Rails for the kitchen: ergonomic details
The main problem faced by the hostess in arranging the kitchen in the apartment is a small area. On an area of 8 or even 5 square meters it is very difficult to place a stove, sink, refrigerator and a spacious kitchen with a large dining table at which the whole family will gather. In addition, it is simply inconvenient to store all the various kitchen utensils in cabinets and drawers - water can accumulate there, long handles can interfere, and the constant “playing Tetris” with drafting pots in pans takes a lot of time.
To the aid of the modern owner came such devices as rails. They allow not only to maintain a constant order in the kitchen, but also are an excellent addition to the interior, combining functionality and stylish appearance.
What it is
The word "railing" came to us from English, and in translation it means "rail", "railing" or "hanger".This design consists of one or several crossbeams with hooks, holders and stands that are attached to the kitchen apron, wall cabinets, sometimes even to the ceiling. Such a simple fixture allows to save a lot of space, at the same time it is convenient and affordable to place all the kitchen utensils.
It should be noted that in everyday life rail structures began to be used relatively recently. Initially, they were installed in kitchens in catering places, which greatly simplified the work of the staff.
Features and benefits
During its existence, the rails have firmly taken their place in the kitchen of every hostess. Whether convenient holders for paper towels or hinged shelves for cans and spices, hooks for portion spoons or tacks are needed - a huge number of modules are provided in the rail construction.
Their main advantages and advantages include:
- Compactness. Due to the ease of construction and small size, they can easily be placed around the perimeter of the kitchen, even on the walls of cabinets, thus occupying useless space.
- Ability to place everything in walking distance. All kitchen appliances are always on the eyes, and for the right ladle or colander you just have to lend a hand.
- Security. Due to the convenient location significantly reduces the likelihood of accidental burns, cuts and falls, often occurring due to the cramped kitchen.
- Easy operation. It is easy to maintain the cleanliness of the roof rails - it is enough to wipe them with a damp cloth as they are polluted, and once or twice a year to remove and wash them completely. The design is being assembled so that hard-to-reach places do not form anywhere where water will stagnate, dust or crumbs will accumulate.
- Mobility. All details of the railings can be easily moved and interchanged depending on the need. Due to the standard sizes they are easy to complete at their discretion.
There are three main types of rails:
- Horizontal. This is the main type of data structures represented by one or several horizontal pipes, on which hooks, holders, pendants and everything else are hung. Not rarely horizontal rails come complete with kitchen sets, mounted under the wall cabinets.
- Vertical. Such a system is installed between the table top and the ceiling or, if space permits, a wall cabinet. Stands and shelves for spices and other trifles are attached to the vertical tube. It is convenient to have in the corner or on the bar.
- Suspended. Such rails usually have the shape of a lattice, on which the hooks move. They are well positioned above the table top or above the bar and it is convenient to use for storing large kitchen utensils - frying pans, pots, buckets and other things.
Handles-rails - a very convenient device, if the kitchen area is so small that it is impossible to use conventional mounting methods. They are installed on the doors of cabinets, wall cabinets or under countertops.
Suction rails are good because they are easy to install and move to another place. But remember that they are not designed for heavy weight. It is best to use them for hooks for towels and tacks or light plastic utensils.
Illuminated rails suggest mounting near the main crossbar or between its parts of the LED lamp. This design is very convenient, since due to the wall cabinets on the working kitchen surface there is often not enough light.
Flat railing differs from the usual horizontal one in that the pipe in cross section has a rectangular shape. This design looks good in high-tech kitchens. As a rule, it is completed with massive hooks bent at a right angle.
Corner railing is formed from two horizontal pipes using an additional corner 90. Thus, it is convenient to install corner grid shelves for storing trifles or dishwashing detergents.
For the manufacture of rail structures using various materials: steel, aluminum, wood, plastic. The most popular systems of stainless steel, as they are the most durable, durable, stylish look and easy to care for them.
Stainless steel rails are applied various depositions: nickel, copper, matt chrome, brass and others. Depending on the interior of the kitchen, you can install different color designs. In the Provencal style kitchen will look beautiful white rails, and in the Victorian interior - gold.
How to choose
Choosing a system of rails for the kitchen, you should proceed, first of all, from the size of the room and stylistic features.
In a small kitchen, a large number of mounted structures and kitchen utensils hanging on them will only create a sense of confusion and will bring additional inconvenience. Therefore, for small rooms, it is better to choose short rails and place the most necessary things on them - shovels, knives, towels, spices.
The spacious kitchen will look good long railing along the entire wall or above the work surface. If you have a corner sink, it makes sense to choose a corner structure and install shelves on it for convenient storage of detergents, sponges or cutlery.
For an island-style kitchen, an overhead railing is an excellent solution - it solves the problem of the lack of spacious cupboards for dishes, and fits perfectly into the interior style.
Where to place
The main thing to consider when positioning the railing is that the hostess is comfortable. Most often, the structure is fixed at chest level, under hanging cabinets, above the stove or above the sink. With other location options - on the doors, doors or above the dining group - you must make sure that hanging objects will not cause additional inconvenience - to fall, to cling to clothes, to interfere with walking.
