The Easy-to-Add Super-Stylish Storage Solution Every Kitchen Needs

published Dec 12, 2016
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An interesting trend in kitchen design, as of late, is the movement towards kitchens with open shelving, or even little or no storage above the countertop at all. It’s a lovely look, but also results in a bit of a quandary as to where to put things, especially things that you use fairly often, like pots and pans and little kitchen tools. Enter the kitchen rail. It holds all your stuff, it hardly takes up any space at all, and it can be surprisingly beautiful, in a very utilitarian way. Read on for all sorts of kitchen rail inspiration, including sources and DIYs for getting the look in your own home.


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A copper pot rail adds a little shine to a kitchen from Bunker Workshop (also lead image above).

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A brass pot rail pairs beautifully with a textured pink wall in a kitchen design by Jersey Ice Cream Co.

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This brass utensil rail adds a touch of luxury to a kitchen from Gisbert Poeppler.

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A black kitchen rail spans the length of a kitchen from Plain English (via Seasons in Color). Shoes on the countertop not recommended.

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A kitchen rail pairs neatly with a single open shelf in this kitchen from The Style Files.

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Pot rails made from copper pipe coordinate beautifully with the copper accents in this kitchen from Nordic Design.

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A more traditional peg rail, seen in a kitchen from Scandinavian Love Song.

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Mounting the rail to the wall is one choice: if you prefer not to drill into the backsplash, you can also hang it from the underside of the cabinet, as seen here in a kitchen from Coco Lapine Design.

Where To Buy

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The one kitchen rail that seems to pop up just absolutely everywhere is IKEA’s GRUNDTAL (seen here in the kitchen of Kim’s Paris home). It’s inexpensive, comes in three lengths, and can be accessorized with hooks, shelves, utensil holders, and even a dish drainer.

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If you love the brass look, GRUNTAL can do that too. Get the tutorial from Swoon Worthy. (Hint: all it takes is a little spray paint.)

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This stainless kitchen rail with integral hooks is available for $17.99 from Amazon.

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IKEA’s FINTORP series also includes hooks and utensil holders you can hang on the rail (shown here used as planters).

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Art & Article sells these brass towel hangers, which would also make an excellent pot rail. The small size is $88 and the large is $108, and the coordinating brass S-hooks are sold separately.

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This beautifully minimal black iron kitchen rail, from Japanese shop Orne de Feuilles, comes in small ($29) and large ($39) sizes.

Or, How To DIY

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The folks at Style Me Pretty created this tutorial for a kitchen rail made from copper pipe.

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This DIY from Bolig Liv uses a brass carpet cover strip and brass hooks, mounted to the wall, to create a stylish kitchen rail.

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This utensil rail, spotted in a kitchen from Style at Home, was created using curtain rods and hardware.

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It almost looks too fancy to be a DIY, but this kitchen rail from One Kings Lane was created using a length of brass pipe from Online Metals. No word on where the brackets holding the pipe to the wall are from, but this bracket looks like it could do the trick.