Published on August 12th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Magnetic hacks

Hanging stuff up with magnets is a great way to declutter and get more work space. These 3 hacks show how you can add a little attraction to your space.

Craft magnet
Linda makes good use of the Grundtal magnetic knife rack in her craft room.

What she did was attach the knife rack onto her wired craft basket drawers and just “stick” her crafty tools onto the strip.

See more of Linda’s crafty storage here.

Refrigerator knife holder
Adam and Melissa didn’t have an obvious place in their kitchen to put a magnetic knife strip. They say, “The best location was the side of our refrigerator but we didn’t want to drill into it. So we took 2 Grundtal knife magnets and glued the ‘non-magnet’ faces together. You can discard the 2 cylindrical spacers that come with each magnet. We added glue and clamped it overnight to allow the glue to cure. One face sticks to the fridge while the other face is for our knives. The magnet sticks very well to the fridge — it takes two hands to pull it off.”


Mini magnetic knife holder
For Clara, a full magnetic strip wasn’t necessary. So she just added her 3/8″ rare earth and ceramic magnets to set up a mini panel for her knives.


See more of Clara’s mini-magnetic knife holder here.
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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

15 Responses to Magnetic hacks

  1. Lucie says:

    hi – I want to attach something to my knife rack, but am confused as whether to buy a magnet strip which is side a or side b – can you help??

  2. Anonymous says:

    Houston Ikea-hack,

    Did you put rare earth magnets in between the two strips to hold everything together? My husband and I are wanting to rig up this same knife holder for our own kitchen as our knife block takes up way more real estate on our counter than we are willing to continue giving up!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I bought 4 of the Grundtal knife magnets from Ikea here in Houston, they were 9.99 apiece. I used a 1/2 inch long stove bolt with nut, and used 7 washers as spacers. (the included spacers do leave a gap that I didnt like). That worked perfect and now I have 2 20 inch magnetic knife holders on the side of the fridge for about $45 and it looks great. The rare earth magnets really hold it all together. Be careful when sticking them together or you will get your fingers smashed. The magnets are really powerful.

  4. Jonathan says:

    We accomplished the refrigerator magnet hack by attaching the two mounting strips together with one set of spacers and a couple bolts and nuts.

    It does seem Ikea has changed the mounting strip. The spacers are needed to keep the mounting strips far enough apart so that the magnets are parallel. It results in a small gap between the magnets, but using a number of washers instead of the spacers you could eliminate it.

  5. Marcy says:

    I agree with those with those of you who actually have these racks that they are pretty safe-way safer than my mother’s wooden rack that used to hang on the wall. I’d drop a knife anytime I was the one putting the dishes away as a kid. The way I mounted mine does avoid the unsheathed points though. I mounted it on the underside of the cabinets. Now my knives are out of the way and the points point toward the wall. They aren’t as visible as say hanging on the wall but if you’re like me you can identify that perfect knife from its handle. Mounting under the cabinets worked so well that I am now going to mount several more under my other cabinets to hold small jars full of loose tea and spices. The lids on the jars are steel so they stick right to it. I can see the contents and they aren’t cluttering my counter tops. Yay!

  6. iden says:

    We actually just fastened a strip of thick magnetic tape on the back of our Grundtal. Cheaper than two, and works like a charm!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I saw the Gruntal, and tried to stick it directly to an Ikea display fridge. It stuck, but not very strongly, so I put it back. I didn’t think about attaching a pair back-to-back. Very clever!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Those look safe until someone trips,slips, leans or falls onto one or all of those knifes. Accidents happen and that looks like a good way to lose a body part or several.

  9. reddog says:

    love the knife holder. My wife will love this idea.


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  10. clara says:

    The rare earth is very strong. The mutual attraction it has between the bar and the knife isn’t particularly easy to tear apart. My post has more details for anyone interested.

  11. Francis says:

    Last year I stuck two Grundtal knife magnets together so that I could mount it to the side of my fridge too and it looks exactly like the picture. I didn’t feel that any kind of glue (gorilla, epoxy, etc.. ) would be safe enough to hold a set of very sharp knives though. Instead I used small nuts and bolts to hold the ends together and hammered and shaved down the end of the bolt on the fridge facing side with a dremel tool.

  12. Ours is rock solid, the magnet is so strong, it’s not going anywhere. It’s even better than an expensive one we bought from a high end kitchen store and wall mounted at our last house. Really there is nothing unsafe about it, or any different from any other mounted knife storage.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wow neither of these look safe!

  14. We used Gorilla glue, but the last time we were at Ikea, it looks like they may have modified the Grundtal magnet…You might have to improvise a new way now. Good luck!

    Adam and Melissa

  15. Anonymous says:

    Refrigerator knife holder
    - what glue did you use?

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