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Use gravity to your advantage with a sensible and stylish wrought iron hanging pot rack. It's a functional way to clear up some cabinet space while keeping all your utensils within arms reach. An iron pot rack is a simple design that gives you another option when it comes to storing pots and pans. The pot rack simply hangs from the ceiling of your kitchen, freeing up valuable storage space by offering an area to hang pot and pans. A hanging pot rack just might be the solution to your kitchen clutter.

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Hanging Pot Racks
Ideas and Uses
Space always comes at a premium, and when
you’re talking about kitchen space, there never
seems to be quite enough. In an apartment or
small home, pots and pans seem to pour out of the
cupboards. But the solution might just come from
above – literally!

Use gravity to your advantage with a sensible and
stylish wrought iron hanging pot rack. It’s a
functional way to clear up some cabinet space
while keeping all your utensils within arm’s

Wrought iron hanging pot racks are very
convenient and help store your pots, pans and
other kitchen items in an organized manner.
Using a hanging pot rack helps keep your kitchen
clutter free and clean at all times. You can easily
reach for a pan while you work rather than
opening cabinets and hunting for utensils!

Iron pot racks are very sturdy as well as stylish,
from a simple, sleek pot rack to something
ornately beautiful; you can get a design and finish
that suits your taste. You can find iron pot racks
in all sizes and shapes to fit your kitchen space.
From a simple pot rack with only a few hooks to
an elaborate pot rack that can hold a large number
of kitchen utensils, you can find a solution to
meet your needs.

You can select a wrought iron pot rack that
matches or complements your kitchen’s existing
color scheme. Finish options include copper or
classic matte black, shiny silver or gold finish or
a rough and rugged, old world style pot rack in
dull gray finish. Using these options, you can
easily create a perfect look for your kitchen, or
add to the existing décor and functionality of your

Hanging pot racks work best over kitchen islands
or peninsulas. You can also hang your pot rack
over other work areas like sinks, counters, or
even an open space in the kitchen where the
ceiling is high enough to allow free movement
beneath the pot rack. You can also install your pot
rack between two cabinets or beneath a cabinet.

Hanging pot racks are fairly easy to install and
they not only help organize your kitchen, they
also add a touch of homeliness to it. A copper
colored rack with copper pots and pans hanging
from it is a lovely sight in the kitchen, adding an
inviting feel to it while being practical at the same
FAQ#1: How should decide on a
location for my hanging pot rack?
Choose a location for your pot rack according to the kind    colanders, graters and whisks, the pot rack will prove
of items you plan to hang on it. If you are going to hang    handy over a prep area like a kitchen counter. But in any
pots and pans or other utensils for stovetop cooking, your   case the rack should not hinder movement and activity
pot rack should be within easy reach from your cooking       below.
range/stove. For hanging items like strainers, bowls,

                                                               To calculate the ideal height, keep two factors in mind:
                                                               (1) Ceiling height (2) Height of the person using the
                                                               rack and their comfortable reach.
                                                               These two figures can give you an approximate level at
                                                               which the bottom of your pans should be when hung
                                                               from the pot rack.

                                                               To calculate an exact height for your hanging pot rack,
                                                               consider the following example:
 FAQ#2: How do I calculate                                     If you are 5’4” (64”), with a comfortable reach of 6-10”,
 the height of a hanging                                       this gets added to your height to calculate your reaching
 pot rack for easy use?                                        height. In this instance:

                                                                 64” + 6” = 70”
Your pot rack should allow you to easily take down a pot
and hang it back up again without bumping your head.           Now you need to figure out the amount of room
Usually, 42 inches of space are advised between the rack       required for your pots and pans. A small, two-cup pot
and the counter below it. You should also keep in mind         measures about 8” in length, while a 12” skillet with
the sizes of objects that will be hung from the pot rack.      handle is about 21” long.
A general rule of the thumb is your pots should hang at               If your ceiling height is 10 feet (120”) you now subtract
least 8 inches below the pot rack’s bottom for an easy                these 78” from you ceiling height and you get an area of
reach.                                                                42 inches (120” – 78”) to fit your pot rack.

Adding these 8 inches for pans and pots to your reaching
height, you get 78 inches from the bottom of your pot

FAQ#3: How do I calculate
if the rack will fit in my kitchen?
Let’s suppose your pot rack is     for a comfortable reach up
18” high. To check how this        and in. In this case you need
will fit, you need to subtract     6” of clearance on all sides
the pot rack’s height – 18” in     and will need to add this
this case – from the 42 inch       distance to the length at
space that is available to find    which your pots hang so that
out the length at which the        you can comfortably get the
TOP of the rack will hang          pots up and down from the
below the ceiling. In this case,   rack. In other words if your
you need your pot rack’s top       pot rack is to be installed over
to be (42”-18”) 24” below the      a kitchen island, your reach
ceiling.                           will actually be reduced by 6”
                                   and you will have to hang the
Important note: If your rack       rack further lower to reach
is hanging over a kitchen          your pots and pans.
island, you need to calculate

 FAQ#4: How do I mount my pot rack if the
 joists run perpendicular to the rack?
Ideally, you should install your wrought iron pot rack in a           will naturally increase. You need a secure and sturdy
location where your ceiling joists run parallel with the              option to install your pot rack.
rack, if that is not possible, you need to use a wooden
beam or a ceiling plate to hang your pot rack. Always                 If you use a ceiling plate, it has two eye bolts that are
keep in mind that an iron pot rack will have its due                  attached to a plate with holes drilled in it at a distance that
weight, and once you hang the utensils on it, that weight             coincides with the ceiling joists. Mount the ceiling plate
                                                                      first, then hang the rack from it.
 FAQ#5: How do I install my
 pot rack using 2x4’s?

If your ceiling joists do not run parallel with the rack,
then you can add 2 x 4’s. To do this, mark where you
want your holes, pre-drill pilot holes and find where the
holes match up in the attic. Cut your 2 x 4’s to size, and
nail them to the existing ceiling joists. Now you can
simply screw your pot rack hooks into the joists.

  FAQ#6: What do I do if my rack hangs
  too high or too low after installation?

                                      The pot racks available in the market      you will have to lower your pot rack to
                                      are generally designed with the 9 foot     allow a comfortable reach. You can
                                      ceiling in mind. If you have a ceiling     either use extension hooks for this or
                                      that is lower than 9 feet, you should      adjust the chain length to get a
                                      consider a low-ceiling rack that           comfortable height for your pot rack.
                                      measures about 4” and up in height.
                                      That way your pot rack won’t come out      Please do keep in mind that on some
                                      too low.                                   hanging pot rack designs, extension
                                                                                 hooks and chains are considered to be
                                      On the other hand if your ceiling is       accessories and are hence sold
                                      higher than the standard 9 foot ceiling,   separately.

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