The main problem that housewives face when arranging a kitchen in an apartment is a small area. On an area of 8 or even 5 square meters, it is very difficult to place a stove, a sink, a refrigerator and a spacious kitchen set with a large dining table at which the whole family will gather. In addition, all various kitchen utensils are simply inconvenient to store in cabinets and drawers – water can accumulate there, long handles can interfere, and the constant “game of Tetris” with making pots into pans takes a lot of time.
To the aid of the modern mistress came such devices as roof rails. They allow not only to maintain constant order in the kitchen, but also are an excellent addition to the interior, combining functionality and stylish appearance..
What it is
The very word “rail” came to us from the English language, and in translation means “rail”, “railings” or “hanger”. This design consists of one or more crossbars with hooks, holders and stands that are attached to a backsplash, wall cabinets, sometimes even to the ceiling. Such an unpretentious device allows you to significantly save space, while conveniently and easily placing all the kitchen utensils.
It should be noted that in everyday life, roof rails began to be used relatively recently. Initially, they were installed in kitchens in public catering places, which greatly simplified the work of staff..
Features and Benefits
During its existence, roof rails have firmly taken their place in the kitchen of every housewife. Whether you need convenient holders for paper towels or hanging shelves for jars and spices, hooks for serving spoons or potholders – the railing design provides a huge number of modules.
Their main advantages and benefits include:
- Compactness. Due to their lightness of design and small size, they can be easily positioned around the entire perimeter of the kitchen, even on the walls of the cabinets, thus taking up useless space..
- The ability to place everything within walking distance. All kitchen appliances are always in front of our eyes, and for the right ladle or colander you just have to reach out.
- Security. Due to the convenient location, the likelihood of accidental burns, cuts and falls, often occurring due to cramped kitchens, is significantly reduced.
- Ease of operation. It is easy to keep the roof rails clean – it is enough to wipe them with a damp cloth as they become dirty, and remove and wash them completely once or twice a year. The structure is assembled so that there are no hard-to-reach places where water stagnates, dust or crumbs accumulate.
- Mobility. All parts of the roof rails can be easily moved and interchanged depending on the need. Due to the standard sizes, they can be easily assembled at your discretion.
There are three main types of roof rails:
- Horizontal. This is the main type of these structures, represented by one or more horizontal pipes, on which hooks, holders, hangers and everything else are hung. It is not uncommon for horizontal rails to 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 little things are attached to the vertical tube. It is convenient to place it in a corner or on a bar.
- Suspended. Such rails are usually in the form of a lattice on which the hooks move. It is good to place them above the countertop or above the bar and are convenient to use for storing large kitchen utensils – pans, pots, buckets and more..
Railing handles are a very convenient device if the kitchen area is so small that it is impossible to use conventional fastening methods. They are installed on the doors of nightstands, wall cabinets or under countertops..
The good thing about suction rails is that they are easy to install and rearrange to another place. But it should be remembered that they are not designed for heavy weight. They are best used for towel hooks and potholders or light plastic utensils..
Backlit roof rails are designed to be mounted near the main crossbar or between its sections of the LED lamp. This design is very convenient, since there is often not enough light on the working kitchen surface due to hanging cabinets..
A flat railing differs from the usual horizontal one in that the pipe has a rectangular cross-section. This design looks good in high-tech kitchens. As a rule, it is completed with massive right-angled hooks..
The corner rail is formed from two horizontal pipes using an additional corner 90. Thus, it is convenient to install corner mesh shelves for storing small items or dishwashing detergents.
Various materials are used for the manufacture of roof rails: steel, aluminum, wood, plastic. The most popular are stainless steel systems, as they are the most durable, durable, stylish look and easy to care for..
Various spraying is applied to stainless steel rails: nickel, copper, matte chrome, brass and others. Different colored designs can be installed depending on the interior of the kitchen. White roof rails will look beautiful in the Provence style kitchen, and gold in the Victorian interior.
How to choose
When choosing a railing system for the kitchen, one should proceed, first of all, from the size of the room and style features..
In a small kitchen, a large number of hinged structures and kitchen utensils hanging on them will only create a feeling of clutter and bring additional inconvenience. Therefore, for small rooms, it is better to choose short roof rails and place the most necessary things on them – spatulas, knives, towels, spices..
In a spacious kitchen, a long rail along the entire wall or above the work surface will look good. If you have a corner sink, then it makes sense to choose a corner structure and install shelves on it for convenient storage of detergents, sponges or cutlery..
For an island-type kitchen, a hanging rail is an excellent solution – it solves the problem of the lack of roomy cupboards for dishes, and fits perfectly into the style of the interior.
Where to locate
The main thing to consider when positioning the railing is to make the hostess comfortable. Most often, the structure is attached at chest level, under hanging cabinets, above a stove or above a sink. For other location options – on doors, doors or above the dining group – you need to make sure that hanging objects will not cause additional inconvenience – falling, clinging to clothes, interfering with walking.
