Today’s market offers many different spice rack designs for storing all the different types of spices you should have on hand. Choosing the right one can add to or detract from the flow of your kitchen. When shopping for a spice rack, you will need to consider aspects like design, size, cost and location. To help you find your perfect spice companion, here are a few key components to keep in mind.
Choose a rack type based on how often you will be using your spices, how many you like to keep on hand and where you will be storing them. Do you want them on display for all to see? Do you want them out of sight when you’re not cooking? You’ll need to consider all of these variables when deciding on a particular design.
Where should you store spices?
For spices to retain their flavor and freshness, they need to be stored in the right environment. For the best results, they should be stored in a cool, dark, moisture-free area. Nobody wants clumpy garlic powder or wilted oregano leaves in the spaghetti, so choose your location wisely, and select the best spice rack for that location.
For instance, if a cabinet is the only place in your kitchen that is cool and shaded, then you may want to stick with a cabinet rack. Likewise, if you have a free counter that is far from the oven and away from direct sunlight, a countertop style may be your best option.
How much does a spice rack cost?
If budget is your primary concern, many plastic spice racks are available for under $20. However, those constructed of solid wood, stainless steel and other durable materials are commonly priced in the $30 to $75 range.
How many spices should you have on hand?
The number of spices you have on hand in your kitchen will in-part dictate the spice rack you get. If you’re an avid cook with 30 spices, you need a sizable spice rack. If, on the other hand, you have 6 spices, you can get away with a much smaller rack. If you’re looking for a magic number, it doesn’t exist. However, 20 to 25 different spices is a fairly large selection that will serve you well.
Now, let’s move on to spice storage options.
Wall-Mounted Spice Rack Ideas
If space is your primary concern, a wall-mounted variety is a great option. It frees up valuable counter space, keeps your spices easily accessible and generally enhances the look of your kitchen.
Keep your cabinets clear of clutter for years to come with a stainless steel wall-mounted spice rack. With three spacious shelves, it can accommodate a variety of bottle sizes, so you can store all of your spices in one convenient place.
The wire-mounted design is very common. You can find all sizes. It’s easy to hang or mount as well. All you need is some bare kitchen wall space.
Floating Shelf Spice Rack
Featuring a sturdy construction of solid pine, this Wall Mounted Spice Rack can be set into your kitchen wall for a seamless, built-in look. Each shelf features wooden dowels to contain your spices, and it includes a birch back panel to finish off its natural look.
Like the wire wall-mounted racks, the floating wood racks are simple and do the job. You can get plenty of shelving space or just a little – whatever your needs. Again, you just need some bare kitchen wall space.
Spice Rack Ideas for Small Spaces
Cabinet spice organizer
Our first spice rack is for small spaces because it’s an adjustable rack that will help any small or large kitchen because it gets all your spices nicely organized inside a cupboard or cabinet.
Our first cabinet spice organizer is a simple shelf system you can buy that you insert into cabinet spaces. It creates multiple levels around the perimeter of the interior on which you can line up all your spice bottles. It’s a fantastic way to organize and declutter your kitchen. Check it out.
Here’s the box that it comes in. As you can see, the shelf unit is adjustable so it fits different width cabinets and cupboards.
Here’s what it looks like without anything on it. Super simple, but very, very effective.
Inside Cabinet Door
This solution is also good for small spaces or small kitchens. Most cabinet door interiors is wasted space. This enables you to make use of that surface area – and as we all know, surface area of any type is super valuable in a kitchen.
Side of the refrigerator space saving spice rack
The side-of-the-fridge design only works if your have an exposed fridge. Most are built-into a cabinet system but not all. If not, this is a solid option.
A spice rack perfect for the side of your fridge. It is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a space-saver rack.
Large Spice Rack Ideas
Large wooden countertop spice rack
A large wooden spice rack in cherry finish perfect for the kitchen’s countertops.
Large wall-mounted spice rack
A 4-tier black chicken wire spice rack ideal for your pantry or cabinetry. It can be also wall mounted.
Floor-to-ceiling spice shelf
Cabinet Spice Rack Ideas
Attaching to the inside of a cabinet door, this rack is another great space saver. It may not be the most glamorous style, but it is out of sight, and it does the job right. Depending on the exact model, it may attach via screws or heavy-duty tape, and it may be constructed from plastic or stainless steel.
Interior Cabinet Door Mounted Rack
Crafted of high-quality materials, a cabinet-door spice organizer includes 20 sturdy clips that attach to your cabinet door. For added versatility, they can be used with different-sized containers, and the strip of clips can be broken into segments to fit any door.
