Pull-Out Pantry Shelving: Step-By-Step Installation

kitchen cabinets with pull-out shelves above wood floor
  • 6-10 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Drawer slides
Wood for the drawers
Wood finish

A pantry can be a very useful part of any house, but the shelving can sometimes be a tricky issue, especially when pull out pantry shelving is being used. But, this installation does not have to be so complicated. Just follow the steps below and you will be able to skip the large fees from professional carpenters.

Step 1 – Measuring

Before the project starts, you will need to measure the pull-out pantry shelving area extensively. You do not want to make any mistakes that could have been avoided simply by measuring before starting the project. Key things to measure are the depth of the drawer area (this should be equivalent to the length of your drawer slides). You will also want to keep the slides at a slight distance away from the hinges of the door to make sure that nothing interrupts the hinge from working.

Step 2 – The Handiwork Starts

After you’ve measured the correct lengths for your pull out pantry shelving, you will want to start building the drawers. An important thing to keep in mind when creating the actual shelves is to make the shelves slightly shorter and less wide than the drawer slides. Usually, 1.5 inches will be adequate room to ensure that the drawers pull out properly. Almost any type of wood can be used for the shelving, but pine usually works best with a plywood bottom. Once you’ve finished screwing the head of the drawers to the body, you should consider concealing the screws with wood plating however this is only necessary if you are concerned with the aesthetics of your pull-out pantry shelving.

Step 3 – Touching it Up

After the shelves have been built, you should finish them so that they look more presentable. First, start off by sanding the drawers down with sandpaper. You should use 100 – 120 grit sandpaper for this step. This will ensure that the drawers are safe to use once they’re installed. Once you have finished sanding, you should apply some sort of finish to the drawers. This will preserve your pull out pantry shelving while providing a more attractive look than the plain colour of the original wood.

Step 4 – Placing the Slides

The next step is to place the slides in the cabinet where the pull out pantry shelving will be located. First, take off the sliding section from the device and install only the base metal slide. Remember to keep the slides about ¾ of an inch away from the hinges. To do this, simply install sheets of plywood directly against the side of the cabinet then drill the drawer slides onto these pieces of plywood so that they are now further away from the hinges than they would be if placed directly against the cabinet side.

Step 5 – Connecting the Slide to the Drawer

The final step is to screw the actual sliding portion from the drawer slides, that were removed in the last step, to the drawers you created in step 2. It is important to make sure that the slides are level on both sides of the device or it will not work properly.

After all these steps, simply slide your drawers in and enjoy your new pull out pantry shelving.