DIY Project: Food Storage Shelf
April 14, 2014 | 6 comment(s)
Do you feel like you’ve run out of room to store all your food storage?
If so, we’ve got another Do It Yourself solution for you. For your next DIY project, consider making a canned food organizer. Now, I know you’ve probably seen a lot b of different DIY shelf organizers on the web that range from flipping wire shelves upside down in a closet to putting Lazy Susan shelves into a traditional pantry.
So what makes this canned food organizer different than all the rest? It’s a shelf that slides out from the space between your fridge and the wall. It makes great use of wasted space.
Instead of taking up extra space in your cabinets and cupboards, this shelf creates a totally new space to store your food and other supplies in. We found a tutorial from Mallory at classyclutter.net that shows you a step-by-step process for making a canned food organizer.
Photo courtesy of ClassyClutter.net
Here’s what you’ll need:
9 – 1×4s cut to 29 1/2″ (top board, shelves, bottom board)
2 – 1×4s, cut to 64″ (Side boards)
1 – Thin board, cut to 31 1/2 x 64″ (Mallory used bead board/wainscoting board from Home Depot)
4 – 1 ½-2″ Metal Casters that hold 50+ lbs (Mallory used 2″, 80lbs)
7 – 7/16 dowels cut to 30″ long (lumber section of Home Depot)
Handle or knob
Paint and Brush, Roller, or Sprayer (if needed)
Tools and Supplies:
7/16″ drill bit for drilling dowel holes
Several wood screws (purchase a bulk-size bag or box to make sure you have enough)
Several 2″ nails (purchase a bulk-size bag or box to make sure you have enough)
Several finishing nails (purchase a bulk-size bag or box to make sure you have enough)
Essentially you’re going to build a ladder-like structure and then put a back panel onto it so that all your food stays in place. Put the completed structure on wheels and put a handle on the side so that you can easily roll the shelving unit out.
For step-by-step instructions and pictures, check out the article, “DIY Canned Food Organizer Tutorial—Build Your Own.” Or check out this “imgr” food storage shelf tutorial as an alternative technique for building this awesome shelf.
Want more DIYs?
Check out this list of 60+ DIY Kitchen Shelf projects from diyncrafts.com that can help you organize your cabinets, pots and pans, spices, and much more.
If you’re looking for more “unconventional” places to store your emergency supplies, check out our “No Room for Supplies?” Pinterest Board and read our article, “Baby Steps: Make Room for your Food and Supply Storage.”
Where do you store your store your food storage and emergency supplies?