How To Build A Food Storage Pantry: 5 Easy Steps
Food storage pantries are tools that encourage organization. Most professionals will tell you to declutter where possible.
The fewer items you have lying around, the easier it becomes to maintain order in your home.
However, when it comes to the kitchen, you do not have the luxury of decluttering. There are some items that you simply have to keep around the home, regardless of the mess they create.
But this is why pantries exist, to create beautiful harmony where there was once chaos.
What is a Food Storage Pantry?
Pantries are spaces that are designed specifically for storage purposes. A pantry can be a room, a cabinet or even a line of shelves.
And you can use it to store anything you see fit. However, pantries are most commonly used to keep food items.
The right food storage pantry could cost you several thousand dollars to acquire, which is why so many people choose to build their own food storage pantries.
How to Build a Food Storage Pantry?
There is no definitive approach to building a food storage pantry because pantries can take all shapes, forms, and sizes.
Any space in your home can become a pantry. But if you have no free spaces or shelves just lying around, building a pantry is a simple matter of constructing a cabinet.
What You Need to Build Your Food Storage Pantry?
You will require an impact driver, a combination square, a rubber mallet, screws, a drill, and a couple of boards and panels.
What You Should Do?
Before you even start construction, you need to take a moment to create the shelves that will hold the contents of your cabinet. Once that is done, follow these steps as best as you can:
1). Back and Top Panels
Get your back and top panels. The back panel is typically the long one, while the top panel is much shorter. But the sizes will depend on your preference.
Drill holes along the top sections of both panels. Once you are done, place the back and top panels next to one another in a manner that creates an L shape.
Line up their holes and then drill screws into place. You can use your mallet to ensure that everything is even
2). Side Panels
At this point in time, the back and top panels that you screwed together are lying on their side. Place a panel on top of them both. This will act as the first side panel.
You should have drilled all the necessary holes along the top sections beforehand. Line up these holes and then insert the screws to attach the side panel to the top and back panel.
Once you are done, turn the whole structure over such that the first side panel is now on the floor. You can then proceed to cover up the resulting open space with the second side panel.
Apply the screws and use the rubber mallet to ensure that everything lines up properly.
With the top and back panels, and the sides formally in place, you can proceed to attach and also screw the base panel in.
If you are struggling to evenly position the base panel, first attach and screw it to the back panel, and then proceed to screw it onto the other panels.
If all your panels have been evenly connected and the screws tightened, you can then insert the plastic feet.
These are base plates that you can buy at any hardware store. They are what your cabinet will stand on. All you have to do is to screw them in place under the base panel.
But they are not essential. Your cabinet can survive without them.
Once the skeleton of the cabinet is complete, go ahead and install the shelves. You need to drill holes into the side panels.
Insert the brackets, line them up with these holes and then hold them in place using screws. After this, you can position the shelves on top of the brackets.
And that is all you need to do to build a cabinet that will act as your food storage pantry.
Notice that no solid measurements are provided for the panels and the shelves. A lot of factors must be considered before you construct a pantry.
You need to think about the available space in your kitchen, the size of the items you will store, their weight, and so on and so forth.
You are the only one that can determine what sort of pantry you need.
Only you can figure out the length of the back panels and the width of the side panels, or even the thickness of the shelves.
This is because you are the only one that knows the parameters, variables, and restrictions you are working with when it comes to your kitchen.