Want to know how to install that Hanging Pot Rack in
your kitchen? Then you've come to the right place! This
guide elaborates the process of installing a hanging pot
rack in a few simple steps.
Tools and Supplies Needed:
You will need the following items in order to install your
hanging pot rack as a DYI project.
1. Stud Finder
2. Drill & Drill Bits
3. Tape Measure
4. Ceiling Screw Hooks (usually included with
5. Chain (also usually included with purchase) extra
chain and other pot rack hardware is available here
6. 2x4" x 4' (Needed if you are going to mount the pot
rack in-between the ceiling joists)
Follow these simple steps to install a hanging pot rack in your kitchen
CHOOSE WHERE TO HANG THE POT RACK
It is always better to choose a spot where you plan to
install a pot rack. That way you will have a clear idea of
exactly how much space you have available for the pot
rack, and when you go out to buy a hanging pot rack, you
can choose one that fits that size.
When looking for a place to install your pot rack, choose a
spot that is within your reach. Pot racks usually go over
kitchen islands, sinks or counter areas. Consider factors
like height from the ceiling, where you do most of your
cooking and prep work, so your utensils are always close.
Also, make sure you don’t block ceiling lights or natural
light sources. Also please remember some iron racks can
be rather large in size, so keep the rack from blocking
views into other rooms.
CHOOSE A POT RACK (you can skip this if you already have
Wrought iron pot racks come in just about every size and
style. It is important to find one that fits the size of your
kitchen and is aesthetically pleasing, seeing as you are
going to be looking at it nearly every day. You can get pot
racks in a number of designs and finish options. You can
choose a color that matches or complements your
kitchen’s interior. You can buy a pot rack in black, silver,
gold, bronze, copper or rustic finish to complement your
kitchen’s existing style and color scheme.
Above: Large Basket Rack by Enclume ($375.99)
Right: Enclume Design Products. Available at
Timeless Wrought Iron website.
CHOOSE A HEIGHT FOR YOUR HANGING POT RACK
Iron pot racks should be hung so that your utensils are
easily reachable, yet aren’t low enough to bump your
head. So first figure out what is your comfortable
arms’ reach, then the height of your ceiling. Also, take
into consideration how much the average pot or pan
will hang down from the rack, thus creating a virtual
extension of your reach. You should have about 42”
difference between the counter top and the hanging pot
rack to allow a comfortable reach without bumping
your head with it. To figure out how your specific rack
will fit, subtract the size of the rack from 42”. The
resulting figure is the number of inches you need
between your hanging pot rack and ceiling.
FIND THE CEILING JOISTS
Since you are dealing with a pot rack made of wrought requiring you to slide it across the ceiling and wait
iron which is pretty heavy, so you must hang it from the for the beep or flash indicating a solid frame.
ceiling joists. If the joists are perpendicular to the spot
where you want your pot rack, you will need to install a 2. If you don't have a stud finder, you can check for
ceiling plate or a wooden beam. joists every 16" to 24", looking for nails or nail
heads and then tapping the area to find the solid
Locate your joists by using either of the following ways: frame.
1. Use a stud finder or look for nails or nail heads in
the drywall. A stud finder is very simple, only
DRILL THE PILOT HOLES
Once you've located the ceiling joists and decided where
along the frame you want your pot rack to hang, measure
the distance between the chains, and mark your ceiling.
Drill the pilot holes, making sure that the holes are not
larger than your ceiling hooks. Keep in mind the rack
should be squared over the counter, island or sink.
SECURE THE CHAINS
After screwing in the hooks into the ceiling, decide how
low you want the rack to hang. Then, hang the chains on
the hooks without the rack, in order to reduce the weight
you’re lifting above your head. Remember you can
always add or subtract a link in the chain if you wish to
adjust the height.
ATTACH YOUR POT RACK
Wrought Iron Pot Rack Hardware Available After you have set your chains at the desired length,
at Timeless Wrought Iron website. simply attach your new wrought iron pot rack to the
chains. Now, go ahead and hang your pots and pans!
Things to Remember While Hanging Your Pot Rack
Try not to hang your wrought iron rack above the stove. If you place the rack directly above the stove, your pots and
pans might collect all the grease from cooking.
Remember, if you purchase your pot rack from us and run into installation problems, please give us a call at
800-957-1178. We will be happy to help you find a contractor in your area to professionally install your wrought iron
pot rack for you.
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