When I was first settling into my kitchen, I quickly realized that drawer space was at such a premium that I would not have room for an in-drawer knife block (my number one choice for knife storage). Ditto goes for the countertop. So I purchased a magnetic knife rack. But when it came time to hang it up, I faced, well, a bit of a hangup:
Should it be vertical? Horizontal? Tucked into the backsplash between the countertop and upper cabinets or located on a more open wall? And at what height? All of these questions came to me quite unexpectedly. And the way I found the right spot for my kitchen was by measuring my knives, considering where I do most prep work, and looking at lots of examples.
This post is to help with the example part. The rest, you'll have to do! The gallery up top shows a few different ideas for mounting orientation and location of magnetic knife strips.
- Horizontal under cabinets This is perfect for especially small kitchens where the only wall area is that space between the counter and the uppers. Not particularly good if you have extra-long knives to hang. Note in the example how the rack is located right above the small countertop prep area: no need to reach across the sink or range.
- Vertical in open space This location is best if you have large or long knives to store (and a tall, slender wall area for going vertical).
- Horizontal, next to range If you prep near the cooktop and find yourself with a range located in a corner, this can be a good way to use up that awkward sidewall. Double up as seen in the example if you have a lot of knives!
- As part of a larger system A magnetic knife strip can be aligned with other storage, like the spice organizer in the example above or hanging utensil rods.
- Under the cabinets This is a unique solution if you A) don't like the appearance of a knife rack and/or B) don't have wall space for one.
For the record, I ended up going vertical on an open wall area. Some of my knives are too long to comfortably fit into the space between countertop and upper cabinets.
(Images: Frisson, Alper Architect, Irideeen, 100K House, Local Kitchen)