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Haters of messy pan cupboards everywhere... rejoice! This quick cupboard door modification will leave you with more time to enjoy cooking dinner and sipping wine and less time searching for that elusive pan lid that's hidden itself inside your deepest stock pot or slipped down behind that slow cooker you've never used.

Don't have a local pound/dollar store to buy sticky hooks?? Try these from Amazon!

I first did a similar hack a few years ago whilst a student. Finding pan lids annoyed me as much then as it does now and so after seeing a very elegant solution on Instructables, I set out to make it even simpler. Having moved house several times since then, I was impressed when a friend improved on my previous idea, at which point I realised my current house has the same problem... PAN LIDS EVERYWHERE. iceng's uses the existing fixings in the cupboard, which made me think, can there be an even simpler solution? And, since my cupboard fixings were in the wrong place for his hack, here we are. Cheap and easily available sticky hooks.

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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You will need.... *drum roll* ... sticky hooks and a pencil! That is it. I found these 16 hooks for £1 in a pound store. Be sure to choose ones that aren't too small.

Step 2: Marking

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Hold up your selection of pan lids against the cupboard door. Things you may want to consider are whether the bottom one will stick out too far into your cupboard and interfere with objects sitting on the bottom shelf. Position it high enough that it won't do this.

When you think you've got a good layout, hold a pan lid up against the cupboard door and draw a mark in pencil at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock. If you draw them too close to 3 and 9 it will fall out, if you draw them too close to 5 and 7 it might not be so stable.
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famfilho2 hours ago


Very simple and ultra functional, using the dead spaces. You solve my problems in the kitchen with evil cookware lids.


jthornton131 month ago

Great tip! Unfortunately, I live in a mobile home that has a hideously severe lack of storage and the smallest kitchen cabinets on the planet. To solve my lid storage problem, I took advantage of my pantry door and used towel bars.


Geat idea ,,I have same issue, i live in mobile too,, by the way love your outfit,lol

Me much more like towel bars. Using adhesive hooks means living dangerously, IMO - they can't even hold a wet towel, IME.

Thanks. A variety of options is always a good thing. I have an aversion to using the plastic hooks, so using towel bars was a better solution for me ;-)

Couldn't find a pound store here in GA, USA )couldn't resist!) so went to my local home center and purchased the widest hooks I could find. Still weren't quite wide enough for my metal lids. Then I remembered I some rare earth magnets. Superglued a couple in place and it worked like a charm. Certainly more expensive than the hooks but it is a workable solution.

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old computer hard drive's are a good source of a very strong magnet

Jeeze, why didn't I ever think about that. I'm 3D printing my mounts right now!

nice, destroy the environment a little bit more with your inefficient toys while billions of hooks await already manufactured in a much more efficient, cheap, less-polluting manner, now wasted to landfill if no one buys them.
so the world is dying and you're speeding up, but, at least you have a toy to play with eh?

What's your problem. Would you rather I buy one from some uber corporation paying some third world worker a couple of bucks a day? Perhaps you own stock in one.

Why can't I enjoy making my own with RECYCLABLE CORN-BASED PLASTIC? dummy.

Well said. Thumbs up!


Maybe he hates buying things with "Made in PRC" written on them! (I agree, but we're powerless!)

Alas, it's true in so many cases. But jeeze:)

Vulpinemac1 month ago

My problem with this idea is that adhesives aren't forever; they will fail and usually at the worst possible moment. It's a nice idea, don't get me wrong, but those hooks need some form of more permanent help.

MaxR Vulpinemac1 month ago

I would definitely add a small screw for peace of mind.

Raphango1 month ago

Great idea! Congrats!

Nice, i have the same drawer pulls in our kitchen!

mschuckmann1 month ago

I love it, already ordered the hooks on Amazon.

Just a thought, has anyone tried this strong magnets?

Yes! Couldn't find hooks wide enough for my Tramontina lids so superglued some strong magnets on the door. Works like a charm!

iceng1 month ago

You can tell me ..... how are they hanging on two years later ?

Tried this with those same hooks and they fell off in a couple of days. If I had applied them properly (ie. thoroughly degreased and sanded the inside of my cupboard) they would have stuck. The concept is great and I love how little it costs. A great solution to a ubiquitous problem. Brilliant. Just prepare your surfaces better than I did.

What about a nailed-hook, those comes with three or four little nails. Well, it will make holes when you remove the hook, but It will stick better than adhesive I think ^_^

mickryobe1 month ago


What a great space saver and clutter eliminator.

Thank You.


Catley1 month ago

What a great idea! I never thought of this! Thanks.

pmshah1 month ago

I think those living in UK are better off. The quality of these self adhesive hooks are far better. These are a whole lot sturdier. The adhesive tales used are far superior and almost all have a provision of screwing them down if you ever want to RELOCATE them ! At least that is my experience.

DanielR331 month ago

Great idea. I been searching for a way to deal with those pesky pan lids for years... and a couple drops of crazy glue will keep those hooks stuck on!

onemoroni11 month ago

Outstanding, elegant, efficient, and cheap! I am having my kitchen remodeled and will have to incorporate this idea.

darmie.rudisill made it!10 months ago

Thanks! I found some hooks at the dollar store. I replaced the tape with 3m tape, sanded and used a heat gun before sticking. Family and friends love the idea.


Love your extra prep you did and suggested. I too worried about the adherence of the inexpensive tap on the hooks.

As you mentioned, I would definitely recommend replacing the "not so great" adhesive tape that comes with the hooks with proper 3m tape.

Thanks for sharing. Helps the knees from the wear and tear down the road. Looks great too.

fixfireleo1 month ago

what a great idea! one of the best i've seen so far.

jgderuvo1 month ago

They don't stick for longer than a few days. I tried it.

I like this good idea

ptabakaru11 month ago

Awesome Idea...

rchevalier1 month ago

that is the most awesome bit of awesomeness I have seen yet. The simplest things truly are the best!

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Bacon_Phat1 month ago

Super simple, really smart. Well done!

lbuser1 month ago

I am so excited about this. I have hooks, I just don't have doors only drawers in my lower cupboards. I will hang them on the doors to my upper cabinets. Pan lids have been such a pain for me, I can't believe I didn't think of this before. Thank you for posting (and posting again).

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