Everybody Needs a Baker's Rack
A baker's rack can come in quite handy in an extra space.
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I guess everyone doesn't need a baker's rack, but if you have a kitchen with a little extra wall space, or a porch, entry or dining room (heck, even a bedroom) a baker's rack can be quite handy.
Why, you ask? Think about it: A baker's rack is used to store items and, unlike many storage pieces, it doesn't weigh much.
Let's start in the kitchen, which is the more obvious placement. The baker's rack is a great place for functional items as well as accessories. Large but attractive soup pots or roasting pans can look nice on the bottom shelves, along with baskets of placemats and rolled napkins for color.
Some racks come with built-in wine racks so you can add the sculptural beauty of rich wine bottles to your display. This is also a good spot for cookbooks. I like to have mine out on display; at least in this location they would be used for something! Of course, a few porcelain plates, a bouquet of flowers or even an apron hanging over the side adds some interest and fun to a kitchen.
Now that you can see the possibilities in a kitchen (storage for functional items as well as a great background for accessories) lets "rack" our brains for ideas for other rooms in the home.
We were able to find an inexpensive one at a garden center that worked well with our theme. We then purchased several rectangular wicker baskets and used them for storing socks, T-shirts and pretty printed scarves.
How about a baker's rack in a bathroom? If you have an older home with little storage, a baker's rack would look fabulous filled up with a variety of colored bath towels, glass jars full of cotton balls and pretty soaps. Those baskets we spoke of earlier for the bedroom also would work here for bottles of shampoo, medicines and tonics.
This same idea could work well in a sun porch or small den. Place a small TV on the large shelf in the middle of the baker's rack, add some throws, books and accessories, and you've created an entertainment center scaled back for a small space.
If you're worried about the electrical cords from all of the TV and stereo equipment, there are all kinds of cord corralling devices that can take care of the problem. Many of them are tubes that hide the wires; you could run the tube along one of the legs of the baker's rack and make it nearly invisible.
I have an older baker's rack which I put out on the patio, where it has become the focal point of my outdoor decor. It's covered in lovely blooming flowers and intriguing looking pottery. It's the most interesting addition I've ever made to my outdoor spaces, and it came from a very unlikely spot: the kitchen.