I like to cook, and when I am cooking, I HATE having to dig through cupboards hunting for whatever cooking implement I am in need of. I like to be able to reach out and grab whatever I need when I need it.

I have always wanted one of those "hang from the ceiling" type pot racks, but have never lived anywhere where I could have one. But I figured out a workaround. This is actually the third such pot rack I have constructed.

All of them have the same basic principle. Pegboard screwed onto a frame of 1 x 2's...that's pretty much it. I don't have step by step pictures of the process, but it is fairly simple. I will say this, you might want to use some glue or construction adhesive if you are going to be hanging heavy pots from this rack. I think you could probably use it with cast iron pots, just not too many.

Also, do NOT use 1/8 inch thick peg board, get the 1/4 inch, especially if you have a lot of heavy pots.

The other thing about this pot rack is where to put it. This is intended to be a sort of "vertical surface" pot rack, i.e., either hung from a wall or some other vertical face. The first one I made I did by having two pieces of peg board hanging on either side of a refrigerator, with a piece of 1/4 inch plywood going across the top of the fridge. The second was rather large and was hung underneath a shelf in the kitchen. The one shown in the pictures is hanging off the door of a closet in the kitchen of the small two bedroom apartment I live in. If you don't have a lot of space, or if you live somewhere that you can't make "heavy modifications" to your living space (like an apartment), you will likely need to figure out some "guerilla" methods to hang your pot rack.

Step 1:


You will need an appropriately sized piece of peg board. I won't tell you what size to use, but remember that you will be having a frame that goes around the edge, so you will need to take into account the fact that available area that you can actually insert hooks into will be somewhat smaller than the full area of your peg board.

About size. This is a question you will have to figure out for yourself. How many pots do you want to hang? Which ones need to be the most accessable? Do you want space for your pot lids? How can you arrange the pots to fit in the available space and still have them be easy to get to? You may want to get a large piece of paper and do a mock up. I didn't, I just did the best I could to fit what I needed to into the available space, sometimes that isn't enough, which is why I have three frying pans hanging from the very bottom of the rack.

You need the frame for two reasons:

1. To stiffen up the peg board so that the weight of the pots doesn't cause it to flex too much and look cheesy.

2. To offset the peg board from the wall or other surface so that you have room behind for the peg hooks to insert and to keep them from trashing the wall behind.

You will also want some drywall screws and some construction adhesive or other glue to glue the 1x2's to the back of the peg board.

You might consider painting your finished product. I didn't paint mine, I was in a hurry at the time, but it will look a lot better painted. The pegboard in the photos is white, that's because I scavenged mine from a department store display that was being thrown out. (I used to work for K-Mart, and the amount of perfectly good shelving, pegboard, etc. they threw away was phenomenal, no wonder they went bankrupt...)

