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I have several Ikea Bygel Hanging Rails dotted around my house and think they're amazing. They're such a simple and inexpensive idea, yet so effective and easy to install and use. They come in two different sizes - 100cm long or 55cm long, and are priced at £2 and £1.50 each respectively. They're not available to buy online unfortunately, only in store. It's also important to note that in order to use the rail, you need to make additional purchases, though none of the accessories that they sell to attach to this are by any means expensive. Installing these rails couldn't be much easier. You can easily hold the rail up to the wall to mark out where your holes need to go, move it to drill your holes and put in some raw plugs, then use four screws to fix them into place. Job done. The first use I have for one of the 100cm long rails is along the wall near to my dining room table. Clipped onto the rail are six of the Bygel storage containers, which I paid 50p each for (now showing as 60p each on the Ikea website). I've put all of my child's arts and crafts bits into these tubs - his stickers in one, felt tips in another, pencils in another etc, so that he can just unclip what he wants and take it over to the table when he wants to do some drawing. It's easy to tidy away afterwards and the pots are a handy way for him to find the colours he wants while he's drawing too. The second use I have for these is in my bathroom. I have one of the short 55cm rails attached beside my sink, just above my bath. I have two bygel pots in a colour to match my bathroom colour scheme clipped onto this, and then I have also clipped on a cheap plastic storage basket with drainage holes in it that I got from one of the bargain stores. I put all my various toiletries into these containers and then have room at the end of the rail, beside my sink, to hang a hand towel for hand drying purposes. Lastly I have one of these mounted above my kitchen sink. You can get a dish drainer to attach if desired for £4, or a wire basket for £1.50, but I've got a series of the Bygel hooks for hanging utensils off instead (£1 for a packet of 10). The bygel rails themselves are only available in plain metal colour, and it would be nice if Ikea expanded the range a little to include colours so that these could be used in bedrooms too. The containers come in a lovely range of colours which seem to change every now and again in my experience. I own containers in black, translucent, blue, pink and lilac - but on my last visit to the store I noticed some different colours (green, purple) and on the website I see there are different colours again (red is a new one on me). These are one of my favourite storage solutions of all-time. They're cheap, easy to install and easy to use too. It's just a shame I don't live close enough to Ikea to visit more often!
When we moved into our new house, the previous owners had previously installed a brand new kitchen and I love it. A couple of days after we moved in, we were getting unpacked and we discovered in one of the kitchen cupboards that the previous owners have left a couple of things for the kitchen that they had bought but never got round to putting up, including this Ikea Bygel rail, which was a perfect match for the handles on the kitchen cupboard (which was not from Ikea). Our previous owners had left notes to say that they have bought this to install at the side of the kitchen island as a towel rail, which was perfect as I hate a towel rail hanging over the radiator. With a week or so of moving in, when my husband had the drill out one night, I got him to put this Bygel rail up in order that we could hang the drying towel and kitchen hand towel over. Until I had looked up the Ikea website, I had no idea that this product only cost £1.50, as we were left the 55cm rail, but you can also buy this rail in the 100cm length. I honestly thought the product looked a lot more expensive than this, albeit I knew it was from Ikea. The 55cm rail was the perfect length for where it was placed, and gives us enough room to drape two towels over. I'm sure this rail has other uses and I do believe from the website that you can purchase certain S shaped hooks that allow you to hang things on this rail, such as kitchen utensils. There were no screws alongside this product so you need to purchase these separately. Thankfully my husband has a vast collection of screws and was able to locate the right sized ones to attach this to the side of our kitchen island, and it looks brilliant. There is certainly no 'cheap' look to the product and as I said it matches the handles on the cupboard brilliantly, making it look as if it was part of the original installed kitchen. I am very glad that we were left this, as I had no idea that Ikea even stocked things like this or I wouldn't even have thought of looking to get a little towel rail for the kitchen there. I really do think the quality and look of the product make it look much more expensive than £1.50 and it seems perfectly sturdy and well made. A great rail for kitchen/bathroom!
Ikea are excellent for storage solutions, and a walk through the store always throws up some creative storage ideas. It was after a browse through the store looking for larger items that I ended up with four of these Bygel rails, having seen them creatively employed in various places throughout the store. These come in two sizes - one at 55 cm long for £1.50, and a 100cm for £2. I purchased 2 in each size, intending to use one of the longer ones as a necklace store in my bedroom, one as a hanging rack in the kitchen (in combination with the Bygel S hooks, and the two smaller ones on the inside of the cupboard door to house pot lids. Had I not seen all these uses in the store, I doubt I would have purchased any of these rails, as I'm not good at picturing things in use. These are simple to use - they don't come with any fixing devices included, as the fixings needed depend on where you are attaching them. They each come with two holes for screws at each end of the rail, and so long as you use the right fixings you should get a good secure attachment. The finish on these rails is a brushed steel kind of finish that wipes clean easily, and they are very solid, I can't imagine anything breaking one of these. I have found that the one I use in the kitchen in combination with the S hooks has sustained a few tiny scratches in the months I've been using it, but the others look as good as new. I've especially found using these as a pot lid holder handy, as I was forever having to hunt around for the right lid before, but this keeps them displayed nicely against the inside of the cupboard door, and I can see at a glance the item I need. I think the beauty of these is their flexibility - you could easily use one as a towel rail, for example, and my neighbour has one in her under sink cupboard that she has slotted various kitchen rolls and tin foils round. The only downside I have found with these is a really tiny one - the hooks make an irritating scratchy noise when slid along. That's it, my only tiny moan. Five stars - simple, flexible, inventive storage or solid construction that will last forever.
During a recent trip to Ikea, the Mrs had a brainwave about storage ideas for her craft room. We spotted this Bygel hanging rail in the kitchen department, priced at only £2.03, and realised it would be a great storage solution for her new craft room. The rail we purchased is 100cm long, and there is a shorted 55cm rail also available for £1.52. Other items in the range include hanging racks, hanging pots and hanging S hooks - all of which are cheaply priced and made to fit perfectly onto this rail. The idea being that you can customise this rail to serve whatever purpose you want it to serve, with the primary aim being for use as a kitchen rail of course. Once home, getting the rail mounted onto the wall was easy. There are just four screw holes, two at either side, and I screwed this into wall plugs to make sure it would remain secure once weight had been added to it. Getting the rail straight was a bit of an issue as there was no way to put my spirit leveller on top, so I had to very cleverly try to have that in one hand, the rail in the other - and a pen in my mouth! Perhaps a second pair of hands would have been useful here. Once mounted, it was easy to get the pots and hooks on which we had purchased seperately. In all we spent around £5 on this storage system so the items being sold seperately really is for convenience purposes, and not a bid to try to get you to fork out loads of cash. We just clipped the black and white pots and hooks we'd chosen onto the rail (other colours are available - but the rail only comes in chrome). The Mrs was then able to put her various pens, pencils and scissors into the pots and onto the hooks where she can reach them with ease while she works away on her various craft projects. We could have put up another shelf, but that would have gotten in the way of her workspace then - or been higher up the wall and required her to stand up and get things down every time she wanted to use them. This is a much more convenient and space saving way to do it. This rail and storage system can be used for loads of different things around your home, and I'd definitely recommend it. It's great for using as craft storage, and would also be good for kids crafts, bathroom items and of course - for use in the kitchen too! Five stars from me for being so cheap, easy to fit and incredibly useful.