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If you have a space that is 24 inches by 30 inches, you can have a pot rack in your kitchen! Don’t deprive yourself of this convenient and attractive kitchen accessory just because you have a small house. If you also have too many pots and pans and utensils, cramming them in the bottom or back of a cabinet does not have to be the answer.  A little ingenuity and research will result in a handy pot rack.


If you are a person who likes do it yourself projects, you may enjoy looking for items that will hang from the ceiling and that will also hold pots and pans. Some popular ideas include: a bicycle wheel, the cooking grid from a barbecue grill, and a rack made from part of a wrought iron fence. You could even use a length of iron re-bar with two pieces of chain. The sky is the limit when you are creating your own design.

The basic items that you will need include: heavy duty chain in lengths that will suspend your pot rack at the correct distance from the ceiling; heavy duty hooks to screw into the ceiling joists to hold the chain; carpenter’s tools, such as a tape measure, a hand drill, drill bits, a stud finder, a pencil and possibly a level. If you are repurposing something made of metal, you might also need a hack saw, nuts and bolts, and wire.

If you are feeling excited, then get moving! Have fun creating your own masterpiece. However, if you’re feeling apprehensive, then forget about DIY. You will be able to find many great commercially made pot racks in stores and on-line. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.  They are usually made from wood and/or metal.

Before making a purchase, you still need to collect a few carpenters’ hand tools for the installation (as mentioned above).  Manufacturers usually send instructions with new pot racks, also. Carefully look at the area where you want to hang the pot rack. Make sure there is access to the wooden ceiling joists.  You can check for them with a stud finder. Make sure that any hanging pots and pans will not hit a counter top or people that walk by.


If you do not think that a ceiling mounted pot rack will work in your kitchen, then investigate a wall mounted version. This style of rack also needs to be secured into wood.  The stud finder will help you find the wall joists. If these are not exactly where you want them, you can mount a backing board that will cross the studs, and then mount the pot rack to the board. Wall mounted styles can serve several purposes, from hanging pots and pans, to hanging utensils and dried fruits, to hanging hats and scarves.

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or not, there is a pot rack for your home. From 24 inches to 48 inches and from ceiling mount to and wall mount, you will find one to fit your home’s space. And from wrought iron to stainless steel to copper to wood, there are numerous materials and styles from which to choose.  Shop at You are sure to find that a pot rack will provide storage and charm, even for a small house!

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