How to build a rotating canned food shelf

How to build a rotating canned food shelf

Are you the kind of people who tends to stuff your pantries with lots of canned food? I myself is one of them. I always try to look for a better way to store canned foods. They take up a lot of space in my cabinets and it’s difficult for me to find what I am looking for without taking out the cans in the front. The worst thing is, I often find cans in the back become expired. What a waste of food.

Thanks to the creative minds and skillful hands of the DIY enthusiasts, now there is a practical solution to this problem: build a rotating canned food storage shelf system! It is a great way to keep canned foods organized. It takes up little space because it’s vertical. The canned foods are clearly displayed so you can easily find the ones you are looking for and the ones that need to be replenished. The coolest thing about this storage system is that, by automatically rotating the cans, which means you always put newest cans in the top and take oldest cans from the bottom, you can tell which cans are the oldest and need to be consumed first. What a creative idea to prevent food wasting!

Please head over to Lacquerandlace Vintage At Heart for the detailed instructions and learn how to make this easy-to-build shelf system to store all your canned foods. Here’s the link…

If you think your pantry is too messy and wants everything neatly organized, this Lazy Susan style pantry is a good solution for you.

How to build a rotating canned food shelf

Want to make the most out of your shelving space but don’t have room for a large rotating can rack? Building your own rotating can rack (or a set of them) out of cardboard may be the perfect solution for you! These can be customized for different can sizes and if you are really creative you could make them the perfect size for your shelves.

If you have made or end up making any of these shelves we’d love to see a picture of them. Feel free to share over on our Food Storage Made Easy Discussion Group on Facebook!

If you are just getting started with building a food storage and need a little jump start in knowing what to buy first, please sign up for our Babystep Checklist free email series. It will give you step by step instructions on what to buy and do week to week for a year!

How to Build a Rotating Can Rack

Step 1

Print out the shelf diagram and determine what size of shelf you want to make. Click below for printable diagram and instructions.

How to build a rotating canned food shelf

Step 2

Take a large cardboard box and measure out the pieces. The easiest way with the least amount of cuts and gluing is to measure for the entire length of both sides and back. For example, the vegetable can length would be a total of 31-1/8” by 10”. We recommend using a carpenter’s square to measure, mark, and cut, but any ruler will work.

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Step 3

Cut out all of your pieces using an exacto-knife or other sharp blade. We couldn’t find our exacto-knife so that’s why we used this pocket knife. It didn’t make perfect smooth edges but it worked just fine. You could actually even use scissors if you want. If you used a long piece for the side/back pieces then you’ll need to bend the side pieces in to the right shape. We used our carpenter’s square (ruler) to help bend a straight line.

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Step 4

Take the side and back pieces (or the one large piece) and make sure the can fits properly. If not, back to the measuring board! Mark the shelf lines on the side pieces so that you will know where the shelves need to go when you glue them on. All measurements will vary with the size of unit you’re building, so make sure to get them right!

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Step 5

Glue the pieces together. Hot glue is fabulous for this step! We used a low temp craft gun and the glue started to set a little too quickly, but it was still workable. With the big piece open, glue each shelf in place. Then glue them to the back. Don’t forget to put in your wedge, and make sure a can will still pass between the wedge and shelf 2. The other side is the hardest part, because with our gun the glue started to set before it was all in place. After the other side is on, take the front pieces, with the edges bent in ¾, and glue them into place, one side at a time.

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Step 6

Cut some little notches out of the side pieces near the bottom to enable you to pull the cans out more easily. At this point you can paint the whole thing with white latex paint if you want to strengthen the cardboard and have a nicer looking shelf unit.

How to build a rotating canned food shelf

Hope this little tutorial is helpful if you decide to make your own rotating can rack. They can be a great option until you can afford a sturdier more permanent solution.

Other Shelving Options

In case this task seems a little daunting, we do recommend a few options for shelves that you can purchase. These are worth a look at if you don’t have a lot of time or you want something a little sturdier.

How to build a rotating canned food shelf Cansolidators: Sturdy plastic rotating can rack from Thrive Life. These racks can be adjustable for any width of small to medium sized can. Available in three sizes and fit on a regular shelf or in a pantry. These are a little sturdier than the cardboard options.
How to build a rotating canned food shelf Deluxe Food Rotation Systems: Thrive Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) produces high quality rotating shelves. They are customizable in any shape and size to fit everything from tuna cans to #10 cans and more!

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How to build a rotating canned food shelf

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Storing canned food in your kitchen cabinets is an inefficient use of space and you will often find old cans in the back. This easy-to-build shelf system will solve the problem by rotating the cans. The cost is a small fraction of the price of retail canned food systems. There are many variations, so modify the plans to suit your needs and abilities.

Contents

Steps

  1. Decide the size and number of shelves you need. This article will cover a 5-shelf system that is <> wide, <> deep and <> tall.
  2. Cut the plywood on a table saw or with a circular saw.
    • Cut one full sheet in half length-wise. From each half, cut a shelf at 32 inches (should leave 64 inches for the sides).
    • Cut the other full sheet in half length-wise also. Cut each half in thirds at <> each.
    • Cut the half-sheet of plywood at <>. Cut the 32×48 piece in half (24×32). Set the remaining 16×48 piece aside for later. You should have 2-24×64 and 10-24×32.
  3. Using a router and straight edge, rout slots into the sides <> wide and <> deep. (An alternative is to attach rails that the shelves will rest on. The slot method is stronger and will not interfere with the rolling cans.)
    • The shelves need to have a 1:12 slope (1 inch drop for each 12 inches run).
    • For standard cans, the distance from the top of the input shelf to the top of the corresponding output shelf is <>.
    • For standard cans, the distance from the top of the input shelf, to the top of the next output shelf is <>.
    • For standard cans, the input shelf is <> shorter than the output shelf.
    • For larger cans, add <> to these dimensions.
    • Draw outlines for all slots.
  4. Trim the shelves. The finished outside width of the shelf system will be <>. The shelves will fit in a slot <> deep. Therefore, the width of the shelves is actually <>. Each input shelf also needs to be trimmed on the back to allow a space for the can to drop. For standard cans, this gap needs to be <>.
  5. Lay one side flat on the ground with the slots facing up. Insert the shelves into the slots and place the other side on top.
  6. Drive <> screws through the side and into the edge of the shelf. Put two screws in each shelf.
  7. Turn the unit over and drive screws in this side also.
  8. Turn the unit over so the back is facing up. Attach the pieces that were cut from the input shelves to prevent the cans from falling off the back.
  9. From the 16×48 scrap plywood, cut 5 pieces 2×32 inch. Turn the unit over so the front is facing up. Attach the 2×32 inch pieces to block the cans from falling out the front.
  10. With the remaining plywood and/or additional scrap you have laying around, build a base that the casters will attach to. Stand the unit upright and attach it to the base.
  11. Decide the configuration of cans that you need. Each row will need to be about <> wider than the can. On the table saw, rip <>-wide strips from plywood, MDF, or dimensional lumber. MDF and lumber work best. Attach them to the shelves with wood glue.
  12. One problem you may have is the cans getting misaligned when they drop down.
    • A solution for this is to add a divider connecting the row dividing strips, filling the gap. Cut cardboard in a trapezoidal shape to fit over the two row dividers. Cut out the center material of the cardboard and glue the flaps to the row dividers.

How to build a rotating canned food shelf

Determine which type of food storage shelves you want to use and purchase one shelf to get started. Build your own, buy plastic or metal shelves, or splurge and buy a fancy can rotation system.

Key Points

  • Don’t let small spaces intimidate you. For a comprehensive list of helpful ideas view our Small Spaces Storage Solutions post
  • There are a wide variety of shelf options available. Determine the amount you feel comfortable spending and consider what will suit your needs best.
  • Options for canned goods and other Three Month Supply foods:
    • Build Your Own – Cheap & offers the most flexibility, but time-intensive
      Free plan for building cardboard rotating can racks
    • Inexpensive plastic shelving (i.e. from Walmart or Home Depot) – A cheap and easy way to get started, shelves may not be as durable. We don’t recommend cheap metal shelves as they tend to bow in the middle when storing heavy items.
    • Higher quality large metal shelves (Costco or Amazon sell great ones) – Heavy duty shelves should have no problem with bowing or collapsing under heavy food weights.
    • Deluxe Can Rotation System – Most expensive option, but very convenient for easily rotating through foods. Found at ThriveLife.com (formerly ShelfReliance.com)

    Diagrams/Charts

    Diagram to build your own can rotating rack food storage shelves out of cardboard. This diagram can be a little bit complex so we did a step-by-step tutorial you can view here: “How to Build Your Own Can Rotating Rack”.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

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    Helpful Products

    Deluxe Food Rotation Systems: Thrive Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) produces high quality shelves are customizable in any shape and size to fit everything from tuna cans to #10 cans and more!

