15 Ways to Use IKEA’s $30 RÅSKOG Cart Around the Kitchen
Show us IKEA’s super-fantastic, cult-favorite RÅSKOG cart, and we’ll show you 15 ways you can use it around the kitchen. As I’ve mentioned before, the RÅSKOG is one of the best things I’ve ever bought for my kitchen, but even I continue to be surprised by its versatility. It’s useful for so much more than just storing pantry staples!
Need some convincing it’s totally worth the $30 price? Allow us.
15 Ways to Use the RÅSKOG Cart Around the Kitchen
1. Store your go-to kitchen tools.
Wooden spoons, mixing bowls, a bowl of bananas — the RÅSKOG was designed first and foremost to be a kitchen catch-all cart, and that’s a great place to start.
2. Stash onions and potatoes.
I’ve used the RÅSKOG in a number of different ways over the years. Right now it sits underneath my kitchen counter, and I store onions and potatoes in a bowl on the bottom shelf. Works great.
3. Set up a lunch station.
Packing lunch just got so much easier, thanks to this efficient and organized RÅSKOG lunch station. You can put lunch boxes and water containers on the bottom shelf, containers and utensils on the middle shelf, and pens and paper (for sweet notes for the kids!) on the top shelf. Smart, huh?
4. Store pots and pans.
Running out of space in the cabinets? Move your pots and pans to the RÅSKOG. The shelves are surprisingly roomy and can handle it.
5. Make it mostly decorative.
We’ve seen the RÅSKOG piled high with stuff (which totally works), but it can also stand on its own, or with only a few things on the shelves. Pellegrino, tea towels, and oranges? Done.
6. Store your KitchenAid stand mixer and your Le Creuset Dutch oven.
Did you know that the RÅSKOG’s top shelf is the perfect size to hold a KitchenAid stand mixer? The middle shelf can fit an oval Dutch oven as well. Yes!
7. Line up your spice jars.
If you’re tired of rummaging through the cupboard or digging in a drawer for your spices, line them up on the RÅSKOG. Don’t forget to label the tops so you can easily find what you’re looking for!
8. Use it as a cookbook shelf.
The RÅSKOG’s shelves are wide and spaced well enough apart to make them a pretty ideal place to store your favorite cookbooks.
9. Fake a cabinet.
I love this solution! In the photo above, the RÅSKOG slides under a stainless steel countertop extension and takes the place of a cabinet, filling some dead space in the process.
10. Assemble a mobile herb garden.
One of the great things about the RÅSKOG is that it’s on wheels, which means you can roll it wherever you need to. In this case, you can fill it up with your herb pots, and roll it in and out of the sun — or outside for watering! — as needed.
11. Turn it into a butcher-block island.
Whoa! Apparently IKEA’s APTITLIG butcher block ($14.99) fits perfectly on top of the RÅSKOG, which means you can actually use it as a work surface.
12. Extend your kitchen island.
Speaking of kitchen islands, the RÅSKOG is only a couple inches shorter than IKEA’s BEKVÄM cart. Put the two side by side for a little more storage space!
13. Bar cart, baby.
Okay, so this is not technically a kitchen solution, since most bar carts are not found in the kitchen. However, it still totally warrants inclusion on this list because the RÅSKOG makes a mighty-fine bar cart.
14. Set up a kitchen office area.
Many people work in the kitchen, but if you don’t have a designated kitchen desk, you can use the RÅSKOG to store your office supplies.
15. Flip the top shelf to make a portable laptop stand.
If you, like me, often bring your laptop into the kitchen to cook, this is for you. When you install the top shelf of the RÅSKOG upside down, it creates a flat surface just right for your laptop — no more wasting countertop space! You can even roll the cart around the kitchen with you as you follow a recipe.
Buy it → The RÅSKOG Utility cart, $29.99 at IKEA
Do you have the RÅSKOG in your kitchen? How do you use it?