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Make use of space over the kitchen sink with this DIY pot rack

Forget trying to stack pots and pans in the cabinet. Build this easy DIY pot rack to increase storage space and better organize your kitchen.

Taylor Martin CNET Contributor
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Notoriously, pots and pans are the most frustrating items to store. They're bulky, never sit flat and crash out of the cabinet every time you open the door.

Often, the best solution is to hang your pots and pans. Chances are, if you aren't hanging them already, it's likely because there isn't a viable place to hang them.

If you have a gap between your cabinets, Reddit user Frohoss has an elegant and simple DIY solution.

What you will need

The design is both clever and simple to construct, and the materials will cost between $30 and $40.

To make the cross pieces or slats, you will need a total of six pieces of 1 inch by 2 inch (2.54 by 5.08 centimeter) hardwood which are longer than the distance between the cabinets. For the support braces on the ends, you need two pieces of wood approximately the depth of the cabinets -- or short enough to slot into the trim along the top of your cabinets.

Additionally, you will need a handful of wood screws, wood glue, and some swivel hooks. You will also need a stain to match your cabinets or paint for an accent color.

How to make a pot rack

Essentially, you will need to cut all the cross pieces to the same length. The total length will equal the sum of the width of the gap between the cabinets, the width of the trim on top of both cabinets and the width of both support braces.


Use the cross pieces in groups of two, spaced just far enough apart to account for the width of the swivel hooks. The groups of slats should be spaced evenly across the support braces at both ends. Apply wood glue to the bottom of each cross piece and screw the braces on the end into the cross pieces.

Drop the swivel hooks through the slats and rotate the hook to hold them in place.

The pot rack should slot perfectly into the tops of the cabinets, and the weight of the rack and the pots and pans will hold it in place. Thinner sauce pans and skillets can be hung from the hooks, while lids and larger pots can be stored on top of the rack.