How to Design and Build a Lazy Susan Pantry Cabinet

Our pantry kitchen design started when my wife finally got disgusted with the problem of trying to reach and find items in the back of our kitchen storage pantry, and so did I.

It had 5 shelves from ceiling to floor and was so deep. You could store a lot of stuff in there, but you couldn’t get to over half of it with out pulling a bunch of stuff off of the shelves.

We checked at all the local hardware stores and were not happy with all the wasted spaces they left in the cabinet, so we decided to do a kitchen diy project. I talked with my son and wife about a 6 shelf Lazy Susan pantry cabinet design with corresponding back shelves that used all the space and wasted very little.

The pantry storage cabinet is 76 inches high, 23″ deep, 27″ wide at the back and 41″ wide at the front. The pantry is large and can hold a lot of storage items.

We needed to make the Lazy Susan large so that we could reach into the back of the pantry. We decided to make the lazy susan shelf a half semi circle with the pivot point at the front of the pantry door.

We needed to find the center of pantry entrance and still clear the pantry door as the Lazy Susan pivoted. After we found this point we mounted a 5/8 inch pillow block bearing to the top inside of the pantry door. We hung a plum bob from the center of this bearing above the front center of the pantry door to the point marked on the floor.

You need to make a poster board template of the closet floor of all the measurements and drawings. Each shelf has a different size so make sure you know the largest and smallest size. You should be able to come up with one size that will work for all shelves. The shelves can then be cut to the smallest size and they should fit any location.

My wife, my sons and I decided to paint the inside of the pantry a white color so that it would be bright and easy to find items on the back shelves and the lazy susan shelves. We wanted to used all oak plywood panels and stain them a natural oak color.

Do you have a large kitchen pantry closet that you store dry goods in but can never find what you want? Then check out Bruce Contryman’s web site on “How to Design and Build a Lazy Susan Pantry our pantry cabinet, or our lazy susan pantry, on how to design your own pantry.

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