How to Build a Food Pantry


Pantries are a necessary amenity for the homeowner who likes things organized. Building a food pantry is one way to be certain yours does exactly what you need it to do. The design for building your food pantry should be based on foods that you regularly purchase in conjunction with the available space you have to install it.

Things You'll Need

  • Two boards, 1 by 12 by 84 inches
  • Six boards, 1 by 12 by 46 1/2 inches
  • 12 boards, 1 by 2 by 46 1/2 inches
  • Variable speed drill
  • Countersink bit
  • Wood glue
  • Philips head screw tip
  • 1 ½ inch drywall screws
  • Place the two boards that are 84 inches long on a work table side by side. Measure from one end and make marks at 15 7/8 inches. Next, measure from that mark 15 7/8 inches and make another mark. Repeat this until all the shelves are marked. You can change the space between the shelves as you desire to accommodate the food items you purchase most often.

  • Place the speed square on the marks and draw a line across the width of the 1 by 12 inch boards. Drill two countersink holes on each line drawn for the shelves.

  • Place the six 1 by 12 by 46 1/2 inch boards along with the 1 by 2 inch boards. These are the shelves and their supports. Drill countersink holes down the long edges of the shelves in the front and the rear.

  • Apply glue to the long edge of the 1 by 2 inch supports. Secure them to the shelves through the countersink holes with the 1 ½ inch drywall screws. Each shelf gets two supports.

  • Apply glue to the ends of two shelves and place them between the 84 inch boards at either end. Be certain to turn the supports to the inside of the food pantry as illustrated in the cutaway.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean excess glue immediately with a damp cloth. Secure the food pantry to the wall through one of the supports if necessary.
  • Do not leave power tools unattended in the presence of children. Do not stain or paint the food pantry without proper ventilation.

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