Introduction: Simple Wire Pan Lid Holsters

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Inspired by Trebuchet's  excellent pan lid organiser Instructable, I cannot imagine how it could be done more easily, cheaply and quickly than this take on his idea.

I must first appologise for the state of my pan cupboard. My only excuse that I am was a student. And with the excitement of my brain wave and the fact I am moving out in 12 hours, I didn't feel inspired to clean it.

Secondly, sorry for the lack of photos, I was so excited at solving a problem that had been bothering us for 2 years, I hopped to it and got it done before I thought to document. So here it is, in the hope that my idea might be of use to you, the instructables community!

Step 1: Tools & Materials

  • a screwdriver (yes, that's all)

  • short stubby screws to match your chosen screwdriver. The non-countersunk (what are these called?) kind work best since they stop the wire slipping while you tighten it!
  • a few lengths of wire. Mine was purloined from a 1m length of electrical cable I had lying around, the kind used for wiring up a house.

(sorry, no photo. 4 screws were the extent of the supplies I could find in all my packed boxes, see the last step to take a photo for me and get a patch and major kudos!)

Step 2: Installation

Picture of Installation

1) Strip the insulation from the wire if you're reusing some old wire then seperate out the strands from the core. 1 strand will do!

2) Screw your screws into the inside of your cupboard. My landlord's cupboards are chipboard with a laminate covering. I screwed in at an angle to meet the thicker board making up the frame and to resist the pull of the lids better.

3) Twizzle the wire around the first screw. Get it nice and tight.

4) Loop around the second screw, using a pot lid to guage how much slack to leave.

5) Tighten the second loop of wire.

6) Screw the screws home so they clamp down on the wire.

7) Repeat on the inside of as many cupboards, for as many pan lids as you need!

Step 3: User Photos

As you can see, my photos were taken after I did it.

If you like this idea and try it out in your kitchen I would love for you to post some photos of the step by step process. Expect a patch and full credit in return. :)


Dejanm made it! (author)2015-01-21

Awesome idea, I love it and the way it solved my problem.

I used to consider adhesive hooks, but I don't trust the glue to be as permanent as screws. The towel rack idea got me interested, but this is much easier.

I used an old shoelace because it's softer on the lid and quieter too. I drove the screw right through the lace and I melted the cut ends of the lace with a lighter to prevent it from unweaving (if that's a real word?).

londobali (author)2013-02-14

This kind of 'ibles makes me go "damn it! why didn't i think of that!!"

i just love simple and elegant solutions such as this one..
Thanks for sharing!

iceng (author)2013-01-29

ill try this as a surprise to my wife,

Jayefuu (author)iceng2013-01-29

Please take some photos. I'd like some of a nice kitchen to use as the title picture :)

iceng (author)Jayefuu2013-02-04

Here is a pointer :)

Jayefuu (author)iceng2013-02-05

Ha! That's a great idea.

projectsugru (author)2013-01-29

very clever use of space, love it.

Jayefuu (author)projectsugru2013-01-29

Thank you.

guynoir (author)2011-04-08

This was absolutely brilliant! I also hung some one inner sides of the cabinet and now everything is much neater.

ixijimixi (author)2011-01-20

Oh wow. I had been using a couple of wooden brackets I had cobbled together to hang the covers on the door, but this is so much easier and no much neater.

Looks like I'm going to be picking up some picture-hanging wire on the way home.

vinrancid (author)2010-10-10

We just bought a house with THE worst kitchen cabinet layout EVER. This I believe saved my sanity. :) Brilliant!

Jayefuu (author)vinrancid2010-10-11

Nice. Any pictures?

Gregmink (author)2010-06-24

The screws mdog93 is suggesting you avoid to are called Flat Head screws that have a conical profile so they countersink themself and protrude only slightly if at all above the joined pieces. The term for the "round head screws" is Pan Head screws (appropriate for the title of this instructable), and are typically used for sheet metal or used to fasten with a nut and washer (machine thread), although you can find them in wood screws as well.

ourmoneypit (author)2010-06-21

Sent to my spouse, who is always looking for a way to do something about the lids. Excellent idea. Thx!

Jayefuu (author)ourmoneypit2010-06-22

Awesome, thanks. Pictures if it gets done?

EggHead101 (author)2010-06-20

Sweet solution, could use little hooks and large rubber bands too.

Jayefuu (author)EggHead1012010-06-22

Yes you could! I should think the bands would be more than strong enough. Though they may perish with age.

rimar2000 (author)2010-06-19

Good idea, at home the pan lids are all "tangled"

Jayefuu (author)rimar20002010-06-19

But no more!

gserrano701 (author)2010-06-19

Fantastic, simple, clean, light, simply fantastic

Jayefuu (author)gserrano7012010-06-19

Thank you. :)

nickodemus (author)2010-06-19

Nice! Simple fixes for the win!

Jayefuu (author)nickodemus2010-06-19


mdog93 (author)2010-06-19

I didn't think students used pans :P

Jayefuu (author)mdog932010-06-19

Funny you should say that. On my first day in my second year I only had one pan. So I cooked pasta sauce in the pan and cooked the pasta in my kettle. Win. (the pasta was horrible)

mdog93 (author)Jayefuu2010-06-19

lol yeah, works though. What about pot noodle, you only need a kettle for the ;), save the need for a pan lid storage. May i be nosy and ask why you're bothering if you are moving out?

Jayefuu (author)mdog932010-06-19

3 of my housemates are staying and I'm moving out for a new job further away. I thought I'd do it anyway since they're staying and we have too many pots and pans.

mdog93 (author)2010-06-19

*round head screws, I think you mean. :)

Jayefuu (author)mdog932010-06-19

Thanks. But don't all screws have round heads? :p

mdog93 (author)Jayefuu2010-06-19

Yes they do, but from the side the top part is domed, or 'rounded' so they are called round head screws usually, the other sort are called counter-sink screws

steveastrouk (author)2010-06-19

Neat solution.

MegaMetal8 (author)2010-06-19


Jayefuu (author)MegaMetal82010-06-19

Thanks :)

Jayefuu (author)Jayefuu2010-06-19

(PS that was the quickest comment I've had after publishing EVER! Congrats :p )

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