How to Make Corners in DIY Pantry Shelves


You have several options to make corners in your pantry shelves. Options depend on what type of pantry set up you have. If you are converting a very small closet, a slide-out drawer may be your best option. You also can run 12-inch-deep shelves on all three sides or use 24-inch-deep shelves if you have the room. How you join the shelving at the corners may determine how much more space you can add.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper corner design to scale
  • Saw
  • Plywood shelving
  • Stud finder
  • Wall brackets
  • Steel braces
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Wood strips, 1-inch-by-1-inch
  • Design a square with side measurements equal to the width of the shelving you will install. A corner, in general, meets at a 90-degree angle, so your square must be absolutely square.

  • Cut one square from one of the plywood shelves. Test the square in the corner to make sure the two pieces of plywood shelves that meet from each side at the other right angle fit. Whether you are using 12-inch or 24-inch-deep boards, each angle edge must be the same measurement.

  • Piece together a corner with one shelf and screw in a steel brace over where the two edges meet. Add on the other shelf the same way. Once you have installed wall brackets, utilizing wall studs along the way, place the complete shelving unit onto the wall brackets. If you are doing a large expanse of shelving, have a friend help you with lifting the shelves into place to avoid straining any shelving connections.

  • Complete all the shelving units the same way. Once they are all in place, add more security in the corner by screwing in two small 1-inch-by-1-inch wood strips just underneath the corner wall angles where they meet. Screw through from the top of the corner section into the wood strips underneath.

Tips & Warnings

  • An easy alternative is to have the shelving boards meet each other in the corner, one at a right angle to the other. It does cut some corner space, however.
  • Always use gloves when working with construction, drills and saws. Use eye protection whenever you use a saw.

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