Wall-O-Cans Storage Unit Plans

Wall-O-Cans Storage Unit Plans

A unique food storage center to hold canned food in a FIFO (First In / First Out) rotation.  The unit sits against a wall so it can store cans anywhere with minimal encroachment into the room.

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Description

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Storing cans of food has never been easier!  This very efficient can storage unit makes rotating your food storage automatic – and you can customize it to meet your needs.  The size is up to you.  And, it stores a lot of food without taking a bunch of space.  Ideal for easy access to the cans you need.

Canned Food Storage Details:

Having a little food supply is a great choice for emergency preparedness as well as for simple convenience.  It’s comforting to have a little on hand for emergency preparedness — for whatever comes.  PLUS, it’s a great way to have things when you need them instead of running to the store.

When finding space for storage, Space efficiency and Convenient Access are the two biggest problems.  To help conquer these issues, we developed this storage unit that provides both space efficiency and easy access for stored food in cans.

Canned Food Storage UnitThis “Wall-O-Cans” is designed to store canned goods with just a few inches against the wall.  To maximize the use of space, cans store from floor to ceiling.  It looks big, but actually takes only a small part of a room.  (We have our unit against the wall of our home office.  Covered it with a drape, and it sits rather obscure.)

Just put the cans in at one end, and extract them at the other.  It’s an easy FIFO – First IN, First OUT canned food storage shelf unit.

Plans include easy to follow, illustrated instructions.  . . . See sample plans pages . . .

Close Up of Canned Food StorageAlthough it obviously holds more than usually needed, the number of shelves is an interesting design point.  When counting the things to store, the number of different items may surprise you.

For us, when we included several varieties of canned fruit, vegetables, soups, baking supplies, tuna, etc.., (and variations of those items – like pineapple chunks, rings and crushed) we have 30 different items we use regularly!  We very rarely have a shelf full, but the convenience of easy storage, automatic rotation and efficiency is wonderful — not to mention the savings when purchasing quantities of the food goods on sale!

If your needs are greater, make this unit with 3 shelves wide.  If your needs are smaller, make it 1 shelf wide.  (2 shelves width is in the pictures.)

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Specifications

Specifications

Wall-O-Cans Storage Unit Plans

  • Space efficient with convenient access.
  • First IN / First OUT, automatic food rotation.
  • Approx. 7 ft. high, 14 in thick, and 7 ft. wide (if made as shown.  Size options exist.)
  • Height and length are easy to modify.
  • Customizable size to fit your needs.
  • Plans include complete drawings and instructions.

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More About The Design Features

More About The Design Features

Make Storage Work For You

Storage unit as shown is approx. 7 ft. high, 14 inches wide, and 7 ft. long.  It fits against a spare wall of a room so it doesn’t take much space.  The height and length are easy to modify if you want.  If that’s too wide, build it in a one shelf width instead.  The design makes it easy to modify and better accommodate your individual needs.

Note:  For convenience in getting it into the house and through doorways – and for weight – the unit is built with an upper and a lower half that bolt together.  Don’t try to move the unit when it has cans in it.

For Safety:  Do not climb on shelves or allow children to climb on or around.  Cover the side of the unit with plywood or other material so that climbing is not possible.  Anchor the top to the wall so it cannot be tipped over.

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