Door Spice Rack

Build your own door spice rack - free plans from


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Author Notes: 

Happy Monday DIYers!

I can't believe how fast summer is zipping by, can you?

This August, I have been invited to speak at the Haven Conference in Atlanta. I can't wait to see lots of good friends and have a chance to meet new friends that also share of love of DIY and blogging.

I love the Haven Conference because it's hands on.  You don't just leave inspired - you leave with new skills, and sometimes, the tools to tackle new projects too!

My friends Ashley and Whitney from Shanty2Chic will be putting on a session demonstrating building a spice rack, and I am so honored they asked me to draw plans up.  

And since we have lots of friends that won't be at Haven to attend the building session, we also wanted to share the plans with you!

$30 bucks for a wood spice rack, mounted to your pantry door!!!  We've gotta share that with you!

Ashley and Whitney have provided more photos and included lots of details (like how to finish out the ends of the dowel rods), so please, stop over and check out their post before getting to the plans.  And you'll wanna peek inside that pantry - I promise!  

And of course, we got you covered with the plans following!

Thanks for reading, 

XO Ana

Shopping List: 

2 - 1x4 boards @ 10 feet long
3 - 3/8" dowels @ 4 feet long
3/8" dowel buttons
cup hooks
1/4" plywood for the back (2x4 sheet)

You'll also need a 3/8" drill bit for drilling holes for dowels

1 1/4 inch finish nails
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions shown above
Cut List: 

2 - 1x4 @ 39" (Sides)
8 - 1x4 @ 19 1/2" (Top, Bottom and Shelves)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 21" x 39"
6 - 3/8" dowels @ 20 1/2"

Step 1: 

Start by drilling the dowel holes first in the sides as noted in the diagram. I love how the Shanty2Chic girls clamped both boards together and drilled all the holes at once.

Step 2 Instructions: 

The attach top and bottom with the Kreg Jig and 3/4" pocket holes with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

NOTE: If you don't have a Kreg Jig, you can also attach with countersunk screws or finish nails and glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

This guy is for hanging later on.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach all shelves at measurements noted in diagram.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Attach back with finish nails.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Hang using the solid wood board on back top.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Insert your dowels and finish and you are done!

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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I LOVE this idea! We have a lot of spices and no good way to store them. Do you think this would this be too heavy to hang on a hollow core door?

No problem - use "Hollow Door Anchors" available at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Use 2-4 depending on size, and any size plan should be fine!


I built one similur to yours over 25 years ago execpt it had two dowels on each shelf instead of olny one. When I bought my new house 15 years ago without a pantry I hung it on the wall next to the stove. Not olny is it easer to find spices while cooking it also looks good and recieved many compliments over the years.

This fully adjustable (size) plan is GREAT! Besides being an avid DIYer, I am an avid fan of Penzey's Spices and have well over 100. I built a wall-mounted 49 1/2" x 33 1/2" wall-mounted 8-shelf rack that holds approximately 128 spices! I used cedar 1x4s and left them untreated for a rustic look. I am building a 40-spice 5-shelf rack for Mom from cedar that is being varnished and it is beautiful!

TIP: When planning your spice rack - I use an estimate of approx. 2" of linear shelf space per spice and that seems to be accurate. This rack can be tall and skinny, short and wide, or whatever you need for the space available, and with the 2"-per-spice estimate, you can calculate your plans to accommodate your current (or future) spice collection!