How to: Build your own rolling pantry!

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 our 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 our 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 our 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 our cabinets of ALL of our 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 our entry bench! 😀 And no more random appliances taking up room in our hutch!

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  1. June 8, 2016 at 5:19 am

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

    • June 8, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you Rebecca, we love it!

  2. June 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm

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

  3. June 30, 2016 at 1:26 am

    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!

    • June 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Helen we love our rolling pantry!! I would recommend it for any kitchen, it is absolutely amazing how much stuff I fit in it!

  4. July 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    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

  5. July 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm

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

    • July 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you Michele, we love it!

  6. July 15, 2016 at 12:32 am

    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!

    • July 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Millie, we love it! It creates so much storage that just disappears when we roll it back!

  7. July 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm

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

    Edye |

  8. July 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

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

  9. July 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    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

  10. July 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm

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

    • July 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Carol 🙂 We love it!

  11. July 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm

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

  12. July 20, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    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!

  13. July 20, 2016 at 11:21 pm

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

  14. July 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing at SYC! 🙂 Jo

  15. Jann Olson
    July 24, 2016 at 4:56 am

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

  16. July 25, 2016 at 5:22 am

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

  17. July 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    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! 🙂

    • July 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Karen, that rolling pantry is one of my very favorite projects and I use it every single day! I can’t get over just how much I can get in there, thanks for coming by and commenting! 🙂

  18. July 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    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!

    • July 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you Chloe, I use it every day and just love it!

  19. July 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm

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

  20. July 26, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    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.

  21. July 29, 2016 at 6:49 pm

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

  22. July 29, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    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.

    • July 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Jen, we really love it!

  23. August 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

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

  24. August 3, 2016 at 12:01 am

    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!


    • August 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Mollie, we love how much storage it gives us!

  25. August 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    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!

    • August 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Kathryn, thanks so much for coming by!

  26. August 3, 2016 at 10:40 pm

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

  27. August 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm

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

  28. August 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    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

    • August 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you Carla! We love our pantry, I use it every day 🙂 I’m thinking about building something like this eventually for our shop but much bigger for paint!

  29. August 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

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

  30. August 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

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

  31. August 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    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 🙂

    • August 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Hey Angie, we love our rolling pantry! I was thinking about making one for our work shop too for paint! Thanks!

  32. August 14, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    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. 🙂

  33. August 20, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    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 !)

  34. August 21, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    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!


  35. Martha
    August 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    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 !

    • August 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Oh Martha, thank you so much! I was so fortunate to find Joe, not very many men out there would have been up for such a undertaking! But that’s how I knew he was the one 🙂 Thanks again!

  36. August 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    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!

  37. August 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

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

  38. August 27, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Looks so nice! What a great job.

  39. 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.

    • August 31, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Christine, I really love our pantry, I’m thinking about duplicating it for in our garage too, I can’t imagine anywhere where this wouldn’t work for great (and hidden storage) I saw the idea on Pinterest years ago so I had planned all along to build one for our kitchen. I knew it would be cool, but I had no idea how much I would love it! Thanks!!

  40. September 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

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

    • September 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you Beverly! 🙂

  41. September 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

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

    • September 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Alicia, thank you! It’s such great easy storage!

  42. September 7, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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

  43. September 10, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    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.


    • September 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Oh Kathleen, thank you so much!

  44. JES
    September 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

    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! 🙂

  45. JES
    October 17, 2016 at 11:50 am

    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! 🙂

    • October 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Yay, thank you so much!!

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