How to: Build your own rolling pantry!

Oct 21 2015
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I knew from the very beginning with Grandma’s house that the kitchen would end up being a bit of a galley. At first I leaned to using the closet under our stairs for our pantry but it worked out too well for that to be our wood storage. I also knew that we would probably have enough storage to make it work without a pantry but upon running into several, narrow, rolling pantrys on Pinterest (Check out this one, isn’t it gorgeous!?) I knew exactly what I would be building!

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIYI have lived in several houses now with the nightmare situation of having a refrigerator smack up beside a wall, making it impossible to open it more then half way. How on earth anyone manages to design a kitchen with this horrible flaw is absolutely beyond my comprehension. So, moving the refrigerator over a little (so we could open it fully) meant I created the perfect little hideaway for a rolling pantry.

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIY

You can see in the above picture that I had a couple of things I needed to do to “prep” the spot first before I got to building the pantry. It had to sit far enough out from the wall to clear the light switches so I added two 2x4s to give it the support it needed and also to bring it out for the clearance. I also added this going straight down from the cabinet above it (I built this pantry meanwhile I was also building the above the refrigerator cabinet so I could trim this pantry out along with the cabinet above it).

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIY

I chose to build the whole thing out of 2x8s knowing that that would give me a 7 inch depth. From there I took some measurements. To get the height I also made sure to account for the height of the casters I chose. To get the depth I made sure that the pantry would not actually hit the wall in the back. It was just a case then of getting all of my boards cut and screwing it all together. I chose to put the shelves about every foot. The casters I chose DO NOT swivel, I made certain to get the ones that were set in one direction and then, when I attached them with screws, I put them as widely spaced on the bottom of the pantry as I could. Because of this the pantry actually stands on its own as long as no one (or any big dogs…) bumps it, though it will never really need to.

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIY

We had several pieces of bead board left over from when we covered my ceilings so I’ve been using it pretty liberally for all of the kitchen cabinets etc. I simply cut a full piece of bead board with a jig saw and tacked it to the back of the pantry with my brad nailer. Unless we were standing literally outside the house on the deck, with the back door open, we would not be able reach for anything on the other side of the pantry anyway.

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIY

These shots I took after I stood it up and made sure it fit, I should have trimmed it out first but it was getting late and my husband got home from his own day job so it was time for me to call it a night. Besides, I just had to see if it worked! You can see how out of level my floors are by looking at the gap between the pantry and refrigerator, oh well, its an old house! You can also see I had already tacked on the 1×4 trim running down both sides of the pantry but I still had to add the trim to each of the shelves and the front.

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIY

Ok here we are now with my trimming out the whole pantry. This was a little tricky when it came to the material I had to work with. (I own a small car that will not accommodate much and we’re ten miles from town so I just work with what I’ve got most of the time if I can.) All I had in the garage at this point was either 1x8s or 1x4s… and I couldn’t use either of them to make me happy. So, I ended up using one 1×8 and one 1×4. You can see how I over hang the 1×8 by quite a bit so when the pantry rolled back the 1×8 would hit the bottom of the top cabinet and all along the right side of the 2×4 brace I put on the wall (which I also covered in a 1×4). When the pantry is rolled away it is completely supported and is not so deep that it hits the wall behind it.

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIY

Here I am just finished up the pantry, adding 1×4 trim to each one of the shelves. It tidies up the look of the whole thing but it also created a lip to help keep everything on the shelf. At some point I may make this pantry a bit prettier (much like so many of those amazing ones on Pinterest) but as it is the bare wood is ok by us and, really, we’re the only people that see it 🙂

How to a build a rolling pantry @GrandmasHousDIY

And there you have it! After two coats of paint and two coats of poly on the front of it I added a simple chrome handle and am absolutely over the moon with how much storage we have! I emptied out my cabinets of ALL of my dried goods, baking goods, pasta and canned goods and they all fit! And I was finally able to bring everything into the kitchen and store it there. No more crock pots in my entry bench! And no more random appliances taking up room in my hutch!

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Rebecca West

I’ve always wanted to build one of these! Pinning! Thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

Marilyn Lesniak

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and tweeted.

Helen Fern

Oh my gosh!! This is so perfect! I have been wanting my husband to do this next to our stove!!Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

Nikki Gwin

My husband made one of these over 10 years ago in one of our rental houses! He will be thrilled to know that they are now in style. LOL
I can’t wait to see how you dress it up.
🙂 gwingal


Clever and yes, more storage indeed. I love when we can get creative with unused space and create actually more. Great job.


too cool! I don’t have that space but I know some others I could do similar too! Brilliant and thanks for sharing the diy!


I LOVE rolling pantries! I’ve always wondered how they were built; now I know 😉

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Kim Six

What a great build! I love it! Pinning! Thanks for sharing at you’re gonna love it!

lorraine Williamson

love it I know what type of pinterest board I’ll be making next thanks for the tips pinning and sharing have a great week


Taralyn, great use of a small space that now becomes totally functional. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Desgin Link Party.


Excellent idea. I need this. Thanks for the post.


This turned out so great!

I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


Love this idea!
This will be my feature tomorrow at Our Simple Homestead Hop!

