Kitchen Organiser

Published on January 14th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Small Space Kitchen Organiser

Materials: KNUFF Magazine file (set of 2), Craft wood (I used one 3 inch by 36 inch by 3/8 inch piece), wood screws, small hand saw, power drill and paint

Description: In my kitchen, there was the weird spot between two cabinet that was just there, and SUPER NARROW. At only 8 inches across, it was too small to add in a pre-build cabinet. Here is my solution using the KNUFF Magazine Files (I refer to them as ‘holders’):

1. First using a hammer, I popped out the small front side of both holders. Now, you could leave them in and skip step 2.

2. These are attached together, like a puzzle and I wanted my edge to be flat, so using a small saw, I cut off the tabs. The wood is relativity thin, so it cuts easily.

3. Next, because the width of the two holders together was less than my 8 inch gap, I cut two base pieces from craft wood, 8 inches across. I then drilled and screwed the base pieces to the holders. This step could also be skipped or altered, depending on where you are mounting this.

***NOTE: At this point, you will notice that one of the the holders is smaller than the other. To solve this, I just added a filer piece, behind the shorter side, when I screwed it to the wall.***

4. Paint! I painted mine via black spray paint.

5. Once it is dry, time to mount! My wall has a stud where I planned to hang it, but I would recommend using drywall anchors if there is no studs available.

I drilled and used a total of six 1.5 inch screws. There are two on the top edge and one in the base of the holders. Remember to use a small piece of wood behind the shorter side, so it mounts flat against the wall.

6. Add the items you want to store! I knew I wanted to use this for my cutting boards, but it also works well for foil, plastic wrap, and plastic storage bags.

My sister also suggested that it would make a good cookbook holder.

~ Kayla, Renton, Wa

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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".

7 Responses to Small Space Kitchen Organiser

  1. This is a nice little addition you can have in a kitchen i guess, however, if you can redesign your kitchen from the begging and have it all fitted then you will save more room and be able to incorporate space saving at time of design and build.

  2. khatchie says:


    Here is a link to a further back view showing my hack in my kitchen.

    Also- The wire on the top of the cabinets was from Christmas lights, and they were just there for the holidays, so I wasn’t trying to hide it. I do want to get a piece of wood cut to paint and put above the hack.

    As for the screws, I have since switched them for smaller ones.

    In the photo, you can also see another IKEA hack. I saw on here were someone posted about using the RIBBA picture ledge as a spice rack. I LOVE IT. I used my existing jars from my counter top spinning one.

    • khatchie says:

      And honestly, I was looking for a cheap, easy way to fill an odd and small space. Total cost for this project was under $15 and most of the stuff, like the paint and screws I already had lying around. The holders cost 9.99 for the set of two.

      I am by no means anywhere near a profession carpenter, and this was an easy was to add a ‘custom’ shelf.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think your awesome kitchen shut down that negative poster above. Good on you.

  3. Deco Review says:

    Brilliant idea

  4. kora ortiz says:

    good idea..i have some weird random spaces that this could work in…i do wish you had a picture from farther away so i could get a better idea what it looks like..and i do agree with using smaller screws to make it look alittle nicer..but,eh,whatever..its a cool “hack” totally gonna try this..thanks for the idea!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, since I didn’t see the rest of your kitchen, I can’t tell if it fits in. Judging by the photo, your spot changed from weird to a kind of ugly. Nothing against a good hack, but this is just misusing wood that was formerly shaped by Ikea.
    Maybe it would look better, if you try to follow the upper line of you closets with an extra piece of wood (that could also hide the cable)? And maybe it would be a good idea to use screws with the right length?
    Anyway, good luck and all the best for your future “hacks”!

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