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Upgrade your old kitchen island with a hot new rack

I have had a STENSTORP Kitchen island in black for years and 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 only 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 Kitchen Island
  • VADHOLMA rack
Other materials and tools:

STENSTORP kitchen island with rack, VADHOLMA style

STENSTORP Kitchen island

STENSTORP Kitchen Island | IKEA.com

Items needed are the STENSTORP 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.

STENSTORP Kitchen island with rack ala the new VADHOLMA


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

STENSTORP Kitchen island with rack ala the new VADHOLMA

Step 3) Reassemble and attach the rack

STENSTORP 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 as 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 and because this was the middle of the island so thought it looks the best but you could go anywhere along the horizontal bar.

STENSTORP Kitchen island with rack ala the new VADHOLMA

~ by Daniel