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Easiest Cupboard Pan Lid Organiser

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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.

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.

Step 3: Sticking

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Peel the tabs off the stick pad and slap the hooks on the door with the hooks pointing to the approximate center of where the pan will be. No need to be too precise here.

Step 4: Enjoy!

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We're done. It's that simple!

Enjoy your newly less hectic pan cupboard.
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jdelong310 days ago

great idea! I just had a thought, what if you used covered cup holders hooks. I am going to try and will see how they do.

Geckomayhem1 month ago

This is a brilliant idea and one that we should have utilised a long time ago. Unfortunately, sticky hooks are very expensive in New Zealand. However, we will look in the $1-2-3 store and cross our fingers (because at the various hardware stores they take a big chunk out of your pocket). :)

SuzukiDHP9 months ago
OMG.... This is absolutely genius!!!
andrea biffi10 months ago
that's genial!
Oh, and good luck in the contest, Jayefuu!
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.
DDC
Scotch has those 'magic' adhesive strips (with ad without hooks) that are easily removable - no damage to cabinets in rented abode. And, no reason one can't employ three or four such hooks per lid if (hook) breakage or slippage is a worry.

I love the vernacular - Poundstore & Poundmart! Here we have Dollar Stores, and Family Dollar as well as The Dollar Store. Somehow, I think the "Family Pound" would not translate well ;)
was there enough clearance between your shelf and the top lid for you to be able to close the cabinet? Other than that, this is a great project.
Jayefuu (author)  atepinkrose1 year ago
Thank you. Yes, the shelf is set back a few inches from the door.
sunshiine1 year ago
Lids are not fun to store! This project is awesome! I will do this when we re-do the cabinets!
oygen1 year ago
Very good idea! Thank you!
edgelab1 year ago
Ya, I have to say that that's pretty sweet. Thanks.
Dr. P1 year ago
I'm trying this today!
Bosun Rick1 year ago
Why not hang the lids from the hooks, as opposed to supporting them? 2-3 hooks attached vertically about 1 to 2" apart would allow 2-3 lids to be "Stacked" within each other thus saving even more space! Probably wouldn't work with glass, but metal lids would hang OK
the lids don't have a proper lip to hang from, they would fall off once you open or close the door to fast :(
I love this idea, but I think I would use heavier hooks and upgrade to high quality adhesive.
rshughes211 year ago
Oh Jayefuu, I think I'm in luv... the lids are out of the way, fit securely and this was an extremely easy fix! Kudos!
Jayefuu (author)  rshughes211 year ago
Glad to have helped!
sbartolin1 year ago
Brilliant!
I just love the euro cabinets.
Useless face frame style they sell here waste so much space-
-especially if you want drawers.
And they use lots of water-soluble particle board--all the way to the floor!
No little rubber feet on the bottom to save the wood from a spill. Junk!
There are trade offs. Euro Cabinets are much more difficult to install as the hinges have to be mortised and positioned just right. (Jigs for doing so are big sellers for woodworkers.) The lack of face frames means that the cabinets are structurally weaker and more suited for smaller spaces and limited lifetimes.

A lot of the differences between American woodworking/construction and Europe is linked to the historically higher labor cost in Europe. It's kind of interesting how social, political and historical factors combine to influence something as banal as kitchen cabinets.

Well, interesting if you are an uber-geek like myself and maybe five other guys in the world. I don't anyone else really cares. ;-)
My husband and brother-in-law are 2 of those uber-geeks (I mean "Super Geniuses"!
EXCELLENT!!!!!
cjraabe1 year ago
Wow! Great idea.
ornevo1 year ago
very nice!
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrilliant! Thanks for sharing!
tstrain1 year ago
Where do you place the hooks in reference to the pencil mark? Thanks!
wibown1 year ago
Again, What a Great/Simple solution!!!! Thank you!!!!
This is a good idea but people want to be careful with cheap, veneered cabinets. The veneer is not adhered to withstand shear and if you glue/adhere something like the hooks to the veneer and put to much weight on it, the veneer will simply sheer off from the wood.

Made that mistake myself on some shop cabinets hanging stuff on the outside.
JediLoreen1 year ago
I like this. Simple, yet effective.
MW0GKX1 year ago
Excellent and simple, will be doing this tomorrow!!
smcintyre21 year ago
You could use 3 tiny screws in place of the hooks if you wanted also.
I've used that before. A bottom, left and right screw. Open top, just slide them in.
StuNutt1 year ago
Sheer inspiration! I'll do mine tomorrow - but can we please now have an instructable to get the kids and the wife to actually use them ??  !!!

Stu
What a great, simple idea! Well done!
shi821 year ago
such a good idea thanks
wkearney991 year ago
Having used hooks like that in the past I would not trust them to hold a glass pot lid. The adhesive in them WILL fail and then you risk losing a lid or possibly getting hurt from the glass shards.

You'd be much better off putting a screw in there through the base of the hook if you're going to do something like this. Just be sure to avoid using too long of a screw and pre-drill the hole to avoid splitting the cabinet panel material. And, of course, make sure your panel is actually thick enough to take a screw in it!

It's certainly a clever way to make use of what would otherwise be wasted space.
Brilliant! Will be using in my kitchen re-do. :)
RhinoKing1 year ago
Brilliant!!!
sramiro1 year ago
Wow, what a good idea. Easy, affordable and very useful. Thanks.
that's ingenious! I'd stick a third one at 6 just incase though.
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