By Gladiator Contributor Jen R.: baker, cook, dog lover
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My husband and I bought our first home a couple years ago — a cute, brick ranch in a charming Midwest town. It’s just the right size for us. (Reading between the lines: it’s small, but wonderful.)
I love to cook and bake…and I also love using the best equipment I can get my hands on. So after we got married and the nifty kitchen gifts started arriving, it was time to get a bit creative with kitchen space. Our limited counter space needs to stay clear for prep, so that meant finding a place for everything from a ceramic Dutch oven and canning pot to cutting boards and prep bowls.
Enter a Gladiator® EZ Connect Rack. We already had a nice mobile kitchen island (thanks, Dad!), but that simply wasn’t enough. After toiling over options from a corner hutch to built-in shelving, I had an aha moment that all we really needed was sturdy and attractive (it is smack in the middle of our home) freestanding rack shelving. To keep a nice clear area for walking around the kitchen island, we decided on the 48″ wide model with 18″ deep shelves.
Once it arrived, I hardly waited a moment to get it up and stocked with our kitchen gear. Luckily, the assembly was super easy — I got through it in fewer than 10 minutes! It built up much easier than your average freestanding shelf, thanks to shelves that snap into place (no tools!) and a cool feature where the top and bottom frames just click together.
Now, it’s full from top to bottom with jars for canning, serving platters, baking and cooking vessels (even a gorgeous earthenware tagine — a gift from my aunt and uncle), and essential kitchen appliances. Any time I’m cooking or baking, I can grab just what I need from the shelf at the time, use it and return it to its space to keep the counters free between testing new recipes or revisiting old favorites.
Plus, BONUS! We turned the bottom two shelves into happy-dog central. Now our sweet teenage Doberman, Jabba, can comfortably wolf down his food and water because we moved the dishes up off the floor and onto the rack.