I’ve been immensely impressed with the IKEA process. The few problems I’ve run into have been relatively minor in the grand scheme. They’ve thought of everything…
What I’m not impressed with is their solution for spice racks. As of this writing, they offer two options: a drawer liner where you lay the spices down inside a shallow drawer, like this:
or a spice rack that hangs underneath your upper cabinets on your back splash, like this:
I use this rail system for other things, but I just don’t like it as a spice rack.
I don’t like these solutions because drawer space is at a premium in small kitchens and I like my spices put away and hidden, so a rack that sits out in open view is an eyesore. There are some cute solutions that involve buying a ton of little glass jars and displaying them on a small shelf, like this:
So adorable! But this is just too much work for me. Often, I identify the spices visually based on their brand or size container, and this would just mess with my flow.
This is where the Rev-a-Shelf spice racks come in. Without fail, you will end up with a gap between your cabinets, or between an end cabinet and a wall. In our case, it was between the end of an upper cabinet and the side of our fridge panel. It was about 3.5″ and it gave us just enough room to do this custom spice rack.
We were able to do this with a little bit of luck and some planning.
Step 1: Have at least a 3.5″ gap. It can be almost anywhere. Rev-a-Shelf also makes a pull-out spice rack that goes between lower cabinets, but I don’t like the idea of bending down to look for spices.
Step 2: L-brackets. We really lucked out on this one. I had an L-bracket left over from some other IKEA project and it looks like this:
If you’re doing a light rail, the L-bracket doesn’t have to be fancy since it’ll be hidden. If you’re not doing a light rail, you’ll want to find one that matches your cabinets or that you can paint to match. This L-bracket is about 8 inches long but we could have easily found smaller ones and used more of them.
Step 3: Secure the top of the spice rack to the cabinet. Your screws shouldn’t be more than 1.5 inches. You can use another small L-bracket for this but we simply screwed it directly into the side of the cabinet. Be careful that your screws are just long enough to pass through the spice rack and halfway through the cabinet, or you’ll have an ugly hole on the other side to cover up.
Step 4: Use the filler strip as the front of your spice rack. This works well for the Adel off-white cabinets but I’m not sure what the filler strips are like for some of the other colors. Because of how the filler strip works, it looks like the others we’ve used in other parts of our kitchen, but this one hides the spice rack!
Step 5: Figure out some kind of handle or pull. If you truly want it to be hidden, then skip the cabinet pull/knob/handle. I didn’t want finger marks on the filler strip so we used the same pull as the rest of the upper cabinets.
This really is the missing link for IKEA kitchens. It seems like such an easy thing to offer! I’ve noticed their spice rack solutions are starting to disappear off the shelves and I’ve noticed the drawer liner for spices has disappeared from their website, so perhaps they’re coming up with something spectacular.