How to assemble and hang
Assembling and fastening the railing is not a difficult task at all, and is capable of, if not the owner herself, then the able husband.
Standard railing system consists of:
- tubes with a diameter of 16 mm;
- fasteners (bracket holders);
- set of hooks.
Installation of the structure is carried out as follows:
- Brackets-holders are attached to the wall on the screws. Do not embed them "tightly" to be able to reinstall.
- The tube-bar is inserted into the holders and fixed with screws.
- Plugs are put on the ends of the tube.
- Hooks and other accessories are hung on the crossbar.
In some cases, hooks and accessories must be hung on the crossbar before it is attached. It depends on the specific manufacturer and, as a rule, is indicated in the assembly instructions.
How to fill
In order for the railing design to be comfortable and functional, one should carefully consider the issue of its filling.
On the hooks above the work surface, it is best to hang out the tools that the hostess uses every day - shovels, skimmers, ladles, beaters, portion spoons and chopping boards. In the same place it is worth hanging up the holder for paper towels.Such holders usually come in a set of 2-3 pieces, they are convenient to cling one under the other.
If space permits, on a horizontal railing, you can place a hanging bread box, a plate dryer, a cutlery shelf. It is convenient to hang the holder-holder for glasses on the highly fixed crossbar. Especially advantageous it looks above the bar. It is convenient to alternate shelves and hooks - this allows you to save space. In addition, the horizontal crossbar is convenient to use as a holder for large covers.
Next to the stove, it is good to place tacks and install shelves where you can place spice jars. It is not necessary to store detergents next to the stove - it is unsafe, and the dishes, as there will be scattering drops of fat on it.
If the railing is on a free wall, it is good to place decorative elements on it - small, neat flower pots, clocks, baskets for fruit, bread or towels.
On a vertical railing fixed on a bar counter or tabletop, accessories for bottles and round, rotating shelves, where you can put fruits, arrange tea, coffee or place tea pairs and sets, will look spectacular.
Often, rails are sold already completed with fittings, which greatly facilitates the task of creating a certain interior. But ultimately, the mistress herself decides how to use this or that detail, and where it is better to locate kitchen utensils. The variety of types, shapes and sizes of accessories will allow to assemble the railing system for any taste and any room.
Brand model review
Many well-known trademarks involved in the production of kitchen utensils and accessories, also offer their customers railing systems and accessories to them. The ranking is headed by German and Italian manufacturers.
Company rails Kessebohmer - This is a German guarantee of quality, reliability and stylish design. You can purchase a standard set (tube 600 mm or 1000 mm, holders and cap) with chrome or nickel plating from 2500 rub. Also, this manufacturer may create custom-made rail structures.
Company Lemi (Italy) offers a large selection of railing designs in various style solutions - from brutal flat stainless steel railing (BARRA line) to thin and elegant with gold, bronze or chrome plating (CLASSIC line). The price of a standard set with a crossbar of 600 mm from 2750 rubles.
Tescoma (Czech Republic) - one of the most famous brands of tableware, has long proven itself in the Russian market. The quality of the rails of this company is indicated by the fact that the manufacturer gives a 5 year warranty on all curtain rods and accessories. The price range for a standard set is from 1400 to 2500 rubles.
One of the most budget and affordable options are the railing systems from the company. IKEA (Netherlands), with excellent value for money. The price for 59cm railing starts at 299 rubles, which largely explains their popularity.
Company Lemax (China) also produces rails at affordable prices - from 260 rubles. And provides a wide selection of accessories to them. However, many buyers, with all the advantages, note the fragility of these structures.
Russian-made railing systems are also not very popular on the market, significantly inferior in quality and design to European counterparts.
Interesting solutions in interior design
Railing is not only a convenient and functional system, but also a stylish element of the interior, which, with due imagination, significantly contributes to creating an atmosphere of coziness and comfort in your kitchen.After all, you can place anything on these structures.
For example, on a well-lit wall on hanging shelves, you can put small pots with real or artificial flowers. Violets, cyclomenes, room gerberas, jasmine or flowering kalanchoe are perfect for this. Also in these pots you can grow greens yourself - lettuce, onion or dill. Just do not place live plants too close to the cooking surfaces and hoods.
Photos in frames, hanging on hooks, or children's drawings will look very cute and original. Bright pot holders with appliqués over the stove or beautiful napkins laid out on the shelves will also bring harmony to the room.
Your guests will never disregard the magnetic rails for knives. Despite the brutal appearance, they are safe and very convenient to use.
And the bundles of hot pepper, garlic or dried greens hung on the brackets will add folklore to the interior. The impression will be supplemented with decorative wooden spoons or cutting boards with folk painting.
Beautifully placed on the railing "traveler's shelf" with souvenirs from different countries - seashells, stones, small bottles and figurines.
In addition to equipping fittings, do not forget that the rails themselves can be a place for creativity. They can be coated with various, non-standard spraying - under old, oxidized copper, or under blackened silver. Bright red or dark blue slats immediately become an accent in the interior, giving it freshness and dynamism.
An original solution and a way out for very small kitchens can be hidden roof rails mounted in furniture - under the countertops, on the inside of the doors of the cabinets. So they retain their functionality and do not occupy valuable free space.