Introduction: Window Pan Rack
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.)
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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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