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    CanSolidators: Sturdy plastic can racks also from Thrive Life that can be adjustable for any width of small to medium can. Available in three sizes and fits on a regular shelf or in a pantry.

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    Easy Free Plans

    Here’s a simple-to-make solution to one problem of pantry shelf clutter – stacks of canned food. A can rack made of common materials that takes little skill and just a few tools to make will help organize those crowded shelves.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    The photo below shows the prototype with one side removed, so you can see how the cans are held in place and allowed to roll. You may need to adjust the dimensions so the rack will fit your shelf space, but the general design and steps to build the racks(s) will still apply.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Step 2

    Mark and cut the 11-inch wide hardboard strips into 12-inch lengths. This will leave you with 8 pieces measuring 11″ x 12″. These will be sides for 4 racks.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Step 4

    • Cut the back board 11″ long.
    • Cut the bottom shelf 11 1/4 inches long.
    • Cut the top shelf 7 1/2 inches.

    From the 2-inch wide strip of hardboard, cut a piece the width of the bottom shelf, and attach it with drywall screws to the front end of the bottom shelf. This will serve as a stop for the cans.

    Now we’re ready to assemble the first rack. The easiest way is to clamp the two sides and back pieces together. Position the back flush with the sides, and be sure the rack sets flat without rocking, as in the photo below. Then drive the screws in.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Just repeat the steps above to make 3 more from the remaining materials.

    Materials needed are one 24″ by 48″ sheet of hardboard (sometimes called Masonite, or pressed board), 3/16 inch thick, and two 1×6 pine boards 6 feet long. These are available from any home supply store.

    One-inch drywall screws can be used to hold all the pieces together.

    Step 1

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Start by marking out 11″ wide strips on the hardboard, leaving a 2″ strip. The narrow strip will be used to make stops for the cans. Saw along the lines with a Skill saw or hand saw.

    Step 3

    The next step is to mark the shelf positions for a side of one rack. Use the measurements in the photo below, and mark heavy lines that will be easy to see when you position the shelves. Notice where the holes were drilled. If you want to save a little work, after you’ve marked one piece, stack 4 side pieces and drill the holes through all of them at once.

    Mark the shelf positions for the other side of your first rack.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Step 5

    Position the shelves by aligning them with the lines you drew in Step 3. Set the screws for the bottom shelf, and clamp the top shelf in position.

    Try feeding a couple cans through to be sure they don’t get stuck in the back. If that happens, you’ll have to re-position the top shelf a little. Then, set the screws for the top shelf, and behold your new canned foods rack!

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    This step by step diy article is about how to build food storage shelves. If you need more storage space for vegetables, fruits or other small items, but you have a limited available space, then a wooden rack should be the right solution to your needs. Adjust the size of the shelves, as well as their number, according to your needs and tastes. The storage shelves are ideal to dry the vegetables or to store them during the winter.

    In order to get the job done by yourself in just a day, you need to pay attention to several aspects. Therefore, buy quality lumber or sand the slats thoroughly, using 120-grit sandpaper. In addition, choose the lumber with attention, making sure the components are straight and in a good condition. Choose cedar, redwood or pine, as they have an exquisite look and are easy to work with.

    Moreover, don’t forget to align the boards at both ends and drill pilot holes in the wooden components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Check if the corners are right-angled after each step, by using a carpentry square. In addition, it would be a good idea to measure the diagonals of the panels and adjust the components, until they are perfectly equal.

    Made from this plan

    In order to build food storage shelves, you needs the following:

    Materials

    • 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 40″ long LEGS
    • 19 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 20″ SUPPORTS
    • 36 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 20″ SHELF BOTTOM
    • 25 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 18 1/2″ long, 25 pieces – 16 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 16 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 18 1/2″ long SHELF SIDES
    • 1 1/4” and 2 1/2” wood screws – SCREWS
    • Wood glue
    • 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
    • 13 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
    • 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
    • 10 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft , stain

    Tools

    • Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
    • Smooth the exposed edges, by using a router with a 1/4” bit
    • One weekend

    Food Storage Rack Plans

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Diy Food Storage Shelves

    Building a small wooden rack with storage shelves is one of those projects that will improve significantly your life, while spending the least amount of money. In most of the cases, you can even get the job done using scrap lumber.

