A genius $9 Kmart Christmas table centrepiece hack

Fit food and decorations on the one table!
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Decorating the table for Christmas is an art, whether you create a simple DIY centrepiece, or set the scene using seasonal foliage. So it’s a shame that it all needs to be packed up and set aside when Christmas lunch and dinner is served.

Luckily, there’s a product from Kmart that will make this tedious exercise a thing of the past! Sophie Foot, a member of the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook Group shared that the $9 Chrome Extendable Large Shelf is her go-to for keeping both beautiful decorations and delicious food on the table at the same time. 

Dining table with Christmas decorations
(Photography: Nicki Dobrzynski | Styling: Imogen Abady)

Members of the group shared their experiences using the racks, confirming they are sturdy enough to hold heavy items such as a glazed ham, rose and vanilla zabaglione trifle, or a classic roast turkey

While the Kmart extendable shelf certainly does the job, some may find its utilitarian design and chrome finish doesn’t quite gel with their chosen festive aesthetic. That’s where alternative expandable shelving products or raised serving boards come in handy.

Kmart Christmas hack to fit food AND decorations on your table
(Credit: Kmart Mums Australia Facebook Group)

Try these: 


Expandable cabinet shelf organiser in white, Amazon


Planning a white Christmas? Look no further than this heavy-duty, non-slip expandable shelf in white – perfect for Christmas table settings with a light or pastel theme.

Elevated serving board


Stanley Rogers multi-height serving board, in Natural/Stainless Steel, Myer


A multi-tasking piece of kitchen equipment every entertainer needs. Not only is it wonderful for creating the ultimate cheese platter, it also makes a fantastic shelf for serving Christmas lunch and dinner. Measures 75cm x 20cm.

JosephJoseph expandable shelf


Joseph Joseph cupboard store expandable shelf in Grey, Myer


Once Christmas Day is done and dusted, you can use this handy shelf to organise your pantry. The raised edges and textured surface prevent items from falling off, while the lockable legs are strong and durable.


Large metal shelf in Black, Target


Great utility shelf to press into (dinner) service on Christmas day and beyond. With dimensions of H12.7cm x W26cm x D38.5cm it’s wide enough for platters and high enough to decorate underneath.


Plastic single-layer desk organiser, Catch

from $15.03

Clean white and crisp more your style? This expandable shelf is a wonderful alternative to the Kmart design. Available in three sizes, this space-saving organiser will sit anywhere in the house after doing the heavy lifting at Christmas lunch.

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