Root cellars have been used for storing fruits, vegetables, and other food products, in one form or another, by people around the world for centuries.

If you’re thinking about building one of your own, you need to have a look at these 11 simple root cellar ideas before you get started!

Storm Garden

Idea shared from littlemisourihomestead.

Perhaps not as simple as the rest of the root cellars on our list, this storm garden is a great idea for those who want to combine their garden and cellar into one extremely cool unit.

Mini Root Cellar

Shared from askaprepper.

Root cellars don’t get much more simple than this metal trash can with lid buried in the ground. Cender blocks help keep debris from cover it up.

Brick Root Cellar

Watch the video on YouTube.

If you want to build a simple underground storage area, and want it to last for decades to come, what better design than this one made with bricks and mortar? Take one from the three little pigs, you’ll never have to build another.


Idea shared via technology.ideas2live4.

The ground fridge is a simple design, sure, but it is far more expensive than most root cellars. If money isn’t a problem, and you’d rather not get your hands dirty, having one of these puppies installed may be the way to go.

Buried Boat

Buried boat root cellar idea via morningchores.

Do you happen to have an old sailboat or yacht lying around and wasting away? Dig a hole, drop her down, and cover her with tar and you have a weather proof root cellar like no other.

Hobbit Hole

Shared from lushhome.

Have you been looking for an excuse to build a hobbit hole of your very own ever since reading Tolkein’s LOTR series? Well, now you can stop looking and get to work! Meet the hobbit hole root cellar, where you can store potatoes and kick up your heels with a cup of tea all in once place.

Earthbag Root Cellar

Simple earthbag cellar via nowandzenfarm.

Dirt is far more useful than many folks realize. Not only can you grow things in it, make mud pies from it, and dig up treasure, but you can also pack it into earthbags and create a rock-solid root cellar. This design also doubles as a bombshelter.

Buried Timber Root Cellar

Idea shared by survivalist.

If you like the idea of a walk-in root cellar, and are handy with timber, this buried cabin-like cellar may be the one for you! You can even grow grass or a flower bed on top of it.

Stacked Tires and Earth

Idea via grit.

If you can get your hands on a truckload of used tires, and a giant pile of earth, you don’t even need to dig a hole to make a kick-ass root cellar. Simply stack the tires, fill them with dirt and rocks, and slap a roof over top of them. Heap on the earth and you’re good to go.

Cinder Block Root Cellar

Shared from preppingtosurvive.

This sturdy root cellar made of cinder blocks and cement will definitely stand up to the test of time. Regardless how hard the big bad wolf huffs and puffs and tries to blow it down, it won’t fall.

Old Fridge/Freezer

Idea via OBN.

When it’s time to retire the old freezer or fridge, instead of hauling it off to the dump, or sitting it on the back porch for the next three decades, why not dump it into a hole in the ground, slap a pipe in the side of it, and use it as a high-grade weatherproof storage for all those fruits and veggies you work so hard growing each year?

What Kind of Root Cellar Will You Build?

With all of the great ideas listed above you should have no problem finding a root cellar design that matches your personality and the materials you have access to.

Do you have a cool root cellar idea to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below if so!

Good luck and thanks for reading!

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