“All those spices and herbs in your spice rack can do more than provide calorie-free, natural flavorings to enhance and make food delicious. They’re also an incredible source of antioxidants and help rev up your metabolism and improve your health at the same time.”- Suzanne Somers
Variety is the spice of life, but spices are the life of your food. You could cook food without seasoning, but it would be bland and boring. Whether you’re the type to have a few core seasonings that you use all the time or have an extensive collection, you need to have a secure place that’s easily within reach to store them all.
You could shove them all on a cabinet shelf, but this will look messy and disorganized and be hard to get to your spices. Instead, make your time in the kitchen easier by organizing them. These spice rack ideas will get you inspired to upgrade your storage solution to something that is both functional and beautiful.
1. Spice Rack Storage Ideas
Get creative with the rack you use to hold and organize your spice jars. You don’t have to use open shelves or a complete shelving unit. Sometimes, an item that wasn’t intended to be a spice rack is the perfect solution for your spice shelf.
Depending on your storage space size, you could use a vintage soda crate that once held the small glass bottles. Or you could use an old milk bottle crate and easily bring your spice jars with you around the kitchen. Affix different sized wood crates to your wall and DIY your own shelving/display unit.
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2. Wood Spice Rack Ideas
A wooden spice rack is functional and beautiful. Choose a wood that’s complementary to your kitchen decor. It could have a worn finish to mimic reclaimed wood for a rustic or farmhouse feel. Or you could use a light wood that will blend in beautifully with a Scandinavian design.
If you want to build a custom rack, wood is an easy and forgiving material to work with. You can buy affordable pieces of scrap wood and create the perfect rack that fits in your kitchen and holds all of your spices.
Give your rack an old-world elegance with decorative trim pieces that make your rack look as though it’s intricately carved.
3. Spice Drawer Ideas
If you’re limited on cabinet space, consider keeping your spices in a drawer. This is a nice solution because it puts all of your spices immediately on display. You’ll need to have a drawer organizer for them and spice containers that neatly fit into the organizer and the drawer. This typically means having a set of jars that you transfer the spices into.
If you have a deep enough drawer, you can label the lids and stand them up. However, most people find that their drawers are too shallow for this and end up laying them down. For increased functionality, look for one that puts the jars on a slight slant. This will make it easier to grab one jar and put it back without disrupting the other rows.
4. Hidden Spice Rack Ideas
Modern cabinet makers have found creative ways to hide a spice jar specific storage space in the kitchen counters. These hidden pull-outs are one or two spice jars wide and as deep and tall as your other cabinets. You’ll have several shelves with rails on either side to hold the jars in place. You then pull the drawer out to access your spices or slide it back in place to hide them.
If you aren’t building a new kitchen or remodeling, you can still build a custom hidden pull out. Look at the available space you have around your fridge. You can build a rolling rack with a solid front with a handle that fits into the space.
5. Hanging Spice Rack Ideas
Creating a hanging spice rack can be a unique and creative way to organize your spices. If you have wall space, you can string planks of wood together for a multi-tiered shelving system. Use a rough twine or jute rope to give it a rustic feel. A thin boat line can create a nautical feel for a coastal home. String some black rope around a metal pipe affixed to the wall for an industrial feel.
Another hanging option is to utilize the space under your upper cabinets. You could have magnetic strips on the bottom of your cabinet that the spice jars connect to by their lids. Or you could affix Velcro dots to the cabinet and your lids. Then they’ll hang under the cabinet and out of the way. If you decide to do a hanging option, use jars with lids that securely screw-on. Otherwise, you risk the body of the spice jar falling from the lid and spilling spices everywhere.
6. Cupboard Spice Rack Ideas
Storing your spices in a cabinet is smart. It puts them easily within reach while cooking and protects them from degrading in the light. However, piling them all on a shelf is a terrible idea, and something will get lost in the back. Arrange them in your cabinet so that you can easily see everything.
A lazy susan is perfect because you can line the spices on the spinning plate and spin it to see everything. You could also mount a test tube spice rack on the inside of the cabinet door. This utilizes space that often goes unused. However, you’ll want to make sure the spice jars don’t interfere with the shelves or anything on them.
