Barn Door Cabinet with Mini Fridge and Microwave

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 10/14/2018 - 14:38
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This barn door cabinet holds a mini fridge and microwave!  It's perfect for dorm rooms, guest rooms, rec rooms, airbnbs, lobbies, or break rooms!  Free plans by

Want to upgrade your guest room, dorm room, break room, airbnb rental by adding a microwave, mini fridge and coffee maker? And also happen to love barn door anything?

Well, how about a barn door cabinet, with mini fridge microwave snack cabinet (that also holds the coffee maker)?

Not only is the mini fridge cabinet totally gorgeous, but oh so functional too!  It's sized just right for a mini fridge (we got the 2.6 cubic feet one) and a small microwave, with still lots of room for snacks or dinnerware.  And the top is nice and big for a coffee maker and serving snacks from.

We spent about $100 on this barn door cabinet - including the barn door hardware! - and it was a very easy build!

You can watch us build it - and DIY the barn door hardware - in this video -

Yep, we DIYed the barn door hardware.  Out of WASHERS.  

And it worked!

I'll get working on the barn door hardware tutorial right away, so you can hack your own for about $15. UPDATE: I've posted the tutorial for this DIY Barn Door Hardware with supply list here.

We stained our door with Varathane Aged Wood Accelerator in Rustic Brown Look-

Such a great color!

Are you ready to have your own barn door snack cabinet?  Start spoiling those guests? You can get building on the barn door snack cabinet right now, the plans are below.





DIY Mini Fridge Barn Door Cabinet Plans

Dimensions for the barn door cabinet shown above


Shopping List

4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

2 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long

1 - 3/4" plwyood 48" x 96"

1 - 1/4" plywood 24" x 24"

48" barn door hardware 

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 20-1/2" x 45" - bottom

2 - 3/4" plywood @ 20-1/2" x 35-1/4" - sides

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 20-1/2" x 30-3/4" - divider

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 20-1/2" x 22-1/8" - microwave shelf

2 - 1x2 @ 22-1/8" - back supports

1- 1x2 @ 27-1/4" - face frame center

2 - 1x3 @ 31-3/4" - face frame legs

1 - 1x3 @ 41-1/2" - face fame bottom

2 - 1x3 @ about 21-1/4" - cut to fit - footer sides

1 - 1x3 @ about 48" - cut to fit - footer front

4 - 1x6 @ 47-7/8" - top (cut 1x6 boards in half)

Door should be cut to fit, approximately 2 - 1x3 @ 28" and 2 - 1x3 @ 17" and Back Plywood 24" x 19"



Cutting Instructions

All the plywood can fit on one sheet.  First rip the plywood into two strips, 96" long by 20-1/2" wide.  

From the 20-1/2" strips, cross cut as shown below.


A table saw is preferred but a circular saw will work, especially with a track system (Kreg sells a nice easy to use one) or if you clamp a board and use it as a guide.  Another alternative is to have your home improvement store make the plywood cuts, or at the very least, the initial rips - this will make transporting and working with the plywood much easier.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the carcass using a Kreg Jig set for 3/4" thick material.  Drill three pocket holes at each joint and attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Leave 3-3/4" space underneath the bottom shelf (or simply use the divider as a spacer when placing the bottom shelf).


You can wait to add the shelf (after next step) so the microwave is perfectly placed in the face frame, or add now too.

Step 2

Drill two 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the 1x2 back supports.  Attach at back top with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Build the face frame with pocket holes first on your tabletop.  

Then attach to front of cabinet with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Alternatively, you can attach face fram with pocket holes on inside of cabinet as we did in the video.

Step 4

Measure and cut the footer sides.  Nail and glue on with 1-1/4" brad nails.

Measure and cut the front.  Nail and glue the front piece on.

Step 5

Step 6

The door should be built to fit the barn door hardware.  This is the dimensions that we used for our door with our homeade hardware (tutorial coming soon!)



Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:53

I absolutely love this piece and I am about to start on it this week! But, I was hoping you could clear up the confusion for me. Some people on here are saying that it’s 1x4’s on the top and not 1x6’s.


Thu, 08/06/2020 - 23:23

What colour is the paint that you used for this project? I couldn’t see the paint colour name anywhere in the plans. Thank you!

stephan bevan

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 08:56

Hi Ana, I want to build this for my sister, but her fridge is 30" high. I was thinking of either making the sides and center 3" higher, or removing the base and front trim on the left side, but I was a little concerned about the strength of the left wing while transporting it. Which would you do?

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