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Feb 4, 2011 10:05 AM

Do you have a pot rack in your kitchen?

The white appliances were 7 years old and it was time to upgrade ALL of them to stainless. Of course it was necessary to do that in order to match the recently acquired (and fabulous!) Tramontina 10-pc TriPly set and assorted All-Clad pieces. Ha!

And now that the appliances look great (not to mention their amazing functionality suited just to our needs, our house and our lifestyle), I want to display that cookware too. I have a 3' square antique butcher block with a 5' open skylight above it in the center of the kitchen. I'm thinking this vintage garden gate I found is the perfect square size from which to hang all those pots. I can even suspend a downlight above the gate. It's a plan in progress and I know it sounds unconventional.

Do you have a pot rack in your kitchen? Is it there because it looks good or is the functionality the best part of it?

Yay or nay on the pot rack? And thank you for your opinion!


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  1. Kellyegirl: I have a freestanding pot rack, more of an etagere. I have it for function, and to prevent pans from being damaged.

    I like your idea of an old garden gate. Things to consider: (1) Make sure you have stout enough anchor points, each one rated to hold more than the weight of your stuff; (2) Make sure you have enough attachment points so that you don't have to worry about the rack tipping because it's unbalanced: (3) Make sure you have high enough ceilings to make it work--you should be able to have good lines of sight under your "longest" pan; and (4) Unless you like washing your pans a lot, but your rack a bit of a distance away from your cooktop.

    Alas, I have too low ceilings and too-small kitchens to do this right.

    1. Had a pot rack hanging from the ceiling in a kitchen in my last house. And I needed it because there wasn't enough closed cabinet storage in the kitche. The rack wasn't that close to the range but it and everything hanging from it still collected dust and grease.

      I vote nay on the pot rack.

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      1. re: janniecooks

        I have one because I live in a tiny house with a teeny tiny kitchen and there is not enough storage space. Mine is over the stove and while I like the looks and convenience--it's true that the pots always have grease and dirt on them. So it's a PITA but if yours is over a counter---go for it.

      2. Do it. I have two, an etagere type and a two foot steel bar mounted on a wall. They are way more functional than drawers or cupboards, and having cookware out makes a kitchen seem friendlier to me than a room of clean but bare surfaces. C

        1. I have a pot rack between the cabinets over my sink. It's all about function for me. They even drip into the sink!

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          1. re: Bada Bing

            Bada Bing... Nice. That's something I was thinking of doing. For me it would keep the pots away from the stove to minimize the grease from cooking. I have a condo with a galley kitchen that has an opening over the sink to the dining area. I'd rather keep them in a cupboard, but they just take up too much space.

            1. re: BruceMcK

              You need, then, to think about putting the rack IN the cupboard:

              1. re: E_M

                That is EXACTLY what I have as a set up. I have a tall pantry cupboard and removed the top two shelves. We installed those same hooks along a wood track we made. I was inspired by a pull-out pot storage unit by Thomasville:


                I also put some hooks on the side walls for spatter screens, smaller skillets, and large utensils like spiders, etc. When we get new cabs, I'm going to go with Thomasville just to get that cabinet!

                Yay - no dust or grease!

                1. re: E_M

                  Thanks E_M. That's cool.

                  My problem is just not enough space in an 8x8 galley condo kitchen. I already have roll out shelves in one of my lower cabinets to use the space better. Options I am considering are pot rack over the sink or on the end wall, and/or open stainless shelves on the end wall. I could fit 8" deep shelves without interfering with anything. Lee Valley has some nice kitchen shelf and storage systems but I don't see them on the website.

                2. re: BruceMcK

                  Yes, I have no grease problems in this location. And obviously, I also don't worry about clutter. I like things that are often needed quickly to be exposed and ready to hand.

              2. I vote YAY on the potrack. I've had mine now for about 5years, it hangs from the ceiling, just left of my stove; I have it b/c I have a small kitchen and not a whole lot of storage space. I love mine!