Super-sized spice rack

Materials: Blanken bath rack, Grundtal S-hooks

Description: I turned a Blanken bath rack into a great kitchen spice rack.

Why do this? Because I have a lot of spices and all the normal spice racks are just too small. The Blanken rack on the other hand is nearly 70cm long and 2 jars deep. It is also very light, so may easily be hung under my cupboards, and is also very cheap.

I reshaped three Grundtal S-hooks using pliers, a hammer and a vice, so that they would hook into the Blanken rack, and hold it at an approximately 45 degree angle when hung up.

Then I simply screwed 3 cup hooks into the underside of my cupboards, hooked the S-hooks into the rack and hung it up. Job done. Actually not quite – you also have to write the names of your spices on their tops if it isn’t already printed there.

Some words of caution: there is one potential problem with Blanken as a spice rack, which is that its ends are open, so small jars pushed to the ends will fall through them. However this is easily solved, either simply by placing jars that are too big to fall through at the ends (Douwe Egberts coffee jars happen to be the perfect size for this task); or by adding your own ends. This could be card or plastic cut to size and glued in place, or just some string or cable ties across the ends.

~ Thomas Ashley, UK