Product Review: Whitmor Baker’s Rack with Cutting Board

About me:  I’m Jen, I work on the marketing team at SpaceSavers.com and I live in a three bedroom, 1200 square foot, two story house built in the twenties with a tiny kitchen.  It’s not exactly a galley kitchen, but very close – it ends in a breakfast nook that’s really too small to hold a table that’s been a decorating and organizing puzzle since I bought the house. I’m also an avid cook and baker and never have enough counter space so I’d like to create more.

Supreme Bakers Rack from WhitmorThis week I bought Whitmor’s Baker’s Rack with Cutting Board in my ongoing attempt to turn this space into something useful.  I’ve had a book case and a narrow table in there since November of last year when I decorated for the holidays – and while they fit, they took up a lot of visual real estate making the kitchen feel even tinier than it is.  The table also turned into a collection space for junk, as tables often do, which was driving me nuts.

After measuring to be sure it would fit, I purchased the chrome baker’s rack. Tonight I hauled it into the house and got ready to put it together.  I expected a little bit of construction anxiety but it went together like a dream. Honestly, the thing that took the most time was deciding the height at which I wanted to put each shelf.  I had to grab things I thought might end up stored there until I was satisfied and then I was able to fit the shelves to the storage need.  Very nice.

Here’s what I learned along the way:

- No tools are required for assembly.  Really.  You will want a pair of scissors to cut the one zip tie that’s holding the legs together in the packaging and you might prefer to cut open the plastic bags that hold the hardware rather than rip them open like I did.

- You’ll need a little space to work so you can lay out your components in order.  I assembled my baker’s rack in the middle of the living room then carried it into the kitchen – its light enough to carry and narrow enough to get through doorways easily, but very sturdy.

- The plastic sleeves that act as stoppers for the shelves are marked with “top” and an arrow.  This does matter even though you can put them together upside down just fine.  They have a slight graduation in width which is what holds the shelf in place.  And the holes in the shelves seem to be graduated as well for a secure fit.  Putting them on upside down doesn’t work.

- Even though your wooden cutting board comes nested inside the shelf it rests on you can’t put that shelf on upside down because of the graduated construction noted above.  All the lower shelves are built with the decorative lip facing down.  Only the topmost half shelf has the lip facing up to keep items from tumbling off.

- You need to leave at least an inch of pole sticking up above the shelf that holds the wooden cutting board to help hold the cutting board in place – there’s a double groove on the poles to indicate that.  This is necessary even if you’re really tall and want to make the cutting surface as high as possible.

- You will probably have a few black sleeve pieces left over when you’re done.  You didn’t miss a spot, they just gave you extra.

- Don’t forget that the rack has leveling feet on the bottom if your floor isn’t perfectly even.

As anticipated, the baker’s rack gives the room a much more airy feel than the table it replaced.  I’m pleased.  While I stood admiring my baker’s rack, and trying to figure out how I was going to squeeze into the space and get a decent photo of it for this review, I started to think about how I could turn the other side of the nook into a pantry using other items from Whitmor’s Supreme Stacking Shelf line.  I want to take up canning this summer and need a spot to store the bounty from my garden.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

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