How to Frame a Pantry

Do you dread stepping into the pantry every time you need something? Are your shelves cluttered and filled with items in disarray? If so, then it’s likely time to give your pantry a makeover. Framing your pantry can be just the solution to create an organized, attractive space where all of your ingredients and snacks can be properly stored.

How to Frame a Pantry

Not only will it add charm and style to any kitchen, but it is also an easy DIY project that can transform even the dreariest accommodations into something extraordinary! Continue reading to learn more about how to frame a pantry.

Step-by-Step Guidelines on How to Frame a Pantry

Step 1: Prepare the Area for Framing. 

Measure the dimensions of the pantry and determine if you need to buy extra materials like trim or molding for your design. It’s important to accurately measure the area so you have an idea of how much wood, nails, and other supplies are necessary for this project. But don’t forget to add an extra inch or two of material for any adjustments you may need.

Step 2: Choose a Frame Style.

You can select from different styles such as shaker, bead board, raised panel, or flat panel and decide how you want it to look. I suggest going with a shaker style frame since it’s the most popular. Because it’s been around for centuries, there is plenty of information available on how to make and install one.

Step 3: Buy Framing Materials.

Purchase wood, trim, and paneling that will help you to create the style of frame that you want for your pantry. But before you rush off to the lumber store, make sure that your measurements are accurate and double-check them. You don’t want to come home with materials that don’t fit. The wood should also be thick enough to support the weight of items in your pantry.

Step 4: Measure and Mark Your Pantry Walls.

Using a Leveler

Using a leveler and measuring tape, mark out where the frame will go on your pantry wall. But before you nail or screw in any pieces of wood, make sure that your measurements are accurate. It’s also important to double-check the measurements before you make any cuts to the wood. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Step 5: Cut Wood for the Frame Pieces.

Cut the pieces according to the measurements you took earlier and sand them down if necessary. So that the pieces fit together snugly, make sure to cut each piece at a 45-degree angle. If necessary, you may have to adjust the angle of the cuts if they don’t fit together properly in the end. That’s why it’s important to measure accurately.

Step 6: Assemble the Frame Pieces Together.

You can use nails or glue to assemble all of the pieces together until you have created a complete frame for your pantry walls. Make sure that it is secure and level. So that the frame looks seamless, fill in any gaps with wood filler and sand it down. That way, it will be ready to be painted or stained.

Step 7: Add Trim or Molding to the Frame.

Attach decorative trim or molding around the frame to give it a more finished look. If desired, you can even add a few other elements like decorative hinges or knobs to give it an extra bit of style. But make sure that whatever you choose is designed for heavy-duty use and won’t break if it gets pulled or tugged.

Step 8: Prepare the Wall for Framing.

Remove any items from the wall such as shelves, hangers, or hooks that may get in the way of framing your pantry walls. But before you start hammering nails, use a stud finder to determine where the wall studs are located. That way, you can be sure that the frame will be secure. But if you want, you can also use drywall anchors for extra support.

Use a Stud Finder

Step 9: Secure Your Frame in Place.

Using screws, nails, and glue, secure your frame into place on top of your pantry walls. Make sure everything is even and level when mounting it onto the wall. That way, it will look professional and polished when you’re done. Make any necessary adjustments until your frame is secure and looks perfect.

Step 10: Paint or Stain Your Frame.

You can choose to paint or stain your frame depending on what goes best with your kitchen’s décor. If painting, make sure to use high-quality paint and primer. If staining, you can select from different types of wood stains that will bring out the beauty of your frame. But make sure to apply the paint or stain evenly and let it dry completely before putting anything on top of it.

Step 11: Attach Shelving or Hooks to the Frame.

Depending on what type of items you need to store, you can attach shelves and hooks onto the frame for extra storage space. It’s a great way to organize your pantry and make sure everything has its place.

And you don’t have to worry about the frame being able to support the weight of the items since it should be sturdy enough. That way, you can rest assured that everything will stay in place.

Step 12: Hang Wallpaper or Decorative Panel Behind Your Frame.

This step is optional but can add a nice touch to your pantry if desired. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can also use wall stencils to create a unique pattern or design. Or if you prefer something more traditional, you can hang wallpaper behind the frame. Whatever you decide, it should match the overall style of your kitchen and pantry for a finished look.

