Introduction: Window Pan Rack

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Cheap and easy window rack for storing pans and anything else that will hang from a hook.

It has the added benefit of kind-of-obscuring the view for nosey neigbors while still letting the light in. (I left the blinds in because my neighbors are extra-nosey.)

You'll need:
Reasonably sturdy hardware cloth about one third to half as wide as your window is high--I used two-foot wide quarter inch mesh
Four sturdy hooks, eyes, or some other relatively heavy duty fasteners
EITHER one additional fastener per foot of window OR a staple gun and staples
Enough S-hooks to hold the stuff you need held
A drill

Step 1: Measure and Cut

Measure the width of your window, and cut a section of hardware cloth about six inches longer than the window.

You shouldn't need to measure the height, as the rack should only extend about halfway down, leaving you room to open and close the window--and for cleaning, if you're into that sort of thing.

Step 2: Fold the Cut Edges

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Fold the cut edges over about an inch and a half, so you don't leave sharp edges sticking out where they can bite you.

Step 3: Fasten the Corners

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With the cut edges facing the wall, place the hardware cloth over the window. Drill some guide holes, then attach the corners with any kind of stable fastener. I've used some fairly sturdy hooks and eyes I had left over from something else.

Because this is fastened around the window frame, you shouldn't need to look for a stud, but if you have a studfinder that makes cool sciencey sounds or whatever, you'd be crazy not to.

Step 4: Secure the Edges

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Again, I just used some old hooks and eyes for this, but as long as your corners are fastened securely, you could probably substitute heavy-duty staples or something else if you'd prefer.

Step 5: Attach S-hooks

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Once the hardware cloth is secured across your window, stick some S-hooks in there for hanging pots and pans, oven mitts, utensils, and anything else you can hang from a hook.

Comments

metqa (author)2010-02-05

Wow! That's a totally Cool Idea.  In the first picture I didn't get what was holding the pots up. I thought they were stuck to the glass!!  You really can't see the wire mesh at all from a distance.  My kitchen doesn't have a window, but I could see using your idea, plus Radiorental's frame idea to make a storage wall in my kitchen maybe.  My apt has cinder block walls ( now that is ghetto!) so I can't even hang pictures, but If I could get the maint guys to drill a couple of holes to hang a frame up I'd have a great place to hang my pots and pans and other hookables.  Right now I use tension rods and S hooks, but I'm limited to hanging things in open doorways, which isn't convenient at all for open spaces.  I have a big open wall with no shelves that's just wasted space. It would be perfect there!!!

I'm so glad I found your instructable. Just the idea of using the hardware cloth has so much potential all over the house.  I'm gonna give you 5 stars, once I figure out how to do that . . .

ccronkhite (author)metqa2013-11-30

Try command hooks and command Velcro. Not for the pots and pans but for pictures. That's what me and my wife have started doing to avoid putting holes in the walls. And its easier than using nails and screws!

radiorental (author)2006-05-31

This is a nice idea but.. maybe a little ghetto? Some suggestion, put it in a wood frame (except for the bottom) so you can easily take it down to clean it. And, that will tidy up the edge. I might try something like this in the workshop for hanging tools

lisarea (author)radiorental2006-06-01

Yeah, it does look considerably more hoopty in those pictures than I'd thought it did. I think it looks better in context of the rest of my house, owing to my overall ghetto aesthetic, and the fact that I have lots of things that are even junkier than that. Or, hey. It's, uh, a carefully considered and completely intentional ironic statement, a bold and entirely intentional blow against form over function. Yeah. That's the ticket. I totally did that on purpose! (You're right, though. It would look nicer with a wood frame.)

radiorental (author)lisarea2006-06-20

Hoopty, I love that word (o;

Some other ideas would be to just have individual horizontal strings, you could even put some "individual flare" more than 14 pieces are required. Such as my friend H. Heurippa http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5080298.stm

You could even have a primitive abbacus up there to count the number of times your neighbour has been perving on you. Maybe even fridge magnet letters spelling "uoy kcuf"

radiorental (author)radiorental2006-06-20

I seem to use the word 'even' too much

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