The Grundtal kitchen organiser series is one of Ikea’s classic lines, a simple, modern and practical storage system with a ‘professional kitchen’ look. We’ve already got a couple of rails for pots and pans and I wanted to add another to a bit of wall next to our oven. Unfortunately the shortest Grundtal rail that IKEA sell (40cm) was about 15cm too long for wall I had in mind. I needed a modified extra-short version. Here is my way of customising the length of a Grundtal rail using a hacksaw and a bottle of wine.
1 x 40cm Grundtal Rail (Article no: 002.135.39)
1 x Bottle of wine (with cork)
1 x 5mm Rawlplug
1 x Screw
Step 1: Use junior hacksaw to cut the rail down to the required length – this inevitably involves hacking off one of the threaded nuts used to secure the rail to a bracket.
Step 2: Remove cork from your bottle of wine, drill a 6mm hole down the middle, and insert a 5mm rawlplug.
Step 3: Using a knife, trim the cork evenly around the sides until you can squeeze it into the end of the rail.
Step 4: Attach rail to the bracket using a 30mm screw into the ‘corked’ end of the rail.
Step 5: Mount your extra-short Grundtal rail on the wall. Stand back, admire, drink bottle of wine.
Despite its simplicity, I’m rather pleased with this IKEA hack. Not only has it elegantly solved my middle-class problem of where to store basil, but as an added bonus, the by-product is a full bottle of red wine. Cheers.
~ by Tom Baughan