Pantry Roll Out Shelves

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Project by DaveC6 posted 02-26-2009 07:10 AM 15353 views 26 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our house has three cabinets that had shelfs that were 24” deep. The last photo is a “before” picture of one of those cabinets. Since the shelfs were fixed, we could never see what was in the back of each shelf. So one day I found about 10 bottles of ketchup, 12 salsas, 15 BBQ sauce.. you get the idea. I knew I could improve this with roll out shelfs. Each one slides out all the way for full access. If I recall I used the heavy duty slides, something like 100lb limit. The frames are 3/4” solid red oak and the bottoms are 3/4” melamine which provide a good wear-resistant surface for canned goods. Probably overkill, but they are strong. This is the most practical project I’ve done. I also added a couple of roll outs under the stove where there was only two fixed shelfs for pots and pans. I need to do it to the other lower cabinets. Hope this gives someone an idea for their house.

-- Dave

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#1 posted 02-26-2009 07:15 AM

Nice… That’s just what I need to do in ours… Did it on a smaller scale at the old place.. New house needs one more cabinet built, muck like that, but smaller.. ;)

Good job and great storage solution! :)

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 02:06 PM

ooooooooh I’m drooling!!!!
this is AWESOME.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-26-2009 03:11 PM

nothing like roll outs in a pantry.

2 cent tip… the drawer out on the hinge side of the door and the rool out never hits the door in the event some one doesnt fully open the door.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 03:51 PM

Dave, this is a nice organizational lift that you added to your home. The roll out shelves are a necessity for getting at items in the back. When we re-did our kitchen this past summer that is one thing that my wife “insisted” on having in all of the cabinets.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-26-2009 03:59 PM

Looks awesome, i need to do this next… what are you going to do with your “marble shelfs” you have left over? :)

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#6 posted 02-26-2009 05:15 PM

Very cool idea—that’s what I was considering for ours, but instead I think I’m going to put in a metal grid to hang pots and pans and get them out of our other cabinet . . . which then frees it up for other things. Hmm. Great work!

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#7 posted 02-26-2009 05:45 PM

Man, that is sooooo organized!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 02-26-2009 10:02 PM

Nice solution to a problem that most of us have. Thanks for the idea.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 02-26-2009 11:21 PM

This is something I’m putting on the “todo” list for myself. Awesome project.

-- Andy Stark

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#10 posted 02-27-2009 03:36 AM

Dave, Welcome to LumberJocks. Thanks for posting I so would like to knock out our pantry and put in a cabinet like this one. So hard to find stuff in the back.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 02-27-2009 04:43 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Thanks for posting your pantry photos. I have what looks to be a very similar pantry in my kitchen and have been thinking of doing the same thing. Mine are 40” wide and the same depth I am curious how wide yours are. I was thinking of only doing two sections and just splitting it down the middle. I am new to this forum also and am amazed at how many ideas that are presented. Again Good Job!
Thanks again!

-- Vern, Southern CA

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#12 posted 02-27-2009 07:00 AM

Thanks for all the great comments and great reception to LJ’s everyone! Glad I found this place.

Vern, each cabinet is only 17.25” wide at the opening. The stove was 30” wide where I added two roll out shelves just like these but they hold less weight with just pots and pans. I believe that 40” could work with heavy duty roll out guides. You may consider lighter wood because a 40” by 24” solid oak box would be very heavy without any cans and bottles. The bottom panel would have to be 3/4” like these or it would bow from the weight of the items. Mine are overkill for their size and are very heavy empty. Then the other issue is do you really need such a big box? Probably not, I think you can make smaller/shorter sides to save weight. I have some deep and some shallow depending on what we put on them. Boxes got taller sides than the ones with cans.

Thanks again everyone!

-- Dave

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#13 posted 02-28-2009 10:15 AM

Oh man…You really don’t want to see my pantry! When they built this house, they used wire shelves everywhere. Great for air circulation but horrible for holding anything upright! I really like this idea of yours and could incorporate it into every area in this house…from bath to shop!

I’m presently figuring out how to add a pull-out shelf to hold the whiskey bottles in my den/office cabinets. I want to hide the hardware though as best as I can. Probably put the sliders on the drawer bottom.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 05-22-2009 02:58 AM

Very nice job Dave, The Full extension slides are definetly the way to go with deep roll out shelves. You are correct on the over kill also. Using 3/4 material throught cuts down on how much you can put in the shelves, not only because of the weight but the 3/4 sidewall material also takes away from storage area.

We use 1/2” red oak veener ply or in solids, we mill the 3/4” stock down to 1/2” to make our roll outs. You can do a dado 1/2” up from the bottom and insert 1/4 mdf melamine, which also reduces shelf weight. Also by dadoing up 1/2 from the bottom, you now have area to fasten a stiffener board for wider shelves without the stiffener being visible.

One more devious plug, We handle door protectors that mount to the shelf so the slide hardware doesn’t scratch the door as mentioned by Roman.


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