By: Camille Simmons
You know it’s time to take action when you open you’re cabinet and are greeted by an avalanche of pots and pans. Use your goldmine of unoccupied vertical space and hang pots and pans in it. If done properly, this can actually make your kitchen look quite attractive — especially if you have pretty cast iron skillets you can put on display.
Installing traditional pot racks in the ceiling is a fine option, but it’s not your only choice. There are other creative ways to hang up pots and pans. Here are four simple ideas for using items already in your home or inexpensive tools and supplies.
1. Repurposed Coat Rack or Hooks
Chances are you have an upright coat rack somewhere in your house, or you can easily find one at a home furnishing or thrift store. Place the coat rack in a corner of the kitchen, close to the fridge or stove. Use metal “S” hooks to hang different sized pots and pans.
Tip: Mount traditional coat racks on the wall for another pretty option. Slip the pots’ handles over the hook and sort by size!
2. Towel Bar
This solution to hanging pots is an affordable alternative to a traditional pot rack. You’ll need to follow the typical installation instructions for a towel bar. Install the bar in your kitchen and use large “S” hooks to hang the pots and pans on the towel bar.
Tip: Because pots and pans are heavier than towels, you’ll need to place the anchors before installing the nails or use heavy-duty screws. Be sure to check for studs in the wall or ceiling, depending on how you plan on hanging the bar.
If you love modern or industrial styles, purchase a pegboard to hang pots, pans and other kitchen utensils. These come in standard white, grey, or black, but you can personalize it with a can of spray paint in a color you love or metallic finish. Pegboards add an interesting treatment to a plain wall, in addition to storing your wares.
Hung parallel to the ceiling, an old ladder is perfect for storing pots and pans. Hang “S” hooks from different steps or from the hinges on the ladder. Find a beautiful, rustic — or new — ladder and customize the color to match your design style.
There so many items in your home you can repurpose as pot storage. Get creative! Try old window frames, copper piping, plant hangers, fencing or iron railing. The key is to really secure the rack structure to the wall or ceiling. Always test what you’ve installed to make sure the wall doesn’t crack or pull around a nail or screw from the weight.
Camille is a Bay Area-based planning and decorating expert. She is the creator of Planning Pretty, a lifestyle site dedicated to sharing easy, affordable and pretty ideas for everyday living.