    How to build food storage shelves

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Building the sides of the rack

    The first step of the project is to build the sides of the rack, using 2×2 lumber and 1×3 supports. In order to obtain a professional result, we recommend you to work on a level surface. In addition, after fitting each support and locking it to the legs with wood screws, you should make sure the corners are right angles.

    Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Attaching the aprons

    After building the two sides of the wooden rack, we recommend you to lock them together with 1×3 aprons. Use a large spirit level to plumb the sides of the rack, before driving in the nails trough the braces in the legs.

    If you want to add extra-support to the components, you should fit 2×2 lumber between the outside frame. Cut the ends of the diagonals at angle and insert 2” screws, from the inside.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Small Shelf Plans

    Building the storage shelves can be done in several ways, bu we recommend you to use the right techniques for your needs. Leave about 1/4” between the 1×3 and attach the 1×2 frame, to lock them tightly.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Large shelf plans

    As you can easily see in the plans, we have decided to make the bottom shelf a little larger, as to store boxes or other items. In order to get the job done as a professional, us the same carpentry techniques described above.

    Don’t forget to add glue to the edges of the components, in order to enhance the bond of the joints. Use a router and a 1/4” bit to round the exposed edges of the components.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build food storage shelves

    Last but not least you have to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, will the holes with a good wood filler and let it dry out for several hours. Sand the surface with 120-grit sandpaper, along the wood grain.

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    I hope you all had a great weekend! I am back today to share our next ‘Shanty Storage Solution’ with you! As I mentioned in my DIY Spice Rack post, Ash and I are on a mission to use our love of wood and DIY to create solutions for our kitchens and our homes that help things run more smoothly and efficiently.

    My next project was to tackle my canned food collection! With a family of 7, we always keep a large variety of canned foods. What did I come up with?? These are individual canned food organizers thats store your cans, and rotate the cans to allow you to use the older dates first. Rather than making 1 single rack, I opted to make them individual so you can make as few or as many as you need for your canned food stash! Here is how they turned out…

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Awwww… SO much better than how they used to be! The need for this system came along with the addition of my sweet baby. His very favorite thing to do is knock over my can stacks and roll them around the house…

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    I do think it’s cute, but I was going batty stacking my cans on an hourly basis! I won’t say these are ‘baby-proof’, but I will say they have helped!

    I made these canned food organizers in 2 sizes. The larger size holds up to 12 cans, and I am sharing it today.

    Supplies!

    For each organizer I used 1/4″ hardwood plywood. I bought mine in a 4’x8′ sheet and had the guys at Home Depot cut it down into 11.5″ strips. You can also buy smaller panels like a 2’x2′ or 2’x4′ if you don’t need as many!

    I also used a 1×12 for my shelf pieces. These also come in different lengths. I bought and 8′ board because I was making several, but you can buy a smaller one if you are not making as many.

    I also use a 1/2″x2″ pine board for my bottom shelf front piece. A 4′ piece will make 8 dividers.

    When you break it down, these cost under $5 a piece to make.

    Cuts!

    For the sides you will need 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood cut to this..

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    For the shelf piece I cut my 1×12 into 4.75″ pieces. Each divider will use 2 pieces like this…

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    There will be a small scrap from the middle shelf piece that I will use later on a different step.

    Next, I marked both of my side pieces for my shelves! Marking them with a pencil makes lining your shelf pieces up really easy, and it keeps you from having to guess where to nail from the side.

    Mark each side like this…

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    I found a really easy way to do this! I used some scrap pieces cut to the dimensions above to serve as a template for each piece. I would just lay them down, line up my middle shelf , and draw it out quick. No need to measure each time! This saves a ton of time!

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Excuse my shanty handwriting on the blocks! 😉

    Next I used Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails to attach my shelves like this!

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Easy! And because I drew my shelves on the other side, it makes this part simple! Just nail where the shelves are marked!

    Next, I added some Gorilla Wood Glue to the shelf pieces, and attached my other side piece!

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Now to finish off the front!

    I used that scrap piece to cut my front piece.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    This is for my middle shelf. I just added a little glue and nailed it in place!

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    I used a 1/2″ x 2″ pine board for my bottom shelf piece. Each one was 5.25″ long.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    That’s it! How simple is that? No need to put a back on these… Once they are placed in the cabinet, the wall does the trick perfect! I painted mine with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White. I also couldn’t resist the urge to add some labels. I will be sharing those soon!

    My favorite part about these babies is how they rotate my cans! You load the cans through the top, and it allows your older dates to rotate out from the bottom first! LOVE. I will also be sharing my 7-can dividers that are stackable soon!

    For now, here are a few more shots!

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love for you to share and pin these below! I will be sharing my entire pantry makeover over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Also, be sure to check out my Pantry Door Spice Rack!

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    I am always trying to come up with different ways to utilize the small space I have to store food. Then there is the problem of rotating my stored goods. I typically keep a variety of canned foods on hand at all times and it can be difficult to make sure I follow the “out with the old, in with the new” rule.

    How to build a rotating canned food shelf
    How to build a rotating canned food shelf
    How to build a rotating canned food shelf
    How to build a rotating canned food shelf
    How to build a rotating canned food shelf
    So I decided to make a rotating can rack. I chose this particular design because of the minimal floor space it requires, since this hangs vertically on the wall.

    I made these racks to fit the wall space I had available. I chose to make four smaller racks instead of a large one. I did this due to my personal storage needs. This particular rack holds 17 cans in each of the vertical rows and one shelf on the end holds 16 tuna cans. This design is pretty simple; you can choose any type of wood you desire. We had most of the lumber on hand, but we did have to purchase some from the local lumber yard.

    These racks can be made to fit your available space. I have made three of these so far, all placed on the same wall.

    Building the racks

    Materials needed:

    • plywood (I used OSB board 7/16″ 4’x8′) — the size depends on how large you are going to make your rack. I had a 4’x8′ sheet and had plenty left over to make a second rack.
    • 1″x4″x8′ — the number of these depends on how many rows you are installing
    • 1″x2″x8′ — again, the number will depend on the number of rows
    • 2’x4′ — a scrap piece works fine for this. You only need about 6 inches or so.
    • handful of screws (I used 1½” drywall screws I had lying around)
    • drill
    • power saw
    • tape measure
    • pencil

    First off, you need to check your walls for studs and make sure you are able to attach the can rack into the studs.

    As shown in Picture 1, the OSB board is cut to 48″ tall and 30″ wide. The bottom baseboard is simply a piece of OSB board cut to 6 inches deep and 30 inches wide. I attached the bottom baseboard from underneath.

    In Picture 2, I cut the 1×4 boards to match the length of the OSB board — 48 inches. I cut six of these for this particular rack. I attached the cut 1x4s on the outer edges first. These I then placed flush on the inner edge of the OSB board. The remaining 1x4s I placed vertically at 4½-inch intervals.

    I usually do a test run at this point just to make sure the cans are going to roll nicely. This is a good time to fix any mishaps.

    Next, I cut some 1x2s to place vertically along all of the vertical 1x4s. The placement of the 1x2s will act as supports to each row so the cans don’t fall out. The 1x2s are cut to 32 inches, then attached along the 1x4s. The 1x2s on the far left and far right of the rack are placed on top of the 1×4, flush with the outer edge. The rest of the 1x2s are placed so that there is about ½” on either side of the 1×4. I also attached a 1×2 along the bottom baseboard to act as a stopper so all the cans don’t roll out at once. The completed rack in Picture 4 may help put this step into perspective.

    The next step involves placing the horizontal supports at the top and bottom of the rack. I used 1x4s for this as well. I cut two 1x4s to 30 inches and placed the first one about 3 inches from the top of the rack. This allows a bit of space for your hand when placing cans in from the top. I placed the second 1×4 4½ inches from the bottom of the rack. This allows for only one can to roll out at a time.

    I then fashioned some wedges out of my scrap piece of 2×4, as you can see in Picture 3. I only have a power saw, so I used a square/straight edge to mark triangular-shaped pieces on the 2×4, then simply cut them. I attached these wedges to the bottom of each row with screws inserted from the bottom of the rack. One screw per wedge worked just fine.

    I wanted to switch up the design a bit on the third and final rack that I made, so I added four horizontal shelves in the last column. I cut three 6½” 1x4s and placed these 12 inches apart. I used these little shelves for some of my odd-shaped, smaller cans. Tuna, tomato paste, and Vienna sausages all fit nicely on these shelves.

    Depending on how you want your final product to look, you can paint or stain your rack now. Or, you could have done this prior to putting all of the pieces together. I chose to leave mine au naturel to match my other shelving systems in my storage room.

    When hanging these racks, you need to make sure you attach them to at least one stud — two is better. We had a bit of difficulty with this, since our studs aren’t placed on two-foot centers. But our racks are holding great just being attached to one stud.

    These racks filled up quickly with cans. And I love having freed up plenty of shelf space to store more of my home-canned goods!

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