Home Carpentry: How to Build an Urban Cellar at Home

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Root cellar traditionally is a wooden self-made structure to store vegetables and fruits preventing them from earth’s natural temperature that can sometimes cross even 50 degrees. So they also work as a natural and simple refrigerator without affecting the harvests with dryness. It gives a fresh, moisturizing surrounding to the veggies and eliminates the chances of spoilage.


Working Principle of a Root Cellar

A root cellar plays a versatile role in preventing different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Fruit vegetables like peppers, spinach and squash are more preserved in moisturized place instead of dry and cold one in fridge. Similarly root vegies such as carrots and beet roots can last longer when the environment is according to their growing conditions. Fruits including apples, peaches, tomatoes and plums are preferred to be stored on higher shelf due to the fact that they tend to make root vegies bitter with ethylene gas emitted by them. Eggs with porous shells absorb odors from the left overs, so storing them in the top most shelf keeps eggs from absorption. You are recommended to adopt urban cellar as an alternative to fridge because fruits and veggies lose much of their nutrients, flavor and freshness if dumped in the dry and cool environment of refrigerator. If you don’t find it fascinating to follow the typical steps involved in constructing an urban cellar, we have got you covered with a comprehensive but simplest guide to building it at a very reasonable cost.


How to Build an Urban Cellar at Home?

Though, designing an urban cellar is not as simple as it seems, especially for people who are newbies at carpentry. But below is a method that involves simple methodologies to build an urban cellar yourself and preserve your fruits and veggies for a longer period without affecting their freshness.


  • 8-foot pine, 1 x 12 cut to 4 pieces of 22-inch each
    • 7 dowels, 3/4-inch x 48-inch, cut to 14 pieces of 23.5-inch each
    • 2 buckets, 10 quarts (metal buckets may need to be cocked to prevent leaking)


  • 1.5-inch nails
    • wood glue
    • drill
    • 3/4-inch & 3/32-inch drill bits
    • hammer
    • tape measure
    • pencil
    • square/straight edge
    • 30-inch clamp


  1. Mark locations for dowels accurately with pencil and ruler.
  2. Drill � inches holes through marked locations. Keep a scrap wood under the board to avoid tear outs.
  3. Mark the place where the nails will be inserted through bottom edge and back board.
  4. Drill holes with 3/32 inch bit through side boards to prevent splitting when nails are inserted through back and bottom boards.




  1. Apply wood glue in one side board holes.
  2. Insert dowels into holes.
  1. Apply glue to other side holes.
  2. Fit other side boards over the dowels
  1. Apply glue to back boards and insert nails through the edge.
  2. Repeat the 9th step for the bottom board.
  1. Insert nails through front edge into the front dowels. This will stabilize the box.
  2. Drive nails through back into wall to hang root cellar at the height required.
  3. In case you want to make an opening for a windows replacement winnipeg in the wall, call a local contractor.


The benefits of root cellar include not only preservation of fruits and vegetables but also it gives an exposure to fresh things hence giving us a consistent urge to keep consuming fresh stuff. It also gives us an opportunity to quit the habit of forgetting foods deep inside the refrigerators hence saving their spoilage.