Picture of Simple Wire Pan Lid Holsters

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!)
Dejanm made it!7 months ago

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?).

londobali2 years ago
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!
iceng2 years ago
ill try this as a surprise to my wife,
Jayefuu (author)  iceng2 years ago
Please take some photos. I'd like some of a nice kitchen to use as the title picture :)
iceng Jayefuu2 years ago
Here is a pointer :)
Jayefuu (author)  iceng2 years ago
Ha! That's a great idea.
very clever use of space, love it.
Jayefuu (author)  projectsugru2 years ago
Thank you.
guynoir4 years ago
This was absolutely brilliant! I also hung some one inner sides of the cabinet and now everything is much neater.
ixijimixi4 years ago
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.
vinrancid4 years ago
We just bought a house with THE worst kitchen cabinet layout EVER. This I believe saved my sanity. :) Brilliant!
Jayefuu (author)  vinrancid4 years ago
Nice. Any pictures?
Gregmink5 years ago
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.
ourmoneypit5 years ago
Sent to my spouse, who is always looking for a way to do something about the lids. Excellent idea. Thx!
Jayefuu (author)  ourmoneypit5 years ago
Awesome, thanks. Pictures if it gets done?
EggHead1015 years ago
Sweet solution, could use little hooks and large rubber bands too.
Jayefuu (author)  EggHead1015 years ago
Yes you could! I should think the bands would be more than strong enough. Though they may perish with age.
rimar20005 years ago
Good idea, at home the pan lids are all "tangled"
Jayefuu (author)  rimar20005 years ago
But no more!
gserrano7015 years ago
Fantastic, simple, clean, light, simply fantastic
Jayefuu (author)  gserrano7015 years ago
Thank you. :)
nickodemus5 years ago
Nice! Simple fixes for the win!
Jayefuu (author)  nickodemus5 years ago
mdog935 years ago
I didn't think students used pans :P
Jayefuu (author)  mdog935 years ago
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 Jayefuu5 years ago
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)  mdog935 years ago
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.
mdog935 years ago
*round head screws, I think you mean. :)
Jayefuu (author)  mdog935 years ago
Thanks. But don't all screws have round heads? :p
mdog93 Jayefuu5 years ago
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
Neat solution.
MegaMetal85 years ago
Jayefuu (author)  MegaMetal85 years ago
Thanks :)
Jayefuu (author)  Jayefuu5 years ago
(PS that was the quickest comment I've had after publishing EVER! Congrats :p )