Our new lazy susan pantry design

Our new do it yourself lazy susan pantry 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 is a tall kitchen pantry cabinet built into a storage closet.

I researched the available solutions at the local hardware stores and was appalled at the wasted spaces they left in the pantry. So I talked to my wife and son on how to build a kitchen pantry and made a pantry design for a 6 shelf Lazy Susan with corresponding back shelves that utilized all the space and wasted very little. This pantry closet design has lots of pantry organizers shelves and is a great do it yourself project.

Our pantry is a trapezoid shape that is 23” deep, 27” wide at the back and 41” wide at the front. I wanted to make the Lazy Susan as large as possible so that we all could reach into the back of the pantry easily. The trick was to find the center of pantry entrance and still clear the pantry door as the Lazy Susan swung around. Once I found this point I hung a plum bob from top inside of the pantry to the point I marked on the floor as the center of the pantry door.

I would suggest that you make a poster board template of the pantry floor to make all your measurements and drawings. Each shelf has a different dimension so make sure you know the largest and smallest dimensions. You should be able to come up with one set of dimensions that will work for all shelves. The shelves can then be cut to the smallest dimension and they should fit in any location.

design template for our lazy susan pantry

Our old shelves were only 23” deep but I designed the new shelves 24” deep so that we could use the shelf as a pivot point to attach the router to make the half circle cutouts for the Lazy Susan. Make sure that you route out the longer radius first for the back shelves and then shorten the radius for the Lazy Susan half circles. We made the cutout radius 3/4” different as I added a 1/4” lip to both the back shelf and to the Lazy Susan shelf to help keep food and boxes where they are supposed to be.

for our pantry design storage unit

I then mounted a 5/8” ID pillow block bearing at the top inside center of the door. I took a bail off of a 1/2” binder paper clip and inserted it into the pillow block hole and reattached the plum bob from the bottom of this bail loop. This then gave me the exact center point on the floor of the pantry to make all of the measurements from for our pantry design.

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