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Upgrade freestanding kitchen island with a hot new rack

I have had a STENSTORP freestanding kitchen island in black for years.

And then …

… when the 2019 IKEA catalog came out with the new VADHOLMA kitchen island with rack I was immediately smitten.

I trawled Google looking for someone that had managed to fit the new rack on the old bench.

But I only read people saying that the new kitchen island was different and that it wouldn’t be possible.

For $100 I thought it would probably be worth a try so picked one up.

IKEA items used:
  • STENSTORP Freestanding Kitchen Island
  • VADHOLMA rack
Other materials and tools:

How to add rack to freestanding kitchen island

STENSTORP Freestanding Kitchen island

STENSTORP Kitchen Island | IKEA.com

Items needed are the STENSTORP freestanding kitchen island (the big one). I had it in black which looks great, not sure how the white will look though you could easily paint the rack to match.

VADHOLMA rack

VADHOLMA rack | IKEA.com

The process I followed was below and then what I would do if I needed to do it again is below that.

Step 1) Pull the existing island into pieces and determine where to attach the rack.

Upgrade freestanding kitchen island with a hot new rack


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Step 2) Drill the 2 holes on both sides ensuring that they will line up.

Upgrade freestanding kitchen island with a hot new rack VADHOLMA

Step 3) Reassemble and attach the rack

Upgrade STENSTORP freestanding kitchen island with rack ala the new VADHOLMA

If I was going to do it all again I would measure the whole thing up and drill the sides without disassembling it. That would be faster and it didn’t make a difference in the end.

It did make it easier when working out where to attach the rack initially.

I went immediately next to the vertical beam for strength because this was the middle of the island so I thought it looks the best. But you could go anywhere along the horizontal bar.

Upgrade STENSTORP freestanding kitchen island with rack ala the new VADHOLMA

~ by Daniel


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