5 Upcycled Pot Racks & Cookware Storage Ideas

The Storage Wars

No matter the size of your kitchen, chances are that you're frustrated by the problem of storage. Cooking equipment—pots, pans, and appliances—always seem to end up cluttering the countertops or getting jammed into already packed cabinets. No one likes crouching down and climbing halfway into a cabinet in order to haul out a frying pan. Fortunately, you can control the chaos effectively and inexpensively with a smart homemade solution. While there's no shortage of kitchen storage projects to consider, if your goal is to wrangle your pots and pans, a DIY pot rack may be the answer. Not only would it keep your cookware close at hand, but it would also create space in your cabinets in which you might stow away some of those unsightly gadgets littering the visible surfaces around the kitchen. Good luck!

I have a tiny urban townhome kitchen. You can’t open the refrigerator door more than 60% without banging into the oven, and the oven can’t be opened more than 80% without hitting the fridge. And don’t get me started on having any more than two people in the kitchen at once.

My mother, on the other hand, has a newer home where the kitchen/dining area takes up more than half of the “great room”. The walk-in pantry is bigger than my entire kitchen, and I’d estimate that that Mom enjoys 15 times more cabinet space, and roughly 30 times more counter area, than I do.

But even with these differences in our kitchens, we do share one thing in common: we’re both out of storage space. Everyone, everyone, needs more kitchen storage space. And if you’ve gathered a respectable set of cookware—pots, pans, skillets, griddles and gadgets—you probably want to keep them where you can get to ‘em.

You, my friend, need a pot rack! And through the magic of S-hooks, you can turn all sorts of objects into a custom option with plenty of character. Here are five creative kitchen storage ideas that will should help you maximize available space.

 

1. LADDER POT RACK

Creative Kitchen Storage Ideas - Ladder Pot Rack

Photo: Deborah Ory

This ladder pot rack is certainly my favorite. It’s got the warmth of the wood and plenty of places to hang your cookware. I love that you can still distinguish the original object while it does double duty as a functional pot rack. Old ladders can be found everywhere. If damaged, simply cut off the problematic areas, hang, and put to new use. See how it’s done at Women’s Day.

 

2.GALVANIZED PIPE RACK

Creative Kitchen Storage - Galvanized Pipe Rack

Photo: ReadyMade

Galvanized pipe fittings are amazing for creating all kinds of stuff for the home (here are ten ideas), but nothing more suitable than hanging heavy-duty cookware. (Well… except actual plumbing.) There are endless configurations that work for hanging pots and pans—a long bar against a wall, a square grid secured to the ceiling, a lattice-like freestanding design set in a corner. The choice is yours. For inspiration, check out this how-to from ReadyMade.

 

3. DIY VERTICAL POT RACK

Upcycled Pot Racks

Photo: The Kitchn

For the seriously space-challenged, consider this vertical pot rack solution constructed of shelving parts from a certain beloved Swedish flat-pack store. Or for some serious repurposing, check out a similar project involving heavy-duty chain from the hardware store.

 

4. UPCYCLED OVER-THE-DOOR POT RACK

Creative Kitchen Storage Ideas - Over the Door Solution

Photo: The Kitchn

This over-the-door solution is straight brilliant. Can you guess what it was constructed with? They’re replacement grill grates! Genius, right? They are a fantastic option for readily available, strong, metal “organizers.” I’d love to see this same technique applied to a ceiling-mounted pot rack using a kettle grill grate (available for less than $35 just about anywhere).

 

5. UPCYCLED WINDOW POT RACK

Creative Kitchen Storage Ideas - Upcycled Window Pot Rack

Photo: Young House Love

And lastly, an upcycled window pot rack! Windows are readily available at architectural salvage stores, Habitat for Humanity ReStore shops, garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. And as it turns out, they make a fantastic, strong source material for kitchen storage!

 

For more on kitchen storage, consider: 

Free Your Pots & Pans from Cupboard Captivity
5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry
7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces