If you weren’t already hip to the IKEA GRUNDTAL system, now’s the time to smarten up. A rail-based organizer that comes with hooks and stainless steel shelves and containers, this super slim storage hub can easily squeeze onto a tiny kitchen wall without taking up an inch of floor space.
No wonder it keeps popping up in some of the savviest spaces across the web. To prove our point, we rounded up eight stylish homes using IKEA GRUNDTAL rails to organize the kitchen. From makeshift spice racks to hanging coffee mugs, here’s how real people use IKEA GRUNDTAL rails to make the most of their limited kitchen space.
Pictured above: Believe it or not, a sliver of wall space can still offer some serious storage potential. Case in point: Kim Laidlow’s tiny Parisian kitchen on Apartment Therapy, where she turned a couple of feet of free wall space into a full-blown storage setup. Thanks to the GRUNDTAL system, Laidlow’s kitchen now boasts a paper towel holder and makeshift spice rack, as well as an adorable oven mitt holder.
Looking for an inexpensive way to forge a chic kitchen display despite a lack of square footage? Take a cue from this gorgeous Swedish kitchen in a home sold by Stadshem and connect two or more GRUNDTAL rails together to make one extra long (and super sleek) holder to hang your pots, pans, and utensils on.
If you were under the impression the GRUNDTAL system was only good for hanging up kitchen wares with holes for hooks, then think again. Take one look at Sarah’s beach cottage kitchen and you’ll find several of the series’ magnetic knife racks—holding everything from kitchen knives to pizza cutters to spices (in little stainless steel containers).
Stuck with an insanely narrow kitchen countertop with hardly any space for storage? IKEA’s GRUNDTAL series to the rescue! Simply connect and install as many GRUNDTAL rails as your walls will allow and suddenly you’ll have room to stash your forks, knives, spoons, and dishcloths, as seen in Anna Curtis’ Chicago studio apartment on Apartment Therapy.
Obsessed with the idea of GRUNDTAL setup in your kitchen but not a fan of stainless steel? Fret not, my crafty friends: Swoonworthy has an amazing DIY tutorial on how to glam up your GRUNDTAL system with just a little bit of gold spray paint. The end result is stunning and won’t cost you more than a couple of bucks to upgrade.
Just when we thought we’d seen all the small kitchen storage solutions out there, we caught a glimpse of James’ Brooklyn apartment on Kitchn and were stopped in our tracks. Not only has the Clinton Hill resident brilliantly employed the GRUNDTAL system to score two walls of extra storage space, he’s managed to find the room to store essentially all of his kitchen wares — think: glasses, pots, pans, plates and more — within an arm’s reach.
If you’re dying to know what the GRUNDTAL rail system looks like in its entirety, look no further than this kitchen straight from IKEA. It combines two sky-high storage-savvy wall displays using nearly every GRUNDTAL product from the IKEA series.
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