7 Ways to Corral Your Kitchen Knives

Knives usually end up hidden in a drawer; here’s a roundup of ways to stow your kitchen arsenal in plain sight.

Above: Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo, partners in the Brooklyn Home Company, added a clever kitchen addition to their brownstone in Brooklyn, a custom island of sapele wood with a built-in knife block.

Above: First spotted on AT–a Vancouver couple renovated their kitchen and didn’t want the typical magnetic knife strip or a bulky knife block. Instead, they used a $20 Ikea Kraftig cutting board, created holes to fit their knifes, and sunk it into the kitchen counter a knife block (the blades disappear into an empty space beneath the counter).

Above: Lauren Snyder, the owner of Primary Essentials in Boerum Hill, stores her knives in a custom-built glass shelves in her Brooklyn kitchen. Photo by Julia Robbs for Refinery 29.

Above: Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks commissioned the 20-inch-long Jacob May Knife Strip in bleached maple for her SF offices; it’s $180 from Quitokeeto.

Above: Kitchen design company Viola Park integrated a knife block into a stainless steel backsplash. The wood block holds 12 knives and is available in walnut, rift-cut white oak, and bamboo; $125.

Above: Kaela Porter writes the blog Local Kitchen and lives in a 1,000-square-foot cottage. Because of space limitations, she needed to come up with a clever storage solution for her knives. She installed a magnetic knife rack at the base of her kitchen cabinet, so the knives are in easy reach.

Above: In a house in the Netherlands, designers Ina & Matt added a built-in knife rack in a work table.

How about making your own knife rack? Have a look at Alexa’s recent DIY: Wall-Mounted Leather Knife Rack. For more easy design ideas, go to our Quick Fixes archive.

Looking for a place to store garden tools? On Gardenista, check out a Powder-Coated Steel Tool Rack.

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