7. Metal Spice Rack Ideas
8. Magnetic Spice Rack Ideas
The most common magnetic spice racks are strips of metal that you adhere to your wall or cabinets. You’ll then put your spices into magnetic spice jars. The metal strip will hold the jars in place. If you have many spices, you may need to use a large metal plate instead of thin strips to hold all of the jars.
Another option is to use the side of your fridge. If you have access and your jars have strong enough magnets, you can affix them to your fridge. Whatever style you use, the jar will either attach by its lid or the body of the jar. If you don’t want to buy new jars, you could glue magnets to the back of your glass jars.
9. Organizer Ideas for Spice Storage
If you don’t need a large spice rack, then a small spice organizer is all you need. You can place it on a shelf, in the pantry, or on the counter. This is nice because you can move it about as your cooking or if you want to reorganize and move your spices to another cabinet, it’s easy.
A popular option is a tiered stand. It will have one or two levels that you can place your spice jars on. Another beautiful display is a criss-cross design that looks like a smaller version of a wine rack. You’ll place your spice jars in the spaces with the tops showing.
10. Cabinet Spice Rack Ideas
Mount a shallow kitchen cabinet on your wall or inside of a cupboard to organize spices. These shallow cabinets are just deep enough to hold your spice jars in a line, with several flat rows lined up above and below each other. You can see everything immediately, and the individual cabinet keeps your spices safe and away from light when not in use.
These cabinets are typically made from wood and can be as simple or as ornate as you want. This organizational system works best for people with a smaller spice collection.
11. Shelves Spice Rack Ideas
Open shelves are trending when it comes to kitchen design. However, committing to only open shelves throughout your kitchen isn’t practical for most people. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on them completely. Modern designs use open shelves as display pieces.
Mount one or multiple small open shelves on your wall and display your spices on them. The shelves can be shorter and offset on the wall. Or you can have one long shelf that extends the entire length of your kitchen wall under the upper wall cabinets.
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12. Mason Jar Spice Rack Ideas
13. Pantry Spice Rack Ideas
If you have a large pantry closet, storing your spices here can be convenient. A pantry shelf is a perfect place for your spice rack. You can have multiple levels to the spice rack to utilize the vertical space and see all of your spices at once.
If you don’t have the shelf space, consider mounting your spice rack on the backside of your pantry door. When you close the door, the spices will sit in the unused space. When the door opens, your spices will be easily within reach while you’re grabbing the other ingredients needed for your recipe.
14. Modern Spice Rack Ideas
Give your spice rack a modern touch by using clear Lucite or acrylic shelves instead of wood. You can then place glass jars with wood lids on them. Finish the look with crisp white labels that have plenty of white space and a clean san serif font.
Another modern option is to have a countertop spice rack. They’re typically four-sided and have three or four spice jars on each side. You can spin the rack 360 degrees to access the different spices. These racks are nice because they typically come as a complete set with the rack and prelabeled jars.
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15. DIY Spice Rack Ideas
Do you have a small kitchen or one that is uniquely shaped? Then building your own DIY spice rack gives you the freedom to create your own storage solution. Sometimes, this is the only solution when you can’t find one that fits your kitchen space and spice collection.
The easy approach is to build a unique spice rack out of wood. You could create a stand that sits on the counter or a rack that mounts on the wall. Another simple solution is to mount wire baskets on the back of a door. Then place your spice jars in them.
You want your spices to be easily within reach while cooking. Look for ways you can build a spice rack into an area near your food prep area or stove. You could build a rack that sits on the back of the stove or shelves that mount under your upper cabinets or on another wall.
16. Kitchen Wall Spice Rack Ideas
It’s actually not a smart idea to store your spices on a kitchen wall. Exposure to sunlight degrades the quality of the spices. If you regularly use your spices, this isn’t a big deal because you’ll use them before they degrade too much. However, the spices that get used less often may not be as flavorful when you get to the bottom of the jar.
What you could do is seasonally rotate your spices. Then use the wall rack for the spices that you use most often during that time of year. Another option is to use your wall rack for your favorite spices that you go through faster. Then keep less-used spices safely tucked away.