Automated Pop-up Kitchen Spice Rack
Automated Pop-up Kitchen Spice Rack

Automated Pop-up Kitchen Spice Rack


Having its roots in the Middle Ages automation started gathering significant momentum in the 1950s. Back then it was predominantly an industrial issue with robots performing repetitive tasks at assembly lines. Since that time automating technologies have expanded their sphere of application pervading all places where humans feel the need for streamlining their life.

Being quite affordable, robots are making their first tentative steps to cross the thresholds of our homes. They take part in upgrading desks in dens, hide TVs in living rooms, and facilitate our cooking efforts in kitchen automation.

Automated Kitchen Hacks

Despite a popular drive to eat out in fancy restaurants, the kitchen is still perceived as the hub of the house where all the family gathers after a hectic working day to have much-needed relaxation and share their daytime experiences (to say nothing of actually eating).

No wonder it is one of the most popular premises to smart.

Linear actuators for home automation

A time will come when we will be able just to order the kitchen to prepare breakfast or dinner even without entering it. And the introduction of every hi-tech novelty (be it an automated spice dispenser or a pop-up TV) brings us closer to this much-coveted dream. Today, the two principal tendencies behind all kitchen mechanization endeavors are aimed at reaching greater comfort and saving more space.

The first is evident in furnishing kitchen upper wall cabinetry with lifting systems. It provides up to 30 cm adjustment scope within which cupboards can be lowered and raised back to their initial position. Such cabinetry upgrade may be considered a whim for average consumers, but it is a necessity for seated users (primarily disabled and aged people) who can thus attain complete access to what is stored inside their furniture.

The second objective is important for modern tiny apartments (and oftentimes even houses) that tend to get cluttered over the years. For such cramped lodgings, tucking away food processing machines as well as other cumbersome objects (such as microwave ovens or bottle crates) creates much-needed space to fill it with other things (and people).

To have an automated spice rack installed in your kitchen seems to cater to both these purposes. Also known as a pop-up spice rack, this construction rises from the kitchen counter, kitchen island or any other horizontal surface and hides back down when you are done with cooking. Since the shape and the location of it depends on the specific layout of the kitchen it is going to be installed in, it is preferable to have a specialist to do it.

Creating a DIY Spice Rack

We offer you some tips on how to make an automated spice rack. It doesn’t seem to be a daunting task for anyone with nimble fingers and basic construction skills, provided they have necessary materials (which are essentially similar to those you would use to build a desk with a hidden monitor lift) and a box of tools to achieve it. As for the materials, you will need a spice rack itself, two guide rails, two mounting brackets, an electric linear actuator, a boat rocker switch, a 12V battery, and an insulated wire. The tools are the ones you employ for most routine operations about the house, so see to it that you have a handsaw, a drill, a hammer with a nail set, and a screwdriver with some screws.

The first thing to be done is to make a hole in your kitchen counter. Make sure the lid of the rack fits the hole perfectly so that you could use the surface when the rack is down. Then secure the guide rails to the back and the sides of the rack with screws to let it move along them up and down. After that attach the linear actuator to the bottom of the rack with the help of one mounting bracket while the other should be attached to the top lid of the rack from below. The final step is to connect the actuator to the battery with the boat rocker switch between them. Now your rack is ready to be filled with spices and condiments which can make your culinary exercises truly fantastic.

It is not hard to add to your otherwise humdrum kitchen a futuristic tinge equipping it with an automated spice shelf. It will not only let you maximize each yard of your space but will serve as a practicable idea to be further utilized in similar hidden storage systems for cooking machinery and utensils.

Anna Sapiga

AZ Engineer


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