How To Build A Vertical Storage Rack For Cans


Keeping canned food can be a headache sometimes. Especially if you don’t have a big enough pantry to work with. Don’t worry because we have just the solution for you! The DIY vertical storage rack will prove the system your pantry needs in order to better organize your cans. The rack suggested holds 17 cans in each of the vertical rows (the one at the end holds 16). In order to make this project, grab the following materials: plywood, a number of 1″ by 4″ by 8′ (depending on how many rows you want), the same with 1″ by 2″ by 8′, a 2by4, a drill, 1½” drywall screws, power saw, tape measure and a pencil. Read about the necessary steps in the full length version of the tutorial by Monika W. Good luck!





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.


You can get step-by-step instructions here… 

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