Open kitchen shelving…and a dog on a chair

Posted on Sun, 9 Dec 2007 by KiM

Skye sent an email in regards to my kitchen inspiration post that I thought I’d share (part of it anyway).

“Your kitchen has so much potential! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. We recently did an inexpensive IKEA kitchen replacement and decided to go with open shelving. It’s so handy! I’ve attached a photo. Sorry about the poor quality and lack of ‘editing.’ I took a quick photo to send to my parents after making lunch one day, hence the shark pot mitt and dirty stove. I just wanted to show you a real open shelved kitchen in action. The shelves are just simple IKEA lack shelves screwed into the concrete. The bottom shelf sags a little because the plates are so heavy, but it all works out. I find the pot rack indispensable. It’s so nice to just reach for a pan when I need one. The kitchen is still a work in progress, but it’s FAR better than the previous chip-board/wood laminate monstrosity that was there when we bought the place! I’ve also included a dog on a piece of furniture. His name is Max. The chair is something temporary until I can find another piece I actually like….”

I have vowed never to use Lack floating shelves again due to the nightmare they caused in my living room, but I hadn’t thought about hanging my pots, which is a great idea given how much space they take up in a cupboard. And Max is such a cutie. Thanks to Skye and everyone else for the tips on my future kitchen renovation.

Is that a glass splashback? Such a good idea and so clean looking. Max ix adorable 🙂

Sol says:

Kim, I was thinking of putting Lack shelves on my son’s room. Tell me about your living room! What happened? thx

kim. says:

Sol – you need to make sure they get screwed into a wall stud or they will fall down. Which is what happened when we initially put them up. We used wall anchors but that clearly wasn’t enough. They are heavy to begin with and then with anything placed on them, it becomes an issue. Also, only use them if you have super straight walls. When we moved them to the opposite side of the living room, they worked OK (made sure each one was in at least 1 stud) and were careful as to what weight we put on them. But there I noticed they looked a bit odd because they weren’t completely flush with the wall. I thought it was because they were coming loose, but it’s because the walls weren’t completely straight. This is more of an issue with the longer shelves. Go ahead and use them, but don’t think they’ll hold alot of weight, and check for studs first.

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