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Picture of DIY Kitchen Pot Rack
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.
 
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ClayOgre (author)  edvanntta2 years ago
Certainly it will. It's just a matter of figuring out how to mount it. You could get a couple of hooks, then screw those into the wall, then put a couple of eyebolts in the top of your rack and hang it from the hooks. (That's just one way of doing it. I am sure there are plenty of others.)
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.
http://www.shelterpop.com/2009/09/04/julia-child-s-kitchen-organization-advice/
ClayOgre (author)  sticksandstones3 years ago
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.
peegeorge433 years ago
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.
Kitchen Sheffield
scoobytwo75 years ago
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
ClayOgre (author)  scoobytwo75 years ago
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!
ClayOgre (author)  gamemasterful5 years ago
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?
very utilitarian.

here's mine!
AzureEyes5 years ago
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!
ClayOgre (author)  atombomb19455 years ago
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.
ClayOgre (author)  gamemasterful5 years ago
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.
ClayOgre (author)  gamemasterful5 years ago
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.