Buy or DIY: 8 Clever Solutions for Storing Pots and Pans

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 have a mind of their own. But that doesn't mean we have to sit back and take it. Here are 9 clever ideas to help both buyers and DIYers corral their collections of pots and pans.

  1. Go Over Board

    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, playful painted outlines like the ones shown here are a great idea.

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  2. Roll Me Away

    Sliding Rack

    Sometimes a store-bought storage solution 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. Check out Custom Service Hardware for several different options.

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  3. A Different Point of View

    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

    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

    DIY Hanging Pot Rack

    Hanging a pot rack over a kitchen island is a great way to save cabinet space while keeping everyday items within reach. You can DIY your own using lengths of copper pipe; evenly spaced S-hooks allow you to display your cookware in style.

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  6. Sliding into Home

    Cabinet Organizer

    Another way to buy your way out of cookware clutter is this sliding system from Glideware. You'll have easy access, stay incredibly organized, and undoubtedly be the envy of your home chef friends.

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  7. Off the Rack

    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

    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. Cookware is still heavy, though, so be sure to find the joists in your ceiling before closing the deal.

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