Add Space & Convenience with a Simple DIY Pantry

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this but we were using a stand up clothes armoire as a simple DIY pantry in our kitchen because we didn’t have enough space to hold all our food stuffs. Hey, you do what you need to do.  And I needed more space for my canned goods. Roy, who’s not a carpenter, finally decided he was going to make us a pantry as part of our outdated kitchen transformation.

It would be small and in the  corner, but it would be floor to ceiling. So he designed it using Googles free program SketchUp.  Then he bought the materials and started building! I’m amazed at how much this small pantry holds. I was able to empty the “armoire” pantry and a couple of cupboards.  You can watch him make it start to finish below. If you enjoy these do it yourself wood projects, you might also like our DIY Bed Canopy.

Supplies

I had not added these when the post was originally created so I asked Roy to try and recall the cost. Here is what he used and the cost to the best of his memory.

  • 12 2″x4″ : $36
  • 3 pieces of wallboard. $30
  • Door: $32
  • Drywall Compound, Spreader and Sandpaper (we had these) 12 lbs of compound runs $12 on Amazon.
  • Paint, White (we had this also)
  • You would most likely need trim which varies in cost.

SHELVES

  • 6 each 1”x2”x8’ boards (shelf supports)  Approx. $1.32 each ($7.92)
  • 2 each 1/2”x4’x8’ (shelves)  Approx. $12 each ($24)

TOTAL COST $98 (not including the things we had already)

Simple DIY Pantry Plans

We’ve had so many people ask about sizes and plans that we’ve added a download that has that information. Or the best we can give anyway. Roy used the free software Google Sketchup to draw up the plans to fit our space. We’ve included the pictures which show all the dimensions and the actual Google Sketch up file itself should you want to grab the program and pull it in.

Plans pdf

Google Sketchup File (zip format)

After unzipping the .skp file can be opened in the free program Google Sketchup.

This is the corner it was going in to. Not very big is it? (FYI it has been painted)Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

This is what we were using for a pantry along with a couple of the kitchen cupboards.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Roy LOVES messing around Google SketchUp and he designed the new pantry.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The start of the framing now begins!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The outlet was on the wall which would now be “inside’ the pantry so Roy had to move it. Fairly easy job. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

After the frame was up, the sheet rock was cut and put up. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Then wood strips were added for the shelves. We purchased six 1″x 2″s and cut them to lengths for holding our shelves.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The sheet rock was mudded and sanded by our son Adam. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Roy began painting the inside. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

After carefully measuring the dimensions, shelves were cut out of 1/2” MDF board.  These shelves will eventually lay down on top of the supports we previously installed.

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

More sanding by Adam. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Shelves inserted and painted.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.  The final step. The door!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

The door and frame were painted.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Though this will be part of the decorating post you get a sneak peek. We added a label to the door.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Perfect! You’ll see more later!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Actually there was one more step. Roy added some shelving on the side so we could get rid of a bakers rack that held a variety of appliances. Now came the fun part. Filling the new pantry!Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

I can’t believe how much stuff we could fit into that small pantry. We opened up so much cupboard space in addition to getting rid of the old armoire. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

I purchased a special container on wheels for Oliver’s dog food. We can now store paper towels inside rather than in the garage. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

Items that are not used as much go on the upper shelf. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

I don’t get all fancy with my organizing in here as there is such a turnaround. I just keep it neat. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner. Add space and convenience to your small kitchen with this simple DIY pantry! It has floor to ceiling shelves, a door and it fits perfectly into a corner.

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28 Comments

    1. Nancy Author

      You bet Darla. I had someone else ask that. The pantry size is 3′ from the corner on the right side looking at it as that’s as far as we could go due to the walkway opening. Then it’s 4 feet on the left side looking at it. That was just a size we determined so we could have room for the shelves we wanted and still have enough space to open the fridge…. not make it too crowded.

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      1. Darla Davidson

        Thank you so much,my son bought me my what will be forever home and I am remodeling it myself. The kitchen is a blank slate and I knew I wanted a pantry but I could not figure out how to add it in with everything else in the space I have. I have a exterior door on one wall with a corner very close to yours and it had me stumped. Thank you so much for posting this, it’s perfect.

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  1. Shelagh

    I don’t know if you will see this comment, but thank you all the way from Scotland!
    I have been saving ideas for a pantry and lately the ideas have been closer to my dream, I even had a chap came to fix a tap and he said, “I could build you a pantry”!
    Hubby is delighted, DIY man he isn’t, although we both used to enjoy “Home Improvemnts” lol!
    Thank you so much ♡

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    1. Nancy Author

      Hi Shelagh! I see everyone one of my comments and reply if needed. Even from Scotland. Ü I LOVE hearing from readers. Thank you so much for the kind comment. And your very welcome. Ü

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    1. Nancy Author

      Here is the best estimate my husband could recall. I’ll put this on the post also:
      12 2″x4″ : $36
      3 pieces of wallboard. $30
      Door: $32

      Drywall Compound, Spreader and Sandpaper (we had these) 12 lbs of compound runs $12 on Amazon. http://amzn.to/2Bj7Jo6
      Paint, White (we had this also)
      You would most likely need trim which varies in cost.

      TOTAL COST $98 (not counting the things we had already)

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  2. Jeanne

    This is a genius idea! I’m so impressed – and it even has a real door!
    Many years ago we had a carpenter carve a tiny mudroom out of a little garage space. It made such a difference to not have a pile of shoes and backpacks on the kitchen floor. Now after reading your post, I’m looking around my house and looking at ‘dead space’ corners to see what I could do with them :).

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    1. Nancy Author

      Hi Linda! I’m still waiting for the details list of those… I didn’t realize I forgot that! But my husband said “1/2 inch MDF board that sits in thin 1×2 ledger boards”. He’s supposed to get me specifics which I’ll let you know once I get them. Thanks so much!

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    2. Nancy Author

      Hi Linda, I’ve updated the post with the following info:

      6 each 1”x2”x8’ boards (shelf supports) Approx. $1.32 each ($7.92)
      2 each 1/2”x4’x8’ (shelves) Approx. $12 each ($24)

      When you scroll down to the pics that show the 1×2 strips for the shelves, I would say something like… we purchased six 1×2’s and cut them to lengths for holding our shelves. Further down the page where it shows the pic that says that…
      Shelves were cut… I’d just expand on it to say something like… After carefully measuring the dimensions, shelves were cut out of 1/2” MDF board. These shelves will eventually lay down on top of the supports we previously installed.

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