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How to Make a DIY Hanging Pot Rack – 6 Cheap & Easy Methods

By Myscha Theriault

pot rackWhether you want to create your own pot rack for functional reasons or decorative ones, chances are you’re doing it to save money. But heading down the path of days spent sanding, carving, and assembling can not only be tedious, it can take valuable time away from your money-making endeavors.

Choosing the right plan is critical to get your new pot rack up and operational as quickly and affordably as possible.

Here are six great ways to make a pot rack on the cheap and easy.

6 Types of DIY Pot Racks

1. Towel Bars
As long as you pick something neutral enough to work in a kitchen as well as a bathroom, you’re all set. I’ve seen towel bars in brushed steel, copper, and wrought iron that work great in a kitchen when horizontally-mounted above one another on an open wall. Just make sure you slap on some s-hooks and attach them to the interior wall studs for stability. You’ll be able to hang everything from pots and pans to hard-to-store kitchen utensils.

2. Gate Sections
I picked up a fun section of old iron gate for five dollars at a salvage yard in Arizona, a one-dollar can of textured black spray paint from the hardware store, some eye hooks, decorative chain lengths, and s-hooks – and I was in business.

This pot rack got tons of compliments every time somebody new came to visit our home. I used it to hang cookware along with ropes of garlic and wreaths of dried chili peppers. Best of all, with multiple rows of metal, this medium-sized pot rack provided as much storage space as two full cupboards.

3. Ladders
If you have a large enough kitchen to pull off a full-length wooden ladder, great. Chances are though, you may need to cut it into sections if you live in a smaller space.  And just like the gate sections, you can mount these with eye hooks and chains, leaving only the s-hooks to complete your piece. You could also wall mount the ladder to take advantage of a narrow vertical space in an apartment or cottage kitchen.

If the hardware stores in your area only have the metal variety that won’t work for your kitchen décor plan, and you can’t find a wooden one at any of the local yard sales, check your closest chain craft store for shorter wooden ladders that are sturdy enough to do the trick. Stain or paint them whatever color you want for a hip, custom look.

hanging pot rack

4. Rebar
We made a ten-dollar pot rack for our lake house in Maine out of one piece of rebar, some flat black spray paint, two black end caps (the kind that normally go on chair or stepladder legs), and some s-hooks. Rebar is great because you can buy it in single bars or grid style sections. Either will work, depending on your space.

Since the kitchen at the cottage wasn’t that big, we chose to use a single bar. We hung it with chain and eye hooks, and in addition to the expected saucepans, we hung wire baskets of fruit, onions, garlic, and other items that didn’t need to be refrigerated.

5. Wall-Mounted Wire Shelving
If you’re going with open shelving rather than the top level of cabinets in your kitchen, or if you have an open space over the stove in your apartment, try installing some wire shelving rather than the traditional wood.

This will not only give you the shelf space you were looking for, but the ability to hang some s-hooks off the bottom and essentially get a free pot rack out of the deal. If you hang the shelf high enough, you can even add a horizontal towel bar further down the wall, doubling your hanging pot and lid storage. This is easy, fast, and cheap.

6. Window Security Grates
Along the same line as sections of gate you can pick up at salvage yards and hardware stores, the iron security grates used to cover windows make excellent pot rack material. They attach in a very similar way to the gate sections, except that many of them have four corner tabs with holes for attaching to an exterior wall.

This can save you the trouble of purchasing eye hooks and chain, unless you want your finished product to hang a bit lower. Choose black spray paint, or another color of finish such as copper or bronze. As with the other suggestions, s-hooks are a huge part of the success equation.

Final Word

You don’t have to be a carpenter or design specialist to make a pot rack for your home. A drill bit, screwdriver, and a can of spray paint are about the only tools you’ll need. Think outside the expensive designer box when it comes to kitchen cookware storage, and you can save big bucks, without sacrificing style. Creating your own pot rack is just one more way to have that affordable gourmet kitchen on a budget.

Have you created a DIY pot rack? What kinds of materials did you use? Share your tips from your project in the comments below!

(photo credit: Shutterstock)

Myscha Theriault
Myscha Theriault is a syndicated columnist with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, best-selling author and professional blogger whose work has appeared on such web sites as Forbes, MSN, the Los Angeles Times and AOL. Print interviews include Better Homes and Gardens, the New York Times, Women’s World and All You magazine. She is the founder of Trek Hound, a site for independent travelers, We Be Sharin', a home living web site, and The Lesson Machine, a site for teachers both Stateside and abroad.

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    Very great post make diy hanging pot rack.

  • Madeline

    I really didn’t think about making my own pot rack from towel bars, etc. I can see it could be less expensive. For me, the pot rack would be a major piece in my kitchen decor, along with the pots and pans. Showing of beautiful pots and pans on a beautiful pot rack is important. Wall pot racks as well as hanging pot racks are also a great answer to kitchen cupboard space. There are a wide variety of colors, style, material and size to pick from and it is amazing how different kitchen decor will change with a wall pot rack or hanging pot rack. Pot racks will turn a sterile kitchen into a gourmet kitchen!

  • JKraszy

    Thanks! These are exactly what I needed to jumpstart my brain. Great overview.

  • Sulandherb

    Pictures of your ideas would have been nice.

  • MLeonard59

    I am just getting ready to make one of my own out of an old cold-air return grate. Looking for just the right one. Yes, they are heavy but if mounted properly, they will hold up for years! I will post a picture when I get it finished.

  • Michelle

    Agree that pictures would have been nice. Some of us are visual learners!

  • Hangingpot

    I live in an urban area of row homes with very small kitchen’s and cannot accommodate a pot rack what so ever. These DIY ideas are good for innovative people but, what I think is that you can find many inexpensive pot racks today to eliminate the tedious work that comes with making your own. What comes to mind is utility bars and bar racks. All that is needed is a screwdriver and some elbow grease.

  • Lizzsicle

    Excellent ideas thank you! My husband and I just bought a house and don’t have Mich cash for accessories. Can’t wait to hang my pot rack once we move in.

  • sophie

    Great idea thank you for sharing we appreciate it and you help us very much

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