How To Install Pull Out Shelves In Pantry: Steps & Items Needed For Installing Pull Out Shelves

Steps & Items Needed For Installing Pull Out Shelves In Pantry

The sliding shelves make base cabinets & pantry more accessible. It's more advantageous to pull out a large shelf than to reach back & try to lift heavy objects from the back of your cabinet. The sliding shelves can also be installed in almost any type of cabinet and pantry by using full-extension drawer glides. This type of guide can be also installed on top of your existing shelf without removing it. After installation, your shelf will pull entirely out of your cabinet & support up to 75 pounds. If you want to install pull out shelves in the pantry then you need to gather all the required items and then follow the steps carefully:

Items Needed

  • Fir Plywood & Table Saw
  • Oak Lumber, 1/4-By-1 1/2-By-24-Inches
  • Miter Saw & Glue
  • Pin Nailer & 1-Inch Pin Nails
  • 18-Inch Full-Extension Guides
  • Poplar Sticks, 3/4-By-1-By-24-Inches
  • Cordless Screw Gun & 3/16-Inch Drill Bit
  • 3/4-Inch Screws

Steps For This Process

  • First of all, you need to measure the distance betwixt the vertical boards of your cabinet opening where you wish to install your shelf & subtract 1/2-inch. Measure the depth of your shelf on the inside & subtract 1/2-inch. Now you need to cut a piece of plywood on your table saw to that measurement. Here is an example; if the two measurements are 16-by-18-inches & then you need to cut a piece of plywood 15 1/2-by-17 1/2-inches.
  • Now you need to cut the 1/4-inch oak to 15 1/2-inches on a miter saw. You need to run a bead of glue on the back & nail it to the front edge of your shelf by using a pin nailer & 1-inch pin nails. This is to contain items on your shelf.
  • Next you need to place your shelf flat on a worktable. There will be marks on all of your runners at the front. Place your runner marked "DL on the left side of your shelf. Place your runner marked, "DR" on the other side of your shelf. Flush them with the end of your shelf. By using a cordless gun & 3/4-inch screws, screw them to the sides of your shelf using the holes in your shelf. The runners will extend past the end of your shelf slenderly, that's fine.
  • Then you need to cut two pieces of your 3/4-inch poplar boards to 17 1/2-inches. You need to drill four holes evenly spaced down through with the top of both boards by using a cordless gun & 3/16-inch drill bit.
  • Now you need to place the poplar boards on your worktable with the holes facing up. Place your runner marked "CL" along one side of one of your board flush with the end. Place your runner marked "CR" on your other board. Screw the runners to your boards by using the cordless gun & 3/4-inch screws.
  • Fit the runners together. There will be small bearings on the ends of your shelf runners. Place them into slots on your board runners. The board's runners will glide along with the edges of your shelf as you move them by your hand to test them.
  • Finally, you need to place your shelf with your board runners already attached, inside your cabinet opening. Flush it with your front shelf. Now you need to place screws in the holes that you drilled before. Screw-in your screws very lightly with your cordless screw gun. Test your shelf & if it glides in & out smoothly then finish tightening your screws. If it binds or rubs then you need to tap your runners in the direction needed & retest until your shelf glides smoothly in and out of your cabinet.

Tip & Warning

  • It will only take 1-2 minutes of adjustment to make the full-extension guides work better. Do not overdo it when you are adjusting them.
  • You can also spray your shelf softly with the help of aerosol lacquer before installing it, but it is not indispensable. The measurements are for example by using an 18-inch deep shelf. The shelf can be any size whatever you like. Just be sure to buy the right length of runners.
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