Joanne E Boulter

Thank you for sharing at SYC! 🙂 Jo

Jann Olson

Such a great idea. So handy and a fabulous way to take advantage of wasted space! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

Sylvia D.

Tara, Your pantry looks great! It has to be nice to have your dry goods in the kitchen. Good Job. Sylvia D.

Karen Del Tatto

Wow! This is awesome!!! I LOVE this idea!

Just today I was thinking once my daughter, son-in-law and 16 month old granddaughter move into their home, my house will need a major organization overhaul.

You have inspired me! 🙂

Chloe Crabtree

I am so impressed with your skills! You really nailed (pun intended) this project! You certainly created a great amount of storage, I am amazed at all of the space there! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

Elaine Matthews

You are so creative!! What a great project!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite things on Thursday! Pinned!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Fabulous! I wish I had a set up that I could do that. Unfortuneately, my kitchen is sooooo tiny with zero wasted space. Your project came out really nice.

Mary Ellis

What a lovely, functional project! Nicely done! You are certainly talented! Thanks for sharing.


The storage in my kitchen is abysmal. I need something like this in my life!Pretty and functional 🙂

Thanks for sharing your completed project at the Happy Now Link-Up!

Have a great weekend.

Eclectic Evelyn

Love this! Pinning and sharing. Thanks for sharing this at #TrafficJAmWeekend Linky Party

Frugal Hausfrau

Great idea! I think many of us with older homes have a few awkward spaces, especially where the fridges go! I know I do. That’s where I keep my paper and reusable bags but I can see now it could be so much more!

Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!



Wow, that’s awesome. We turned out coat closet into a pantry, but there’s a space by my fridge that would be perfect for this!


That is a very smart idea! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Jamie Marie

Very nice post, I like your rolling pantry! Thanks for sharing with us on the homesteader hop!

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R

Hi Tarahlynn, what an excellent idea. I love this rolling pantry and it looks seamless when closed. It’s a fabulous idea for a small galley kitchen. Thank you so much for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays Pinned, Tweeted, Shared

Keith Haney

What a neat idea. We have such a small kitchen and need more space. This would be a fun project. Thanks for sharing.


Perfect idea for that space! I love the idea of fixing up your grandmothers’ furniture too. The people at would love to see this!

Angie Rose

Oh, this is brilliant! I’ve been wanting to make something like this for years!! I’m always looking for ways to add storage in small spaces. Thank you for the inspiration and for linking up with us over at Dishing It & Digging It 🙂


That looks wonderful! So glad you shared this with us at the DI & DI Link Party also. I hope it brought you new friends an some good traffic too. Going to share this on my FB page for my followers, they need to see this. 🙂


This is absolutely incredible, what a fantastic idea! I have the problem of having a small kitchen and never enough space, now you’ve given me ideas on how to fix that, thank you! (found you via #ourminilinkyparty !)


Great job! I don’t have enough room next to my fridge to do this plus I have almost too much storage space (if that’s possible) in my current house but I am planning to downsize in the future so I’ve pinned this, it’s such a great idea!



I think you did a fabulous job! I am pleased that you saw value in your grandparents
home and chose to live there. You’ll never regret it. And, God bless your sweet
husband for joining in your desire to restore your home. Its a beautiful country
kitchen, loaded with space (that I envy). I wish you and your hubby many happy years
together !

Lisa Ehrman

More storage is terrific and hidden storage is even better! You did an amazing job here 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at Together on Tuesdays!


Yes, please! Love your rolling pantry DIY/tutorial.Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & sharing

Mother of 3

Looks so nice! What a great job.

Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life

This is a great project. Thanks so much for sharing this over at Let’s Get Real. I have a super tiny kitchen and I am always looking for ways to make it more functional. It just takes a little thinking. I have some friends that I know will love this project as well. I’m going to share this with them.


This is a great storage idea and you built such a wonderful rolling pantry. Thanks for sharing this with us at Snickerdoodle! Pinned.

Alicia Owen

That’s neat! I would love to have something like that…if I ever have the room or organize the house! lol


Great project! I love how it was useful as well as cute! I featured this project on A Little Bird Told Me this week.


I am so happy to have your posts on the Blogger’s Pit Stop, they are so very interesting, practical and helpful. The projects you do are amazing.



I LOVE this idea and pinned it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂


Good morning! This is just a little note to let you know we have *FEATURED* this post today on the ART OF HOME-MAKING MONDAYS at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth. Thank you for joining us! We hope to have you again this week and have a lovely week! 🙂


Many years ago when dinosaurs first roamed the earth and I lived in a house trailer we made one of these type of pantries. They add so much storage and the ease of access is amazing. Every home should come with one of these. Love your version, I bet you are going to enjoy it every day for years.

Have a good week. Leanna

Amber Harrop

Tarahlynn I love seeing your projects they are so clever and I wish I had room for one of these in my Kitchen !!

Julie Christiansen

What a great functional project! Thanks for sharing!

Megin | VMG206

What a neat idea, Tarahlynn. I have a very small kitchen and this might be a great solution for some extra storage.
I’m visiting from Sew It Cook It Craft It.
~ Megin of VMG206


Wonderful! It turned out great! Thanks for sharing your tutorial at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

Iris Nacole
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