When I first saw these can racks I knew that I just had to have them. They make it easy to see and access all of the canned goods you have so that you don’t have to rummage through your cupboards in search of that lone can anymore. I’ve bought plastic racks and made makeshift cardboard ones, but they didn’t hold up very well. Then I ran across this ingenious idea on a blog months ago. I wish I could find that post again, because this is one of my favorite quick home improvement projects.
Using wire closet shelving (found in most grocery or home improvement stores), these are cost effective and easy to make.
Using a hacksaw or bolt-cutters, cut the wire shelving a half-inch shorter than the length of the cabinet.
Insert the first rack, which will wedge neatly between the front and the back of the cabinet. It should sit at an angle.
For additional racks the blog suggested predrilling holes into the back of the face-frame for screws, leaving 3/4” of the screw protruding for the racks to rest on. This is a great option if you own your home, but while I’m renting I didn’t want to damage the cabinetry and I want the shelves to be easily removable. So I bought two 1/2” square poplar dowels (available at Home Depot or Lowes), cut them to the height of the cabinet (short 1/2”), and inserted small metal shelf brackets every 6 1/2” along the dowels. These dowels are held in place by the racks, which rest on the small metal shelf brackets.
Did you make these Easy Canned Food Racks? Sound off in the comments section below and tell us how it went!