The IKEA Kitchen: RATIONELL Cutlery Tray

Ah IKEA. We spent a few hours there on two separate trips recently, and we were reminded of how much we love and hate the place. It's maddening yet delicious; inexpensive yet deceptively pricey. Some of their kitchen goods are not worth even the $2 they cost, but there are others that we have found to be good buys. We'll look at a few favorites this month - feel free to chip in with your own!

Here's the first installment: the RATIONELL wooden cutlery drawer.

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We like this tray a lot; it's made out of solid beech and gives a substantial, clean look to our flimsy old kitchen drawer. It's smooth and well-made and we love how long it is. There's plenty of room for our small set of silver as well as everyday cutlery.

This is designed to go inside their RATIONELL system of kitchen cabinet drawers, but it fits just inside our regular drawer. It's pretty heavy and so doesn't slide around like our old plastic tray.

We saw a similar tray at Target for the same price, but this one is better made, heavier, and an all-round better buy. Two thumbs up!

RATIONELL Cutlery Tray, $19.99-$29.99 at IKEA-USA. Available online.

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