DIY Farmhouse Pantry Crates

3 Materials
20 Minutes

We have quite a bit of usable space on the floor under the bottom shelf of the pantry, so I had been thinking about how to make that space more functional, yet also look tidy and aesthetically pleasing.

These rolling crates are the perfect solution. They maximize the space, they are easily accessible because of the wheels and the handle, they give the pantry a more tidy, organized appearance, and I love they way they fit right in with the rustic, farmhouse vibe that I love so much.

To begin, you need to take careful measurements of your pantry and find the right sized crate to fit your space. Don’t forget to take the height of your caster wheels into consideration. You’re likely only talking about fractions of an inch here, so take care to measure very precisely or your finished crate won’t roll underneath your shelf, and that would be sad.

From the floor to the bottom of the lowest shelf in my pantry was 12 inches.

Caster wheels come in lots of sizes, depending on how much weight they need to carry.  The small ones I used for this project  carry a maximum load of 66 pounds across all 4 wheels. That’s way more than I even needed for this project. Plus, they claim to be “smooth wheeling and won’t mark your floor”. So far, that seems to be accurate. I’m really pleased with how they roll, and they have been kind to my floor.

They come in a pack of 8 or 12, and in black or white, so you can choose the number you need based on how many crates you’re making, and also choose the color you prefer. I liked black for these crates, but if you choose a white crate, the white wheels would work perfectly.

Decide exactly where you want your wheels to go in each corner, avoiding any nails that are already holding the crate together. Also, be careful not to get too close to the edges, so you don’t split the wood when you drill in the caster wheel screws.

Once I eyeballed where I wanted the wheels, I used a black sharpie to mark where the holes should go.

I used my Ryobi Impact Driver for this project and it worked great. The wood on my crate was pretty soft, but since I was placing the wheels near the corners, I didn’t want to take a chance that I might split the wood, so I first used my Ryobi with a small drill bit to make the pilot holes.

I used these drawer pulls that were left over from when we built our house last year. They were purchased on Amazon.

It rolls beautifully on these casters, and is a perfect fit under the bottom shelf of my pantry.

It adds so much storage in the pantry, and is so easy to access because of the wheels and the handle.

You can see the whole pantry makeover and organization HERE.

Niky @ The House on Silverado

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  • Missy F Missy F on Jan 17, 2021

    Love love love this!!! Thank you for sharing

  • I love this idea, Niky! I've been trying to find the perfect-sized basket or crate to fit under our mudroom bench to store shoes, luck. This would be ideal! I think I might have to try it out! xo