Building a DIY walk in pantry has been at the top of my list for a remodeling project in our double wide mobile home kitchen. Here is a look at the progress and reveal.
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Built in Kitchen Pantry
When we first purchased our double wide mobile home, it had a very small pantry with wire shelves. The pantry was in the middle of the kitchen and dining room space, and backed up against the marriage wall to the living room.
The original pantry was not what we wanted to keep as we had plans to change our floor plan. We ended up tearing the pantry out which opened up the floor space between the kitchen and dining room.
Adding a Pantry to a Small Kitchen
To add a walk in pantry to our kitchen, we took out the cabinets along the back wall of the kitchen where the refrigerator was located. We then located the refrigerator to the wall where the pantry used to be.
The cabinets were in rough shape and easily removed in order to start the process of adding the pantry to our kitchen.
How to Build a Walk In Kitchen Pantry
To build the walk in pantry, the sheetrock was removed from the back wall. Then, the area for the pantry was framed out with 2×4 boards. The 2×4 on the ceiling is screwed into a rafter stud in the ceiling. There is also a 2×4 screwed into the floor. The majority of our home has shiplap on the walls, so I decided to do the outside pantry walls with shiplap as well.
The majority of our home has shiplap on the walls, so I decided to do the outside pantry walls with shiplap as well. To attach the shiplap to the walls, we used a nail gun to attach them to the studs.
The interior of the pantry walls were finished with sheetrock and painted using Snowbound from Sherwin Williams.
For the flooring, we put down the same hardwood floors that we put throughout our dining room and living room.
Walk In Pantry Dimensions
The dimensions for our walk in pantry ended up being about 4 foot wide and 9 foot long. While this is a small size for a walk in pantry, it worked for our home.
The pantry not only works for storing all of our baking and cooking essentials, but also small appliances which were stored on the shelves in the back.
Build Your Own Walk In Pantry Shelving
To build the shelving for our small walk in pantry, we used boards from our local hardware store to create the shelves. Using boards we built the frame for the shelves and basically built a bookshelf to hold all of the jars and small appliances.
When deciding how to build shelves for the pantry, take into account what the dimensions are of the items that will be stored on the shelves. For instance, cereal boxes will need a shelf with more height while can goods will need a shelf that is not as tall.
We built two sets of shelving units. The one in the front of the pantry holds all of my glass storage jars. To the left of the jars, I left a space to hang my cast iron skillets. To the left of the cast iron skillets is another set of storage shelves which is where I store all of the small appliances.
Walk In Kitchen Pantry Sliding Barn Doors
Sliding barn doors are a beautiful part of the farmhouse decor. If you are reading this and wondering if a double wide manufactured home can support the weight of sliding barn doors, they can!
Our sliding barn door and hardware came from Rustica Hardware.
Walk In Pantry Lighting
Inside the Walk In Kitchen Pantry Organization
Organizing the inside of the walk in kitchen pantry was an enjoyable part of the process. I love the look of having our kitchen essentials stored in pretty glass jars. I am quickly able to see what we are running low on add it to my list of items purchase.
Kitchen Pantry Sources
Since this post, we have done a complete remodel in our kitchen. Check out these posts to see the latest updates.
- Kitchen Remodel Plan
- Gutting the Kitchen
- Our New Kitchen Cabinets
- Planking our Kitchen Ceiling
- DIY Plywood Countertops
- Building our Kitchen Island