Pull-down cabinet spice rack
Mounted inside of a cabinet, a pull-down spice rack arranges spices efficiently, providing quick and easy access whenever you need it.
Spice Rack Ideas for Drawers
This style sits inside of a drawer and is great if you do not want to add anything else to your walls or counters. Many designs feature tiered layers and are expandable to fit any-sized drawer.
Custom spice storage drawer
Make efficient use of your drawer space with this wooden spice-drawer insert that features a tiered construction for easy access. Crafted of maple hardwood, it features a natural finish to complement any drawer style.
Spice Cube Storage for Drawer
A 16-cube spice rack. A perfect for the kitchen counter’s drawer.
Countertop Spice Rack Ideas
Sitting on your counter, this type of rack is always visible, so most varieties feature sleek designs for visual appeal. They may be made of any material such as wood or stainless steel, and they are available in a range of sizes.
Tiered countertop spice shelf
The above is an attractive 3-tier spice shelf for the countertop that stores up to 18 different spice jars. You can learn more here.
Wire freestanding spice shelf
Crafted of stainless steel, the countertop spice rack features an elegant, tiered design that adds to your existing kitchen decor. Making efficient use of your vertical space, it can hold numerous spice bottles in various sizes.
Revolving Spice Tower
A Revolving Spice Rack features a stainless steel construction with secure, slide-in slots. Conveniently designed, it includes 20 glass bottles that are fitted with no-waste sifter caps and labeled for easy identification.
16-Cube Stand-Alone Spice Rack
A 16 Cube Bamboo Rack features a beautiful bamboo finish to match a variety of kitchen decors. Including 16 premium spices in elegant glass jars, it comes with a complimentary refill program.
Auto-Measure Spice Carousel
The auto-measure carousel features 12 canisters on a convenient rotating base that can be placed on a counter or mounted under a cabinet. Generously sized, each container holds 4.5 ounces and automatically dispenses its contents in 1/4-teaspoon increments for precise measuring.
Magnetic Spice Racks
This magnetic spice rack is made to hang above your kitchen counters or on your fridge.
Made of stainless steel, a 12-tin magnetic spice rack is a sleek, innovative way to store your spices. It features an easel-back design that can sit on a counter or mount on a wall.
Over under magnetic rack
The over under magnetic spice rack is a stylish addition to your kitchen counters.
A table top spice rack is not only stylish, but helps you to cook easily.
Hanging Spice Rack Ideas
By “hanging” some people are referring to a wall-mounted spice rack. If so, see our wall-mounted section above.
In our hanging section, we feature spice racks that actually hang in some fashion. Here are a few ideas.
Hook-suspended spice jars
I love this 12 hook-style spice rack for under upper cabinets. You can order this at Etsy here.
Over-the-door hanging spice organizer
This over-the-door hanging spice rack helps you organize your spices and other household essentials.
Rustic Spice Rack Ideas
Wood spice cage
A rustic spice rack is a very stylish addition to your kitchen. Be sure to place it on an ideal place.
Simple rustic wall-mounted rack
Spice Rack Organizer Ideas
An example of a contemporary spice rack made of stainless steel. It is very stylish and easy to use.
Wood Spice Rack Ideas
A special organic wood spice rack made of McCormick Gourmet. It can store up to 24 herbs and spices.
Metal Spice Rack Ideas
A 4-tier spice rack organizer that can be added to a rustic or country style kitchen.
Hidden Spice Rack Ideas
Concealed cabinet pull-out spice rack
A concealed pull-out spice rack, perfect to install in your kitchen counters or cabinetry. A space-saver that has a cool design.
An example of a multi-spice shaker that can store up to 6 spices. Very popular to use for grilling or outdoor cooking activities.
Portable Spice Rack Ideas
6-spice travel bag
Stainless steel 6-spice travel bag. Great for outdoor cooking or grilling on camping.
4-spice shaker on a keychain
This 4-spice shaker on a keychain is a perfect creation for on-the-go cooking or camping lovers.
DIY Spice Rack Ideas
This cool DIY spice rack was designed and built by Noahw. I think it’s clever by using test tubes, although you probably have to refill them more often than larger spice containers or jars.
Magnetic Suspended Spice Rack
The above is by Edsobo. It’s a great “out-of-the-way” spice rack design where spice container lids magnetically attach to the underside of upper cabinets.
DIY Pallet Spice Rack
Corner spice racks
Plastic tiered corner rack
A stylish corner rack made of plastic and is 4-tiered. Great for adding style to your kitchen counter.