Magnetic Knife Racks: 8 NEW ways to use this IKEA staple

Magnetic Knife Racks: 8 NEW ways to use this IKEA staple

Have you invested in a magnetic knife rack yet? You can pick one up from IKEA for under £15 - a bargain considering how versatile they are!

We just love magnetic knife racks here at Expert Home Tips. In fact, we love them so much that we've decided to celebrate their many uses in a brand new article.

Discover some of our favourite magnetic knife rack ideas below - we guarantee you'll want to try at least one or two of them!

1. DIY tool storage

DIY tool storage
How cool does that look?! ©TheCavendarDiary

Are you running out of space in that clunky toolbox of yours? There's no need to overfill it - what you need is a new system.

Downgrade your toolbox into something more manageable, and create a storage system for those DIY tools you use less often using magnetic knife racks.

As most tools are made of metal, this is a practical (and cheap!) solution. Pop a few up - one for pliers, one for paintbrushes, one for spanners etc. You could even go the extra mile and buy some small, metal tins to keep screws and hooks in.

Your garage will never have looked so organised!

2. Use a magnetic knife rack to tidy your desk

Paperclips, pins, rulers - if your desk is looking messier than your Excel spreadsheet, it's time to act!

Forget trying to find a quick fix by stuffing them into your drawer - we all know how that turns out - and instead, invest in an IKEA magnetic knife rack.

Attach one to the wall by your desk, on the inside of your drawer, or ever on the desk leg, and you'll be able to store all sorts of metal objects on it.

Pens, scissors, even a stapler - who knew office organisation could be this simple?

For more clever ways to tidy your workspace, check out our other blog post.

 3. Make a DIY noticeboard

Not got a lot of space for a big noticeboard?

No problem!

A magnetic knife rack and some magnets are all you need to create a compact and stylish noticeboard that will fit almost anywhere.

You could screw one up in the kitchen, study, or even in your room. It's perfect for holding things like to-do lists, meal plans, recipes or even that guy's number from last weekend - the options are endless!

4. DIY spice rack

spices magnetic knife rack storage
Genius! ©ChrisLovesJulia

Magnetic knife racks were initially designed to be used in the kitchen. We're returning to their roots with this idea - using a magnetic knife rack to create DIY spice jar storage.

Spice jars can take up so much space - a magnetic knife rack will enable you to reduce the room they occupy, by attaching them to the bottom of shelves, or even on walls.

TOP TIP: Not only is this a practical solution, but it can look super stylish too. Why not make your own labels whilst you're at it? You can then reuse the jars time and time again, and instead buy refill spices, which will save you loads of money.

Like this tip? Get more kitchen organisation ideas in our other article.

5. Magnetic knife rack key holder

 Where have those keys got to now? If you're the forgetful type, or perhaps just have an extremely busy life, a key rack will make things much easier for you.

Screw one up near the coat rack, in the downstairs toilet, or on the inside of a drawer, and get into the habit of popping your keys on it everytime you come home.

TOP TIP: You could also keep spare keys, garage keys, and even the dogs lead on it to get even more organised!

6. Cosmetic tool organisation

magnetic knife rack bathroom
So tidy!

Tweezers, nail clippers, bobby pins - where do you keep yours? There are many options, but one of our favourites is on a magnetic knife rack.

They look sleek and modern screwed up above the sink, or, if you want to keep them hidden, on the inside of a cabinet door.

7. Kids room organisation

magnetic knife rack ideas kids toys
Tidy & it's FUN! ©JustAGirl&HerBlog

Enthusiastic tidying up from kids is something all parents dream of. If you want to encourage your little ones to tidy up their own toys, you need to make it fun.

Here's where a magnetic knife rack could come in handy. Screw some up on the walls, and your kids will love arranging their miniature cars and metal figurines on them.

They'll have fun, and the floor will be spotless - almost. We'd consider that a win-win!

Get more storage ideas for your kid's messy room over in our other article.

8. Kitchen utensil storage

kitchen utensil storage magnetic knife rack
So much tidier! ©TheKitchn

Last on our list of magnetic knife rack ideas takes us back to the kitchen.

Not only are magnetic knife racks useful for holding knives, but lots of additional items too. Think kitchen scissors, metal slotted spoons and spatulas, and even blender blades.

TOP TIP: Be sure to keep magnetic knife racks well out of reach if you plan to place sharp items on them.

We hope we've convinved you how great magentic knife racks can be! Do you have any ideas for them you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Charles L. Gallagher on June 13, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Sorry but I've stored my tools, spanners etc like this for over 50 years.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      You're a trendsetter, Charles!

  2. Author Lesley on June 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Wow what fab, easy idea's for alternative uses. I'm definitely going to try some of these and think of some of my own.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Lesley, we hope you love them!


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