Build Your Own Kitchen Pantry Storage Cabinet

  • 8-12 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 250-500
What You'll Need
Screw Driver
Cordless Drill
Wood Glue
Finishing Nails
Cabinet Knobs or Handles
Measuring Tape
Steel Rods
Wood Stain
Safety Goggles

Unless you have custom cabinets, often times kitchen cabinets are either too deep or too shallow. If you're feeling fed up with your cabinets, consider building your own kitchen pantry storage cabinet.

Building a kitchen pantry storage cabinet can be an easy, inexpensive and fun project that creates an efficient and eye pleasing part of your kitchen.

Step 1 - Getting the Wood Ready

You can browse the Internet for designs or buy one from your local hardware store. Once you have your design, you will have to measure and calculate the size of the cabinet. Most people choose Oak for their cabinets for its beauty and durability. How many shelves you put in your kitchen pantry storage cabinet depends on how tall you want it to be and how much space you want between the shelves. Once you’ve fixed out your measurements then you should make a template to cut the wood.

Step 2 - Starting the Lazy Susan

To start the part of the cabinet that makes it a Lazy Susan, find the center point of the kitchen pantry storage cabinet door. This will be the pivot point of the Lazy Susan. From here you will figure out the measurement that you will need to make the shelf that will be located in the back of the cabinet.

Then, you will want to measure and cut wood for the edge that will be placed in the front of the back shelf. This will keep items on the shelf while the Lazy Susan is being turned.

Step 3 - Build the Core of the Lazy Susan

To make the pivot post you again need to measure and cut the wood to the specifications of the area you are working with. You may use more than one board that will need to be attached to each other to make one large piece. Then you need to measure and drill holes for both the bottom and top of the pivot post. At this point you will need steel rods that have been measured to fit what you’ve already built. You will put the measured rods in the top and bottom holes, respectively, and seal them to the floor at the bottom and at the top you will attach the steal rod to inside of the cabinet. The Lazy Susan will turn around these rods.

Step 4 - Setting Up the Swivel

To actually make the shelves rotate inside of the cabinet you need to have rails installed. Naturally, you need to also measure these and know how many tracks that you will need for your space. You will also have to have brackets for the shelves. Before you put the shelves in on these brackets you need to cut a measured notch into the so that they fit around the steal rods.

Step 5 - Stain and Varnish

If you haven’t already done it, sand all the wood that you used to built the cabinet. Then you can choose the color stain you want for the cabinet. Once you’ve stained the wood, and let it dry, you need to varnish the wood to protect it.

Give a whirl to test it and then stock it up. Now you have a cabinet that is the same size as a normal kitchen pantry storage cabinet, but holds twice as much and makes retrieving items from it, much easier.