Roll Out Pantry - For Narrow Gaps in Kitchen Cabinets or Fridge

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If you have a narrow open space in your kitchen, maybe next to your fridge, you can make this space useful.  In this tutorial, we'll walk you through how to build a roll out pantry shelf that can slide in the wasted space.  Free plans with step by step diagrams from


This is a great way to add some extra storage in an awkward gap in the kitchen!  You can use as a pantry, a spice rack, or even a cleaning closet!

We love this idea so much, you could even incorporate into a new kitchen design.

roll out pantry plans

diagram showing dimensions of roll out pantry
Customize to fit your kitchen space


Shopping List
  • 1x boards in desired width (about 4 boards, each 8 feet long)

    • 1x4s for 4" gap
    • 1x6s for 6" gap
    • 1x8s for 8" gap
    • 1x10s for 10" gap
    • 1x12s for 12" gap
  • 3/4" diameter wood dowels, 36" long each, one per shelf
  • One full sheet of 1/4" thick plywood
  • 4 fixed caster wheels, 2-3" in height with screws
  • 1-1/4" pocket hole screws (recommended) or 2" self tapping wood construction screws (about 25 for 1x4, 1x6, 1x8 widths, about 40 for 1x10, 1x12 widths)
  • 5/8" brad nails or staples for attaching the back
  • 1-1/4" brad nails or 2" wood trim screws for attaching the wood dowels (two screws per dowel)
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x boards @ desired height minus height of caster wheels - sides
  • 6 - 1x boards @ desired depth minus 2" - shelves (can have more or less shelves)
  • 6 - 3/4" wood dowels @ same length as shelves (if more or less shelves, adjust number of dowels to match)
  • 1/4" plywood for back is cut to fit
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Figure the measurement for the sides and the shelves and cut using a compound miter saw.

Attach the shelves to the sides using a Kreg Jig on the 3/4" setting and 1-1/4" pocket holes (recommended for strength).

Step 2

Measure and cut the back 1/4" plywood to fit.

Nail and glue to all back edges of 1x boards.

Step 3

Attach dowels to inside of sides.

Step 4

Attach caster wheels to base of shelf.  

Add handle as desired.



Tue, 09/24/2019 - 16:30

Do you think this can be made deeper?  I need one about 15 inches deep (side) by 38 inches wide (front) and 72 inches tall.  I will be making it look like it is a "pantry" by using faux cabinet doors on one end but it will be a pull out.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ana White

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:01

Yes, the size should actually be better bigger, as it will increase stability.

I'd use 3/4" plywood ripped into strips of the width you need, and then just go from there.

Please post a pic when you are done!