrigerator.
STEP 2: Use the measurements from step 1 to cut out several wood pieces. You will need a front and back panel, a top and bottom and as many shelves as you desire. Remember that you will be applying wheels to the bottom of the unit so you should subtract the height of the wheels from the length for the front and back panels. Below are the measurements I had and what I cut in accordance. You can use it as a reference:
My refrigerator measured from floor to top at 67" and in depth from front to wall at 31". Keeping in mind that my wood panels were 1" thick and I had 2.25" wheels I cut pieces as follows:
Front & Back - 2 pieces 65"
Top & Bottom - 2 pieces 29"
Shelves - 6 pieces 29"
I also cut each of the 7 wooden dowels to 29" as well.
STEP 3: Set up your cut pieces in a ladder-like style making sure each of them fit together correctly.
STEP 4: Use a Kreg jig to create holes on the bottom of each shelf as well as on the bottom of the top and bottom wood pieces. Place these holes on each end of the pieces. Then screw each shelf and top and bottom panel in their place. I decided to make a variety of shelf sizes to accommodate various dry goods rather than keeping even spacing. Just be sure that you screw each shelf in straight by inserting them at the same height on both the front and back panel.
STEP 5: Once all your shelves are in place it is time to cut out and prepare the back panel for the shelf. (I used a piece of leftover paneling from my faux brick wall project hehe) Just cut a rectangle that is the same size in height and depth as the ladder structure you just created. For instance mine was 65"x31".
When your panel piece is cut and ready to go simply nail it into place on the back of the unit. Nail the panel in place around the perimeter.
STEP 6: Now it's time to add the dowels! Simply grab some wood glue and glue each dowel above each shelf an even distance on each side so it lays straight For the smaller shelves I placed the dowels 2-2.5" above the shelf and for the larger shelves 4-5". Be sure to allow the wood glue to completely dry before moving forward.
STEP 7: Now simply paint or stain your shelving unit in the colors of your choice to match your kitchen! I intend to change my cabinet colors at some point so I just painted it all white to match the refrigerator.
STEP 8: Once your paint has dried you can add the castors and the handle. Screw in 4 wheels to the bottom of the shelf so that it can roll in and out of it's space with ease.
Add the handle to the center of the front panel.
STEP 9: Now simply place your pantry next to your fridge (or in the designated area you made it for) and stock it full of your favorite treats and eats!
Look how discreet that thing is! Geesh I love it.
You have no clue how much cabinet space this has freed up! I don't have space in my kitchen to add any stand alone unit so this sneaky little piece is perfection!
I have been fumbling through my spices for years! Now I can see them all in front of me! Oh man I can't wait to cook. I showed a close up so you can see the brick panel. You can create a design if you want a pop of fun when you open the hideaway too if you want...
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3 of 49 questions
  • E
    E
    on Mar 7, 2020

    The refrigerator use the opening to discard heat from the exchanger fins in the back. Have you noticed any higher temps on your stored foodstuffs in the unit?

    • RichandTammy Whiteside
      RichandTammy Whiteside
      on Mar 7, 2020

      It looks like she could eek out just enough space for the appropriate ventilation by scooching the refrigerator to the left. AJ Madison states you need approximately 1/4" on each side and 1" on the top but I'm guessing that can differ depending upon the age of the appliance.

  • Lillyrose
    Lillyrose
    on Mar 7, 2020

    I have seen this project done several times on this website. My question is, would it get too hot with the warm air coming from the refrigerator. Spoilage is my only concern, otherwise it is a great solution for extra slim storage space. Has anyone had a problem with this?


  • Laura Palmer Peterson
    Laura Palmer Peterson
    on Mar 14, 2020

    So it's not attached to anything? What keeps it balanced? Could I use some kind of track, like a slide out track?

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  • Carol Volz Chidlow
    Carol Volz Chidlow
    on Nov 3, 2020

    Great project. I live in a 700 sq ft mobile so you know space is at a premium. My refrigerator is just tall enough to go under the right side of the space but not the right. (sagging cabinet)

    So I had to build mine backwards facing the open space of the kitchen. So rather than use a solid backing, I used pegboard to take advantage to extra hanging space.

    If a 1x4 was truly 4 inches I could have fit more items in it but I am so happy with how this turned out I won't worry about it.

    Here are some of my pictures.

  • Umm49892567
    Umm49892567
    on Nov 4, 2020

    Definitely

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