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Bakers Racks Buying Guide
Choosing a Bakers Rack
Bakers Racks in General
Because bakers racks come in a wide range of styles and sizes, decide first where it will go and then take measurements; you don’t want to end up with a unit that’s too big or too small. What are you using it for? If you are purchasing a bakers rack for display purposes, you might want one that includes a number of adjustable shelves. Or if you want to use one solely for baking, select a bakers rack with large drawers and/or cabinets to provide storage space for bowls, cookie sheets and utensils.
Take into account any special features that you want your bakers rack to have, such as wine bottle storage, a stemware rack, a cabinet with doors or one specifically designed to hold a microwave and other small appliances.
If you are purchasing a metal bakers rack for your patio or balcony, make sure that it is designed specifically for outdoor use.
Different Kinds of Bakers Racks
Standard bakers racks are intended to rest against a wall. Available in a wide variety of sizes and designs, they can be used as a focal point of the room or to convert a small unused space into a handy work area. Because many types of bakers racks include open storage shelves, they can be a handy place to store a small appliance such as a blender or toaster. They can incorporate features like compartments for wine bottles, stemware racks and enclosed cabinets with glass doors. They might also include drawers, storage baskets or a removable serving tray.
If space is limited or if the room you are purchasing a bakers rack for is an awkward shape, consider selecting one intended to fit into a corner. Corner bakers racks are designed to be both functional and decorative. Although they tend to be smaller, more compact and hold less than a standard bakers rack, corner bakers racks are ideal for displaying china, mementos, pictures, cookbooks or kitchen accessories. A perfect place to store bath products, towels and decorative soaps, they make a charming statement in a bathroom or guest bedroom.
Combining shelves and drawers with the features of standard bakers racks, a storage bakers rack is the ideal way to display and store collectibles or decorative items in a family room or a kitchen. In addition to common storage options such as drawers and cabinets, they can include cup rack holders, decorative plate rails, utility hooks, wine bottle storage and stemware racks. They are available in a variety of materials like wrought iron, copper, glass, wood, and wood and metal. Since they also come in many styles, from traditional to contemporary to modern, it shouldn’t be too difficult to match one with your existing décor.
A wine bakers rack allows you to store and display small appliances, utensils, collectibles and wine bottles in one convenient place. Wine bakers racks that include counter tops are ideal for providing extra counter space for food preparation, displaying china and ornaments or serving as a sideboard or buffet. They are usually designed to hold a limited number of bottles, anywhere from five to twelve. Ranging from simple and tasteful to artful and elaborate hand-painted detailing, a wine bakers rack gives you a built-in space to store your best vintages while adding versatility and style to your kitchen or dining area.
Etageres resemble a bakers rack in that they are a set of open shelves intended for decorative display or storage. However, they are considered to be lighter pieces of furniture than bakers racks. Originally, etageres were crafted almost exclusively as decorative furnishings for the corner of a room. Today they are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and styles. They combine the features of a bakers rack with display shelving for showcasing ornaments, providing additional storage or holding a collection of books. Etageres not specifically designed to be placed in a corner, can provide alternative shelving options that are whimsical and appealing. Since their primary function is for decoration, they can be welcome additions to virtually any room in your home.