You will also want a saw and a drill to cut your pieces to size and to drill holes for the screws. 1x2's are pretty thin, and will split if you don't pre-drill the holes for your screws. (or nails, if you are so inclined...I am fond of drywall screws for my projects and almost never use nails.) You might also want some sort of grommets or washers to go under the screws so they don't look so "rustic", but that isn't absolutely necessary. You will probably want some "C" clamps to clamp things together while you drill the holes into the 1x2's.
<p>This is a great idea. Now I just have to figure out where one will fit in my kitchen. I don't think it's a good idea to put it on a door as all the extra weight will be hard on the hinges.</p>
Depends on how heavy your pots are. If you are a cast iron sort of cookware person, yes, might be a bit heavy. But lightweight stainless steel like I have, nahh, not a problem.
<p>Nice storage rack! </p><p>I did this same thing years ago by just nailing pegboard to spacers on the wall after my wife joked about how messy our pots were but how neat the tools were in the garage. It looked like junk but worked really well. </p><p>A few years ago we redid the kitchen and I took 2'x4' sheets of pegboard, painted them to match the walls then wrapped them with maple (which is what our new cabinets were made of). Our cabinets doors were similar with just a flat panel in a frame. The 2 &quot;pegboard in a frame&quot; panels were then hung on the wall and actually looked good this time around!</p>
Have you seen Julia Child's kitchen reproduced in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History? She had her husband outline the shape of each pan with magic marker so she always knew where each item should be stored.<br>http://www.shelterpop.com/2009/09/04/julia-child-s-kitchen-organization-advice/
Interesting. She sure has a lot of stuff. I suppose with that much stuff you do need outlines to keep everything organized. I have only a few things, so it's no big deal. I know where everything goes.
Well we live in a very small apartment, where space is a big problem for us to adjust. Since my family loves to eat different kinds of delicacies , I have a huge collection of pots in my kitchen. And placing them in the kitchen becomes a daunting task for me everyday. As my brother is a carpenter I can ask him to make a same kind of board for me in the kitchen where I can place all my pots at the same time. Thanks for the picture that you have posted in your post. That was really helpful to me.<br><a href="http://www.squarekitchens.co.uk">Kitchen Sheffield</a><br>
I have an old house with no storage space, My husband installed peg board and hooks going down the basement. My son installed slide out shelves for things I use most frequently. This worked out GREAT
One of the things that you can do that is quite handy, is to alternate pegboard panels with adjustable shelf standards, sort of like what the big box stores like K Mart do. Then you can mix and match, shelves where needed or hanging stuff on the pegboard. I did this in a garage at one point. I recessed the adjustable shelf standards into the pegboard so that the shelves would fit right up against the pegboard with no gap. The whole rig was very handy for storing tools, etc.
This is very much like my wii rack! Except mine isn't on a door. Nice job!
Added a link to your slide show at the end of my instructable. Yours is "prettier" than mine.
Thanks! Personally I think someone should gather a list for unique pegboard uses. I wonder how many different ones there are?
<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_Peg_Board_Tool_Cart_then_brag_about_it/">here's one</a><br/>
very utilitarian.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_Peg_Board_Tool_Cart_then_brag_about_it/">here's mine!</a><br/>
I LOVE this...i have a tiny kitchen and this would save so much space. Thank you!!!
Nice, I never would have thought about hanging something like this on a door. My pantry is fairly deep, I might try this with the peg board hanging inside the door. Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas!
The main thing is to make sure everything is secure enough and has clearance so that nothing falls off when you open the door. I don't get into that closet all that often. Also, make sure what you use to hang it from the door doesn't interfere with the door opening/closing. My "hooks" are a bit of a tight fit, so I kind of have to force the door closed.
It would also be wise to rubber coat any 'hooks' that pots and lids lie on. The rubber coating would help prevent anything from just sliding off whenever the door is opening or is bumped into, AND greatly decrease scratches from metal to metal or metal to glass contact. I've seen the stuff in the paint aisle at lowes and home depot. You just dip whatever you want coated into the gallon bucket then let it drip dry. I'm going to do the same to mine to prevent scratches on my controllers.
The idea has merit. I didn't really need such, I mostly used curved hooks, so stuff doesn't fall off, however with the "angled straight" style of hooks, such coatings might be helpful. My pots all have either plastic handles or wire loops coming out of the handles, so there isn't much risk of scratches. I haven't had any problems with pots falling off the rack, but it sure does make a racket when you open the door. Also, I imagine the risk would be minimal, but using such coatings in proximity to food related items might also be a consideration. Dunno what they make those coatings out of.
I found a multipack of hooks at home depot. Inside there were screws and spacers for mounting the rack. While you will probably need more screws and spacers than the 6 I was given in the pack, this could be used as an alternative mounting method. The spacers are about a half inch to give the space you need for the hooks but you'd need more than six to support the weight of some of the heavier pans and pots.
That's why I went with a frame underneath, heavy pots make the whole thing flex without some kind of support. I had a much larger rack I built at one point, and I even ran a 1x2 up the middle for support.

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