How to assemble and hang
Assembling and fastening the railing is a very simple task, and if not the mistress herself, then the skillful husband can do it..
The standard rail system consists of:
- tubes with a diameter of 16 mm;
- mounts (brackets-holders);
- set of hooks.
Installation of the structure is carried out as follows:
- Brackets-holders are attached to the wall with self-tapping screws. It is not necessary to embed them “tightly” to be able to reinstall.
- The tube-crossbar 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 bar.
In some cases, hooks and fittings need to be hung on the bar prior to attaching it. This depends on the specific manufacturer and is usually indicated in the assembly instructions..
How to fill in correctly
In order for the railing structure to be convenient and functional, you should carefully consider the issue of filling it out..
It is best to hang the tools that the hostess uses every day on hooks above the work surface – shovels, slotted spoons, ladles, whisks, portion spoons and cutting boards. It is also worth hanging a paper towel holder there. Such holders usually come in a set of 2-3 pcs., It is convenient to hook them one under the other..
If space permits, on the horizontal railing you can place a hanging bread bin, a plate dryer, a mesh shelf for cutlery. It is convenient to hang the glass holder fittings on the high-mounted bar. It looks especially advantageous over the bar counter. It is convenient to alternate shelves and hooks – this allows you to significantly save space. In addition, the horizontal bar is convenient to use as a holder for large lids..
It is good to place oven mitts next to the stove and install shelves where spice jars can be placed. 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 fruits, bread or towels.
Fittings for bottles and round, rotating shelves where you can put fruits, arrange tea, coffee or place tea pairs and sets will look spectacular on a vertical railing fixed on a bar or countertop..
Often, roof rails are sold already equipped with fittings, which greatly facilitates the task of creating a certain interior. But in the end, how to use this or that detail, and where it is better to place the kitchen utensils, is decided by the hostess herself. The variety of types, shapes and sizes of accessories will allow you to assemble a railing system for every taste and any room.
Brand models overview
Many well-known brands that produce kitchen utensils and accessories also offer their customers roof rails and accessories. German and Italian manufacturers lead the rating.
Company rails Kessebohmer Is a German guarantee of quality, reliability and stylish design. You can purchase a standard set (tube 600 mm or 1000 mm, holders and plug) with chrome or nickel plating from 2500 rubles. Also from this manufacturer it is possible to create custom-made roof rails..
Company Lemi (Italy) offers a large selection of roof rails in various style solutions – from brutal flat stainless steel rails (BARRA line) to thin and graceful ones with gold, bronze or chrome plating (CLASSIC line). The price for a standard set with a crossbar 600 mm from 2750 rubles.
Tescoma (Czech Republic) is one of the most famous brands of tableware, which has long established itself on the Russian market. The quality of the rails of this company is evidenced by the fact that the manufacturer gives a 5-year warranty for all curtain rods and accessories. The price range for a standard set is from 1400 to 2500 rubles.
One of the most budgetary and affordable options are roof rails from the company. IKEA (Netherlands), with excellent value for money. The price of 59cm railing starts at 299 rubles, which largely explains their popularity.
Company Lemax (China) also produces roof rails at affordable prices – from 260 rubles, and provides a wide selection of accessories for them. However, many buyers, with all the advantages, note the fragility of these structures..
Russian-made roof railing systems are also not very popular in the market, being 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 proper imagination, significantly contributes to the creation of an atmosphere of coziness and comfort in your kitchen. After all, you can place anything on these structures..
For example, small pots with real or artificial flowers can be placed on hanging shelves on a well-lit wall. Violets, cyclomenes, indoor gerberas, jasmine or blooming Kalanchoe are perfect for this. You can also grow greens in these pots yourself – lettuce, onions or dill. Just do not place live plants too close to hobs and hoods..
Framed photos hanging on hooks or children’s drawings will look very cute and original. Bright potholders with appliqués over the stove or beautiful napkins laid out on the shelves will also bring harmony to the room..
Magnetic knife rails will never be overlooked by your guests. Despite the brutal look, they are safe and very convenient to use..
And bunches of hot peppers, garlic or dried herbs hung on the mounts will add a folkloric flavor to the interior. The impression will be complemented by decorative wooden spoons or cutting boards with folk painting.
The “traveler’s shelf” placed on the railing with souvenirs from different countries – seashells, stones, small bottles and figurines will look beautiful.
In addition to equipping the fittings, do not forget that the rails themselves can be a place for creativity. They can be coated with various, non-standard coatings – under the old, oxidized copper, or under the blackened silver. Bright red or dark blue slats will immediately become an accent in the interior, giving it freshness and dynamism.
An original solution and a way out in very small kitchens can be hidden rails mounted in furniture – under the countertops, on the inside of the cabinet doors. This way they maintain their functionality and do not take up valuable free space..