Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

Rolling Pantry crates

These farmhouse pantry crates on caster wheels have been on my “to-do” list for quite some time, and I’m so glad to have finally been able to tackle them!

I’ve had the idea for some wooden crates with wheels in my mind ever since we moved into our new house about a year and a half ago. At that time, I organized our pantry fairly well, but I also had a whole house to pull together and try to at least get things functional since we moved in on the first day of school. And I’m a teacher. Yeah. But that’s a story for another day.

Now, after a year and a half of living here, I’m ready to do a bit more to the pantry. We have quite a bit of usable space on the floor under the bottom shelf of the pantry, so I had been thinking about how to make that space more functional, yet also look tidy and aesthetically pleasing.

These large rolling crates are the perfect solution. They maximize the space, they are easily accessible because of the wheels and the handle, they give the pantry a more tidy, organized appearance, and I love the way they fit right in with the rustic, farmhouse vibe that I love so much.

How to Make Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

Measure Your Space Carefully

To begin, you need to take careful measurements of your pantry and find the right-sized crates to fit your space. Don’t forget to take the height of your caster wheels into consideration. You’re likely only talking about fractions of an inch here, so take care to measure very precisely or your finished crate won’t roll underneath your shelf, and that would be sad.

From the floor to the bottom of the lowest shelf in my pantry was 12 inches.

Measure for your Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

I had looked around on Amazon, so I knew that there were several caster wheel options that would work for my project, and most were in the 1 1/2 inch height range.

The crates I found are 9 1/2 inches deep. So, with my 1 1/2 inch caster wheels, I’m right at 11 inches total, which gives me 1 inch of clearance to roll under the bottom pantry shelf. Perfect.

Measure the height of your Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

Find the Right Crates for Your Project

I was on the lookout for several months for just the right crates for this project until I found some recently in the new spring merchandise Hobby Lobby is currently putting out on their shelves.

I originally bought the only two they had at the store where I usually shop, but wanted one more. I ended up having to go to two other stores before I found another one, so if you’re looking for these exact crates… sorry. I think I bought the last three in the Des Moines area. But, Hobby Lobby did have many other wood crates in various sizes that might work with your space measurements. Plus, I will link some other options to the bottom of this post that I explored in my search. They might work for you!

Here is what I ended up with. On one side it says “wood pallets”, which I like, but I decided to make the plain side the front instead. I want to be able to label with crates myself with what is going to be inside of them.

Find the right crate for your Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels
The crate I bought for my Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels
I will be using this side as the front.
The create I bought
I got my create at Hobby Lobby on sale.
Spring merchandise is 40% off right now at Hobby Lobby, so I paid less for these.

Caster Wheels

I ordered these caster wheels from Amazon.

Caster wheels come in lots of sizes, depending on how much weight they need to carry. The small ones I used for this project carry a maximum load of 66 pounds across all 4 wheels. That’s way more than I even needed for this project. Plus, they claim to be “smooth wheeling and won’t mark your floor”. So far, that seems to be accurate. I’m really pleased with how they roll, and they have been kind to my floor.

Bottom of wheel
The bottom of the caster wheels.

They come in a pack of 8 or 12, and in black or white, so you can choose the number you need based on how many crates you’re making, and also choose the color you prefer. I liked black for these crates, but if you choose a white crate, the white wheels would work perfectly.

PLan and mark where wheels will go

What I also like about this set on Amazon is that came with the screws included. And, I was lucky enough that they worked well for the crates I bought. You will have to look at the thickness of the bottom wood pieces on your crate and make sure the screws you use won’t come up through the bottom of the crate when you screw them in.

Use the Right Tools

Decide exactly where you want your wheels to go in each corner, avoiding any nails that are already holding the crate together. Also, be careful not to get too close to the edges, so you don’t split the wood when you drill in the caster wheel screws.

Once I eyeballed where I wanted the wheels, I used a black sharpie to mark where the holes should go.

Mark where wheels will go
Marks where wheels go for Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

I used my Ryobi Impact Driver for this project and it worked great. The wood on my crate was pretty soft, but since I was placing the wheels near the corners, I didn’t want to take a chance that I might split the wood, so I first used my Ryobi with a small drill bit to make the pilot holes.

Drill holes
Ryobi drill I used

Install the Wheels

Add screws to wheels
Four wheels in place on my Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

Add a Handle

Add a handle

I used these drawer pulls that were leftover from when we built our house last year. Since it was a custom build, we got to select and purchase all the hardware ourselves for the whole house. After looking at all the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot, we finally ended up purchasing every single bit of our cabinet hardware on Amazon. They had a better selection and better quality than anything we saw in the stores.

Drill holes for handle on Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

The cabinet pulls I purchased for our laundry room came in a box of 10, and we didn’t need that many, so there were several left over and they worked perfectly for this project. You can find handles for your crates on Amazon like I did, at a hardware store, or if you have old ones lying around somewhere, repurpose them for this project! I’ve reused old hardware for different projects lots of times by just giving them a coat of spray paint in my desired color choice.

Look at My Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

The finished rolling crate on wheels.

It rolls beautifully on these casters and is a perfect fit under the bottom shelf of my pantry.

The create on wheels in my pantry.

It adds so much storage in the pantry and is so easy to access because of the wheels and the handle.

Organization using crate on wheels.

Right now I only have one finished, and it’s working perfectly to store all my K-cups that I buy in bulk on Amazon.

Organization in rolling pantry crate.

Complete Pantry Makeover

I made two more crates on wheels and then used them to reorganize the whole pantry. You can see that post HERE.

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Wood Crate Options to Make Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

Option #1 : Wood Storage Crates

Option #2 : Rustic Wood Crates

Option 3: Decorative Wooden Crates

Option #4: Unfinished Wood Crates (you could stain or paint color of your choice)

Option #5: Chalkboard Panel Crates

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9 thoughts on “Farmhouse Pantry Crates on Caster Wheels

  1. Genius idea, I have a large open area under my shelves in the pantry. Might need to add this to the project list.

  2. I love this idea and have been wanting something for the bottom of my pantry. Going to measure now and see what will work. I do not have as much space on the bottom, so I will need to keep that in mind. May have to just use some baskets with handles for easy pull out. Yours looks great!

    1. That’s a great idea! I’m glad you were able to think of an alternate use for this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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