Elfa storage systems are apparently Swedish made, but seem popular worldwide. The Americans, particularly, have almost a cult around “closet” organising! In New Zealand Elfa is sold in Mitre10.
It’s basically a clever storage solution based on the idea that if you install a horizontal track – you can hang verticals off that, and shelves, rods and other good storage stuff, off that. They subsequently branched out into kitchen and laundry systems – one of which involves a single vertical track, which allows you to click small baskets.
Me, I just wanted more storage, everywhere! But the 1980’s kitchen cupboards wasn’t providing much!
My “new” kitchen is physically larger than my earlier modern kitchen in the townhouse, and boy does is prove just how inefficient 1980’s kitchen cupboards are!
In the end we used a cheaper alternative to Elfa in our main wardrobes, but the single track system works really well in a kitchen.
In my previous kitchen the owner and screwed plastic baskets to the back of the pantry cupboard door – and I found it very useful. Not just for the packets which always hide in the back of a pantry, but particularly for spices and oils you want to reach for while cooking.
I figured the Elfa system was worth paying extra for – once you screw on the vertical support bar – you can add baskets anywhere you need them. I ended up with four (at about $25/each) plus the price of the vertical bar which was about $12.
Elfa has 3 sizes of baskets – we used a single large basket at the bottom – which will take a 1 litre bottle of olive oil, and then the medium baskets for the other spices.
If at some time I decide to buy larger or smaller containers of whatever, I can adjust the shelves to suit!
We’ll re-use the system when we re-do the kitchen. There are plenty of very expensive options for access to oils, sauces and spices. The trendy kitchens have them in roll out, under-bench cupboards, or special “spice draws). Me, I think I’ll just design a kitchen with a solid pantry door (not a bifold) – and re-install my Elfa kitchen storage system! It’s a far more flexible and space-effective solution than the “professional” kitchen designs I’ve seen. You just need a cupboard which has enough clearance for shelves on the door when that door is closed.
As a bonus I found a couple of S-shaped hooks (at Porirua’s own wonder Pete’s Emporium for a bout $2) and used those to hang my shopping bag holder and plastic recycling bag.