My husband made me a pot rack for Christmas out of galvanized pipe. I've posted it on my blog and there is a list of materials to make this yourself.
By Vegetable Garden Cook from Beavercreek, OR
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I received a really nice set of Earthchef pots and pans for Christmas, and would like to know how to make a pot rack to hang them from. This is the first set of pots and pans I have ever had and I'm over 50, so I would like to hang them up so they will stay scratch free. I have no room in my cupboards unless I stack them and then they will scratch. The rack has to be wall mounted as I have a small, galley-type kitchen and can't hang them from the ceiling without bonking my head on them! Thanks.
Catastrofy from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Any ideas about where I can find the wall mounts that would hold the dowel for the hooks to hang from? Can't find any that are decorative enough for the kitchen. (02/18/2009)
I came across an inexpensive mirror with iron-work and made it into a pot rack. Including the mirror, the hardware and S-hooks it cost me about 40 dollars. Just have to make sure the iron-work is sturdy enough to hold the weight.
By Lola in BC
My daughter put hooks on a cake cooler rack and hung it with a light chain. Very attractive and effective. (02/23/2007)
I've seen them made out of an old window frame, and then add hooks to it over the sink. (02/23/2007)
I purchased 2 metal hanging wall hook units from the dollar store for $1 each and hung them next to each other. They worked wonderful for my pots and pans. I even hang some of my larger utensils. It hangs over my microwave and toaster/convection oven. I have had several comments on my "imagination" on utilizing things that others didn't think of doing. Hope this gives you some inexpensive ideas! I've even sent a picture to show you, excuse a pot being missing, I'm cooking dinner as I'm doing this :)
I screwed screws into the wall and hung up my pots on the screws. I am so proud of myself. (02/23/2007)
I used some nice thick crown molding that my hardware store was selling cheap. They cut it in 2 foot pieces, which I attached to my hideous kitchen wall paneling using the screws they recommended. I bought some heavy duty hooks and screwed them into the crown molding. It cost me about 8 bucks total for my two pot racks, which have held up for three years and counting. (02/23/2007)
I was in Home Depot and happened to speak with another customer while waiting for paint to be mixed. She mentioned that she found an old basketball hoop at a yard sale, painted it black and had it mounted to the wall above her sink and that is her pot rack. I would imagine you could mount it with chains to the ceiling as well. (02/24/2007)
Two ideas for the hanging type: Go to a salvage store, thrift store, or garage sale and look for an old iron gate, heat or floor or air vent cover. Hang it from the ceiling and use "S" hooks to hang your pots from. Or, make, buy a new, or find an old used ladder, hang from the ceiling and again use large S hooks to hang pots from. Ladders are great because you can find smaller step ladders or larger ones depending on the size of your kitchen. Remove the back side of the ladder and hang the rung side from all four corners. Paint, stain, or leave it as is for the primitive look. You can also hang dried bunches of flowers tied with ribbon or jute. They're quite attractive. (02/25/2007)
I was given an iron and glass table that I really had no sensible use for and was just about to give it away again when I realized I can disassemble it and use the round base to make a very pleasing pot rack!
My plans are to take off the legs, attach chains (I may need to paint the chains to match). I am also trying to decide how to create a bottom cross section that will function as a basket to hold lids. I'm thinking to use a strong gauge wire and weave it in dream catcher fashion, since it is going to be a round pot rack. I may need to try a few methods and ideas before I settle on a good plan for a rack. I'm researching now and this is how I found this site.
Look at what you have around your house that may be suitable. Scan yard sales and thrift stores... maybe even scrap yards! Then add S hooks and mounting chains and you may find you have something better than what was available to purchase! (11/15/2008)
By linda r.
Try searching "Kee Klamp", and making a pot rack with pipes. You can build whatever you want, it is amazing, or just use plumbers pipe fittings. (02/02/2009)