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shelf/nook behind range - love it? or not?

Posted by chloe_s_mom (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 12, 09 at 9:40

Just wondering whether people like their shelves or nooks behind their ranges. Any concerns with reaching across the stove? Or cleaning off bottles/items stored there (grease and splatter)? Thanks!


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I have a backsplash with fold-down wire shelves made by a local metal shop to copy the Ventahood type, but with stainless all the way down. I like that I can fold them out of the way when not in use.

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I keep some glass bottles, S & P shakers, & utensils next to my cooktop. And the bottles & shakers do get greasy & sticky. Not real easy to clean either.

Here is a link that might be useful: granite countertops


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I currently have an oven cabinet right next to (RIGHT next to) my cooktop and have a rail thingy hung up there with stuff on it. The stuff hangs over my cooktop's control panel, not over burners. It's not quite BEHIND the cooktop but close enough to say it gets a little gunky but it's tolerable. I also keep things on the rear corner of the cooktop and it's not too bad. We stirfry a few times a week but always use the hood. I do think that makes a difference.

There's usually a "show me your niche" thread going on here. Very inspiring.


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We have a shelf attached to the high riser. I do like it when I am cooking meals that have a lot of add in etc. I do take the shelf off and clean it once every 6 months or so and if you do leave things up there while you cook on the back burners they will get greasy. If I had to do it again I would still go with the shelf.

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I have a shelf behind my cooktop and love it! My hood has warming lights towards the back and this shelf gives me a really handy place to put things I want to keep warm. It's a great place to rise dough also. My teapot sits up there a lot when not in use. This shelf is from IKEA.

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ccoombs1- can you tell me the name of your Ikea shelf? Or at least the depth so I can find it? It looks great. I was going to tile in a nook, but I may do this instead. Love the idea of bread dough rising there!


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ccoombs1- can you ALSO tell me the height you mounted it from the cooktop? How did you arrive at that measurement?
Sorry to be a pain, but I really like it!
Thanks,
Stacey


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Thanks everyone!

oooh - I like the idea of the tea pot being there....ccombs, is it the kitchen shelf with bars across it (not a solid shelf)?

Also, I'm starting to wonder if my cabinet is a bit low - I have a very narrow hood fan (4.5 inch height), but nothing like the clearance that I'm seeing in some of those photos...

Grendal_fly: do you have stainless under the shelf? I can't quite tell from the photo

idrive: so you use your shelf when cooking? for things to add in?

I was originally thinking of a shelf for oils and spices (items that would stay there permanently), but I'm now thinking that the spice jars would definitely get icky


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Staceyneil, it is the Grundtal shelf that IKEA sells for $14.99. It's 31 1/2" long and 10 1/2" deep. I didn't want the mounting brackets to show so I cut some large square holes in the drywall put some wood blocking inside the wall for the shelf to mount. Then I carved out the face of the drywall so the front side of the bracket is flush with the face of the drywall. Then I just tiled right over the brackets.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Grundtal


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The shelf is appx 19" above the burners. It gets a little warm while I am cooking, but not hot enough to burn you if you touch it. And it's very easy to wipe clean. As far as how I determined where to put it....that was easy. I wanted 3 rows of 4" tile above it so there would be room for my diamond mosaic pattern, so it's 12" down from the hood. My tile pattern changes from diagonal to straight directly behind the shelf. That was a little challanging to do!! lol!

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Wow, creative! I have those shelves in my nook, and hang pots from them. Wondered what you had done re the brackets.


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I love mine, which was fabricated from a granite scrap. So far no cleaning issues. Pic:
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FWIW, I tried the Pottery Barn metal shelf (probably equivalent to ccoombs', but for $60 instead of $15), and I don't recommend it due to installation difficulties.

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No wonder that looks so good, Ccoombs--you thought that through!


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idrive: so you use your shelf when cooking? for things to add in?

I use the 3" solid undershelf for decorative bottles, and pull down the wire shelf (usually only one side) when I use the heat lamps for finished pans or plates.


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i don't have one, but i think one of the favorites i have seen on this site is sally123......i don't know if i would functionally use it, but it sure is a cute spot to decorate with grinders, olive oil and vinegar cruets.


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I love my nook
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dawn - gorgeous!

blue - how is yours attached to the wall?

I'll look up sally's - thanks for the info!


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