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How to design a lazy susan pantry cabinet.

Jun 9, 2008
Our pantry cabinet design began after my wife got fed up with trying to reach and find items in the back of our storage closet.

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. I talked with my son and wife about a 6 shelf Lazy Susan pantry cabinet design with back shelves that used all the space and wasted very little.

The pantry 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.

I decided to make the lazy susan as a one half semi circle shelf with the pivot post at the front of the closet door. I wanted to make the Lazy Susan shelves as large as possible so that we all could reach into the back of the pantry easily.

We needed to mount the lazy susan at the front of pantry entrance so that it would clear the closet door as it swung around. Once this point was found we mounted a 5/8 inch pillow block bearing to the top inside of the pantry door and hung a plum bob from it to the point marked at the front center of the closet door.

You should make a template out of poster board of the pantry cabinet floor to make your measurements and drawings. Each shelf may have an unequal dimension as the walls are not square, so determine the largest and smallest size. You need one set of dimensions that will work for all shelves. The shelves can then be cut to the smallest size and they should fit in any place.

I reviewed the design with my wife and sons and decided to proceed. We decided to paint the inside of the closet a solid white color so that it would be bright and make it easier to find items on the back shelves. We used all oak ply wood panels and stained them a natural oak color.
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Do you have a big kitchen pantry closet that you keep dry goods in but can never see what you need? Then see our pantry cabinet., or our lazy susan pantry, on how to design your own pantry.
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