Step 13: Install Lights in Your Pantry.

Install track lighting, under cabinet lights, or other types of lighting fixtures into your pantry for added visibility and access when needed.

But make sure that the wiring and lighting are correctly installed so that you don’t have any mishaps when turning them on. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even add motion sensors to turn the lights on automatically when entering the pantry. That way, it will look modern and sophisticated!

Step 14: Reorganize Your Pantry Items Into Categories. 

Order Your Pantry Items Into Categories

Order your pantry items into categories so that you can quickly and easily find what you need. This will create an organized, attractive pantry space. It’s also a good idea to label each shelf so that you can keep track of your pantry items and rotation them out as necessary.

But make sure that your labels are easily readable so that they don’t become a distraction. Remember, an organized pantry is a happy pantry! So take the time to get it right.

Step 15: Enjoy Your New and Improved Pantry! 

That’s it! You have just built and organized your very own pantry. Now it’s time to enjoy your new space! Congrats on the hard work. We hope you love your new pantry as much as we do. This will surely become an integral part of your kitchen and home for years to come. 

Make sure to keep it organized and regularly check in on how everything is doing. And as always, have fun!

By following these steps on how to frame a pantry, you can transform your drab pantry into a chic and stylish storage space. With the right supplies and some patience, anyone can frame their own pantry in no time! Good luck with your project!

Why Do You Need to Frame a Pantry?

The purpose of framing a pantry is to create an organized and attractive storage space where all items can be easily accessed. Framing the pantry will also make it easier to add extra shelving or other items that you may need for the pantry. Additionally, by framing the pantry, you can add more character and style to your kitchen.

Do You Need to Use Professionals?

Frame Your Pantry Yourself

No, you don’t have to use professionals to frame your pantry. With the right supplies and step-by-step instructions, you can frame your pantry yourself. Just make sure that you read through the instructions carefully to ensure that everything is done correctly. This will help ensure that your pantry lasts for many years to come!

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of framing your pantry will depend on the supplies and materials you use. However, you can expect to spend around $50-$100 for the wood frame itself, plus an additional $25-$50 for supplies such as screws, nails, and glue. You may also need to buy wallpaper or a decorative panel behind the frame which will add to the cost. It’s also a good idea to factor in the cost of lighting fixtures if you plan to install any.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Type of Wood Should I Use for Framing My Pantry?

A: It’s best to use pine or plywood as they are both lightweight and easy to work with. You may also want to consider using MDF (medium-density fiberboard) which is more durable than regular wood and can hold up to more wear and tear.

Q: How Do I Hang the Frame?

A: You will need to use screws or nails to attach the frame to the wall. Make sure that you pre-drill holes for the screws so that you don’t damage the wood. Once you have secured the frame to the wall, you can add the shelves and other items as needed.

Q: What Else Can I Add to My Pantry?

A: Aside from shelves, you may also want to consider adding decorative trim or wallpaper to the inside of your pantry for a more finished look. Additionally, you can also add lighting fixtures such as overhead lights or LED strip lights to make the space brighter.

Q: Will Framing My Pantry Increase Its Value?

A: Yes, framing your pantry can increase its value by making the space look more organized and attractive. This is especially true if you decide to use high-quality materials or add extra features such as decorative trim or lighting fixtures.

Look More Organized and Attractive


Thanks for reading this article on how to frame a pantry. Framing a pantry may seem daunting at first, but with some simple DIY tips and tricks, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding project that requires little investment.

From using a drill to slowly inserting screws, making sure each layer is lined up perfectly before marking on walls and finding the best screws for drywall before starting the project- if you follow these steps you’ll have a beautiful frame in no time.

Whether you’re motivated by increasing your home’s aesthetic appeal or creating optimal storage space for your kitchen goods, framing a pantry could be the perfect weekend activity for you! With the proper tools, materials and dedication to detail, this project can inject an exciting new look into your home that will last for many years of enjoyment.

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Adrian Green

Adrian has been interested in woodworking since he was a child. His father had a woodworking shop, and Adrian would help him out and learn from him. He gained basic carpentry knowledge as well as an understanding of how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others. So he started this blog to spread his passion and knowledge to those interested in DIY wood-working projects. He knows that with a little guidance and practice, anyone can create beautiful pieces of furniture or décor from scratch.

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