megan By: megan

Wall Of Utensils

Finding wall storage for a 25 inch length of wall was a challenge. Most kitchen shelf/hook combinations are 30 to 36 inches. Also, I wanted to avoid wire. I don't like the look of it, and I find that too many small things poke through or fall through. And I knew I wanted solid shelves to hold little things that needed a flat surface to perch on. I looked at a bunch of different storage systems and none of them did quite what I needed, so I put pieces together fron a few places.


The one thing I knew I wanted for sure was a way to store utensils - spatulas, spoons and kitchen scissors - right there for me to grab. The world is completely lacking in this ability. I didn't want to hang them from hooks suspended from bars, the fiddliness of this combined with the imagined sound of the S-hook always falling to the floor had me frustrated already. Besides, I would have needed more than 20 hooks. I considered using the Grundtal cutlery caddies from Ikea for this, but they are just too shallow to hold long-handled utensils, they would have just tipped and fallen out.


I decided I could attached a utensil canister to one of the Ikea Gruntal bars. At first I figured that a canister with holes in it - like this one - would be easy enough to attach using some flexible wire. But first I couldn't find the canister, and then I decided I really didn't love the way it looked. And then I found solid stainless canisters at Storables and declared that I would find a way to attach them. The lip at the top keeps them above the bar, I just needed a way to keep them snug to the bar and I'd be set.


I spent an embarrassing amount of time in the hardware store peering at the various plastic bits with holes and bolts. Finally I wandered into the aisle with chain and discovered thin wire cable and ferrules (little bits of metal that you thread the wire through, then clamp down to create a permanent hold). Please see the next picture to read how I attached the canisters.


The bars are Ikea Grundtal as are the two cutlery caddies, one of which holds napkins. The utensil canisters are from Storables, the small shelf is the stainless steel gallery ledge from Pottery Barn. I use it to hold kosher salt, sea salt, a pepper grinder and the kitchen timer.


I was hoping to find a little stainless steel shelf, but if I was unable to find one I was willing to go with a white picture ledge. You can find these everywhere and I think they would work really well for spices. I wonder if they are sturdy enough allow you to screw those little mug hooks into the bottom?


One note - I spent an obsessive amount of time comparing products from The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Storables. I consistently found the products at Storables to be the most pleasing and didn't end up buying from the other places. Unfortunately Storables doesn't sell online and they only have a few stores in the PNW.

  • myra kohn PRO 9y

    I love it, Megan!
  • Claire Chauvin 9y

    Looks amazing! I love all the stainless steel against that orange.
  • Laura VW 9y

    It's so well planned! Is that a wall painted orange in the background? It looks like a really nice shade.
  • megan 9y

    Laura - that is our orange wall in the dining room. You can see it from a different angle here, and the Before shot is here. From those pictues the kitchen is to the left.

    Now we just need a dining room table!
  • Erika PRO 9y

    I love this so much! I love the orange, too.
  • emira mears 9y

    Nice work. I can well imagine how much obsessing and research and planning went into this project (from experience), and so appreciate the outcome that much more.
  • megan 9y

    Emira - looking at it now it seems so simple, and thinking back to the days of indecision and the many, many things I bought and returned it seems, well, silly.
  • Kim Rodgers 9y

    You're right about the Ikea cutlery caddies. They are too shallow for most spatulas, wooden spoons and whisks. Sigh.
  • kate 9y

    you are a genius! i love the simplicity and the look of this.
  • Funessa 8y

    I love this too! You are so crafty clever I'm jealous. ;)

    I have 2 questions though... Are there scratch marks on the wall from the containers? And can you remove them to clean them?
  • megan 8y

    Both the utensil caddies and the canisters do leave marks on the paint, but not actual scratches. They are heavy enough that they don't move as I grab utensils. I had to go and check on this because I didn't notice them at all, and they don't show from behind. I am confident these marks would go away with a gentle rub from one of those magic eraser sponges.

    I can remove them to clean them. In my case the canisters sip out of the wire, also the hanging rod from Ikea unscrews easily at either end.
  • Charisse 7y

    What a great idea!
  • Heath Ashli PRO 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called IKEA Shelves, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Heath Ashli PRO 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called "Contain Yourself!", and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • MoniSept67 6y

    love LOVE the orange.
  • Junior1892 5y

    If you are ever going to sell the GRUNDTAL cutlery holder, I would like to buy it from you
  • Viola Bloom 5y

    I love this idea. I sure could use something like this. Thank you for sharing.
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