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Published on March 23rd, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Kilby goes for a roll





Materials: Kilby bookcase, casters, scrap from fridge cover panels

Description: I had a 10 inch gap between my fridge and the wall. My older house didn’t have a pantry, so i thought I’d try to make that work. I decided to go with a bookcase, and the only one ANYWHERE I could find shallow enough was the Kilby.

I thought about a rail system, but couldn’t find anything that would work, so I decided to go with casters. As you can see, the pantry is full, so I’ll just describe what how I made it work, but it’s not too difficult. I used 2x4s to build up the space between the base of the cab (the cavity on the bottom of any cabinet) and the rails that it sits on. The amount of shimming depends on the size of your casters, again, up to you.

I put a caster (I used fixed, not swivel) on each corner, made sure they would roll straight, and fixed them through the 2x4s into the base of the bookcase. I then measured the opening between the wall and fridge and cut a piece of scrap cover panel I had from my massive fridge enclosure, and attached that to the front (through the back, like all cover panels). I found the middle of the panel, and eyeballed a good height for a handle, and attached. I then cut another short piece of cover panel to make up the side gap above the fridge. Hope this helps!

~ Ryan

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14 Responses to Kilby goes for a roll

  1. marikorose says:

    Great idea! It’s simple but effective and looks built right into your kitchen. And who doesn’t need more storage in the kitchen (or anywhere, for that matter?)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! This is my first ever hack! I would probably use rubber caster as opposed to vinyl, to reduce the shock when it rolls over the grout lines in my tile floor, but other than that, it’s been perfect!

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is wicked clever!!!! Love it!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is one smart hack! Beautifully done!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wish there were a “Like” or, even better, a “Love It” button for this site. What a great idea for storage; and a cost-saving alternative to built-ins!

  6. Anonymous says:

    It must be karma – just yesterday I was trying to come up with an idea to add storage to a 10″ wide x 18″ deep cubby in my home office! I just wish the Kilby was about 10″ shorter (less wide?) so I could steal your idea.

  7. Anonymous says:

    love it! but I don’t like the gap above… why don’t you try to fill it in with a wine rack, as in the following hack? ;)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I have been thinking about that gap above, but haven’t decided yet. A wine rack would be a great idea though! Thank you guys for the compliments!

  9. Pour Girl says:

    This is awesome! I hate awkward, left over spaces where nothing can fit! Such a simple/easy solution to those spaces :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    wonderful — thanks so much for sharing this! What a great idea. I would love to try it.

    You can also increase your pantry space by about 1/3 (well, you know, you can improve your use the of the existing space) by putting in a couple of extra shelves.

  11. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    I like it, but think you should have a handle on it instead of a button knob. Oh, I know that knob matched your cabinets, so maybe that was your reasoning. Just think a north/south handle would be easier to pull out. Regardless it’s very clever and aside from that space up top you’re thinking about to fill, you did a great job!

  12. JonathanNYC says:

    Hmm this is awesome looking practical, but I’d be very curious how much one’s energy bill would climb and how much this might stunt the life of the refrigerator, which needs adequate ventilation on all sides to cool itself efficiently.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been searching for. I have a similar space with a dormer ceiling. I was searching for a way to make a sliding pantry. Thanks for the great hack idea.
    @JonathanNYC, There is clearly ample ventilation for the fridge. People living in small spaces would do better to vacuum the coils every once in a while. Space is a valuable commodity.

  14. Anonymous says:

    what stops it from falling over when pulled out? does it have a stop on it so it only comes out so far as to not fall over as I have a little boy who loves to push and pull things. I would worry he would pull it out and it fall on him.

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