Buy or DIY: 12 Clever Solutions for Storing Pots and Pans

Corral your pots and pans with one of these ingenious storage solutions.

1. Go Over Board

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DIY Pegboard

Sometimes the simplest solutions create the biggest wow factor. With nothing more than a basic pegboard—and a few pegs—you can hang a whole lot of kitchen gear. If you want to jazz it up a bit, paint playful painted outlines around your tools and pots so you can remember what goes where.

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2. Roll Me Away

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Sliding Rack

Sometimes a store-bought storage solution, like this one from Lynk Professional is your best bet—and this heavy-gauge sliding wire rack is a great choice. It glides out easily for accessibility and tucks out of sight for a clutter-free kitchen. 

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3. A Different Point of View

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DIY Pot Rack

If you have a small kitchen, you know that every square inch counts. In this modest space, a window is just the right size to accommodate a simple rack—perfect for hanging handled cookware of all shapes and sizes. You may have to sacrifice the view, but you'll make up for it in convenience.

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4. Divide and Conquer

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Dura Supreme Cabinets

This custom Dura Supreme cookware storage solution features a shallow compartment for lid storage that's installed in the upper section of a deep drawer. Arrange your pots and pans below, and you'll never again waste time hunting for lids.

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5. Hanging Copper Pipe Structure

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DIY Hanging Pot Rack

If you’re a DIYer who has more home improvement scrap material than you know what to do with (and you want to give your kitchen that “too cool for PEX pipe” vibe), use copper plumbing pipes to hang your cookware—or ask Etsy seller Johnnie and Suzie to make a custom rack for you. The copper piping is stunning, sturdy and fits right in with the ever-popular farmhouse-industrial aesthetic.

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6. Sliding into Home

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Cabinet Organizer

Another way to buy your way out of cookware clutter is this sliding system from SOYO. Made from heavy-duty stainless steel, the rack has a weight capacity of 150 pounds. Go ahead, hang those cast-iron Lodge pans!

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7. Off the Rack

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How to Store Pot Lids

Stacked neatly inside one another, pots and pans aren't the biggest obstacle to a tidy kitchen—it's the lids! Keep them in line by hanging them inside cabinet doors. The only hardware you'll need is a handful of plastic adhesive hooks, spaced to fit each lid.

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8. Climb the Ladder

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Repurposed Ladder

If you can't trust your old wooden ladder to support your weight, perhaps a piece of it can be repurposed to support your pots and pans. A ladder plus cookware is a lot of weight to bear, so be sure to find the joists in your ceiling before closing the deal.

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9. Kick it Up a Notch

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toe kick drawer

Would you believe us if we told you that your kitchen had storage space that you didn’t even know about? Many kitchen cabinets have unfinished bases with decorative trim affixed to their front panels. Rather than leaving this space unused, consider installing toe-kick drawers, which are perfect for storing sheet pans and other cookware. While this project is doable for an experienced DIYer, it may be necessary to hire a professional in order to achieve a look that blends in with your existing cabinetry.

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Storage Solutions

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Storage Solutions

No matter how large your kitchen, there never seems to be enough room for all the cookware. Pots are bulky, shapes and sizes vary, and those pesky lids seem to have minds of their own. But that doesn't mean we have to sit back and live with the mess. Here are 12 clever ideas to help both buyers and DIYers corral their collections of pots and pans for a more organized kitchen.

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10. Don’t Go in Blind

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10. Don’t Go in Blind

Many kitchens are designed with blind corner cabinets, which feature valuable storage space that’s tricky to access. Make the most of every inch of your cabinets by installing a pull-out organizer that’s specifically designed for these difficult spaces. They’re perfect for storing pots and pans of varying sizes, and each shelf slides out independently for optimal convenience. 

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11. Install Floating Shelves

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Floating shelves pot storage

Many storage solutions for pots and pans are purely functional and don’t focus on aesthetics, but what if you have attractive cookware that you want to display? Enameled Dutch ovens and other bakeware come in fun colors and can act as decorative accents in your kitchen. If you have unused wall space, consider adding floating shelves that allow you to show off your favorite pieces.

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12. Stand Up

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Corner pots and pans storage
If your kitchen lacks cabinet space but you’ve got an empty corner that’s going unused, consider a standing cookware storage rack. These standalone storage solutions feature several tiers, allowing users to stack their most used pots and pans so that they’re easily accessible. This particular model features eight tiers, measuring 68 inches high, and takes advantage of your kitchen’s vertical space.

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If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!