Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rotating Canned Food System - DIY

I suffer from a little known syndrome called
"tosmalluspantry" and another called "organizeritis."
One day while surfing pinterest I came across a DIY rotating shelf photo: (Inspiration post here)
Right away I knew it was just what I needed.
I starting talking with my oh so handy hubby and we began making a plan.
First things first:
We needed to decide for our limited space what cans we would like for our system, 
not all cans are created equal.
For instance Hunt's is just a bit taller than Kruner's etc.
Then we had to figure out width of cans and boards we would use for our vertical separators.
 At this point I realized the amount of space we have is not going to allow for much variety - thus we decided to do a two tier system.
Supplies used so far:
We cut to fit our back board 48" tall by 44 1/4" wide
Can lip or roll out = 1"x4" and 1" x 2" cut to fit
Vertical separators = 1"x4" x 4' or 8' cut to fit
we also trimmed to 3" wide
decorative trim to hold cans in place
A quick check to make sure our 1 x 2 and trim would be adequate to hold our cans in place
Works great!
Now for the rest of our trim and some small knock outs from left overs
Time to paint, hang and   


Update 2014: Still loving it!


  1. Fantastic..thanks so much for sharing your diy idea...I have linked to you over at Freebies For Crafters. Khris

  2. Fantastic! ~ Spock

    I like this idea. I will try build similar one but use Kreg Joints

  3. Who knew cans could be displayed so beautifully?! I can totally appreciate this since I have Organizeritis too :)

  4. that was a wonderful step by step process...thank you for taking the time to make the vid...props to your hubs!

  5. Could use hinges and make a second set that open up to reveal first set

  6. Great idea! I want one, however, I was thinking... instead of the wood strips to hold the cans in, I'd just cover the front with plexi-glass, and if I built two, I'd make one two cans shorter and mount it directly in front of the other -- to save space. Do you think that would work?

    1. I think you'd be better off with the wood support first, and then plexiglas as a backup, for weight bearing.

  7. The double layer idea is great! I will say this, you would be amazed at how heavy this system is once filled.

  8. Depending on how deep your pantry is, could put shelves in front, leaving the bottom and top accessible. Then you could store you boxed goods in front of it.

  9. Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to share the instructions and fabulous video. My hubby is going to be busy. :-)

  10. where can I find those can lips?

    1. Can lip or roll out = 1"x4" and 1" x 2" cut to fit, any home improvement store.

  11. I am amazed and happy to be able to see what we have of each can stored!! It is very hard to keep all organized and this idea is genius. I will make one my next day off