How Do I Mount a Magnetic Knife Holder?


Buying a magnetic knife holder comes with a whole world of benefits. For example, your knives will always be within easy reach but they won’t be left anywhere that they could potentially cause an injury.

But have you ever tried to read instructions on DIY products? Especially those that are made in non-English speaking countries. It can sometimes feel like an impossible task. But don’t worry. If you’re standing there holding a magnetic knife strip with no clue of what to do next, we’ve got you covered. This is our simple guide on how to mount a magnetic knife holder.

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What’s the Best Place to Hang a Magnetic Knife Holder?

Most people have wall-mounted cupboards in their kitchen and placing a knife holder directly under these is a great idea. It gives you easy access to your knives and keeps them out of reach of little fingers. Any area on the wall at arm height is also suitable.

A lot of people hang the knife holder above the kitchen sink. This allows you easy access to the knives and makes it easier to put them back when you’ve cleaned them.

If you’re pushed for wall space in the kitchen, then it may also be possible to hang your knife holder inside one of your wall-mounted cupboards. This is an excellent option for people with children as it gives that additional layer of protection to stop them from accidentally getting their hands on a knife.

Guide On Hanging a Magnetic Knife Holder

Once you have chosen your space in the kitchen, it’s time to get to work and install your magnetic knife holder. Don’t worry, it’s a pretty simple process and the good news is that you don’t have to use a drill and screws if you don’t want to.

Marking Out the Area

To begin with, you will need to mark the area where you would like to mount your knife rack. To make sure that it is level, you’ll want to mark one end of where the strip will go and then use a level to line up the other end. Mark this off with a pencil.

Adhesive vs Screws

There are two ways that you can attach the knife holder to the wall; screws or adhesive. Some knife racks might not be suitable for drilling through, you may not have a drill or you might simply want to avoid putting holes in your kitchen wall. So, in this case, you’d use adhesive. Let’s start by looking at this.


Depending on the product you have purchased, you may find that it comes with adhesive strips. That’s great as you won’t need to buy them separately but if you do need to, they’re not expensive. Just make sure that whatever you choose is waterproof as the kitchen is a place where there may be high moisture levels.

Start by adding an adhesive strip to either end of your knife holder. For bigger magnetic strips, you might need to add one in the centre as well. Following the markings you made on the wall earlier, place the knife holder onto the wall.

You’ll need to hold it in place for at least 30 to 60 seconds to allow the adhesive to bond properly. Once you’re confident that it has, leave it to set for a further 60 minutes before you attempt to hang your knives.

Adhesive is a quick and convenient way of installing a knife holder. However, there is a chance that it could mark the wall and some are quite difficult to remove entirely.


The obvious upside to using screws to install your knife holder is that they’re far stronger and come with an almost zero risk of falling out of the wall. However, you must consider that if you drill holes in the wall, these will leave a lasting mark. Moreover, if you live in rented accommodation, you might not be permitted to do this.

Many magnetic knife holders come with screws and in this case, there will be areas marked out on the holder for these. You will need to align these on the wall and make matching markings so you know exactly where to drill.

Once you have drilled the holes into the wall, you can insert the screws through the holder and tighten them sufficiently.

How to Safely Hang Your Knives

Once your magnetic knife holder is installed, you’re ready to place your knives onto it. However, it’s no good just sticking them on in any old fashion. The idea of your knife rack is to provide you with a safe and convenient place to keep your blades. Hanging them correctly ensures this.

Placing the knives with the tips pointing upwards will reduce the risk of them slipping or tipping. Moreover, if a knife accidentally falls from the rack or gets knocked, the tip will be unlikely to land first which reduces the chance of an injury.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a convenient and safe way to store your knives then there’s nothing quite as effective as a magnetic knife holder. While there are free-standing knife holders, these are normally wall-mounted pieces of equipment.

The good news is that they’re very easy to put up and this can be done in one of two ways. Using adhesive is quick and ideal for rented houses whereas screws offer a more secure installation but will leave a hole in the wall.
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