Introduction: Hanging Pot Rack
Faced with too many pots, pans and kitchen gadgets, I looked for a way to organize it all. Kitchen stores sell hanging pot racks, but for hundreds of dollars, and with very little space. A simple garden trellis provides the same functions, but for less than $15
Step 1: Assemble Materials
Garden trellis: these are available at home improvement and garden stores. The ones I used were 36" on a side, made from 1x1 strips. They had 2 longer strips in the center for driving into the ground; cut these off.
S-hooks: get lots. The ones I use are made of 1/8" steel. Take your trellis to the hook department and make sure that they are the right size to fit over the trellis slats. They might need just a little bending
Mounting screws: Long enough to go through 3/4" strip and 1/2" drywall... 2" are a good choice. Also may want some drywall screws to add extra stabilizing support for parts that aren't over studs.
Sandpaper: Straight from the store, this wood is pretty rough. I gave it a quick touch with 160 grit to take off the splinters. You could finish or paint it if you like
Tools: Drill, stud-finder, screwdriver, saw, vice-grips or other sturdy pliers
Step 2: Locate and Hang
Use a stud finder to locate stud to hang pot rack from. It's going to be holding a lot of weight, so at least one bar should go into a stud. I also put a couple of drywall screws into other bars to stabilize it.
Drill pilot holes into the stud and pre-drill the holes in the trellis, otherwise you'll split the thin strips.
Attach the vertical bars to the wall. This will leave the horizontal bars 3/4" of an inch away from the wall so you can slip the hooks over.
Step 3: Prepare Hooks
The S-hooks that were available at my store were too closed to fit over the trellis slats. Grab them in 2 pairs of sturdy pliers (or use a vice) and bend one side out a smidge so they fit over the bars. Don't open them too much, though, or they will rotate off the bar.
Step 4: Hang Stuff!
Fitting everything on the rack is sort of like a puzzle. Fit in the big pots, then find room for all the other kitchen gadgets that have holes through them. Pot lids, hot-mits, measuring cups. Go back to the store for more hooks when you run out.
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