Since pots and pans are the bulkiest items most of us use, a pot rack hung from the ceiling is an ideal solution for tiny kitchens. A pot rack like this one not only solves storage problems, it is also a very attractive feature for cottage-style kitchens, and if made on a larger scale than the one shown here, for country- and farmhouse-style kitchens too.
This easy-to-make kitchen pot rack can be made with any type of wood, ideally, the same sort used for your kitchen cabinets. If your cabinets are painted you might want to paint the rack the same color to blend in with your color scheme.
Skills and Tools Required to Make a Pot Rack for Your Kitchen
The kitchen pot rack featured here is relatively simple for anyone with basic carpentry skills to make. The key factor is accuracy, particularly when it comes to drilling the holes for the dowel rods from which the pots and pans will be suspended.
The size of the finished rack is 600 mm x 450 mm (about 2 ft x 1.5 ft) in size. The dowels used are 19 mm or ¾ inch; you just need to be sure that the correct sized wood drill bit is used and that your measurements are precise.
Here is an essential list of tools and other related items:
· A retractable tape measure and carpenter’s (or actually any) pencil.
· A combination or carpenter’s square.
· A saw for cutting the wood. A circular saw and/or jigsaw are ideal but you could also use a hacksaw and do the cutting manually. A hacksaw is the best tool to cut the chain.
· An electric drill with the right drill bits. A multi-angle drill bit is ideal.
· A rubber mallet to knock the dowels and side pieces of the rack together. Don't be tempted to use an ordinary hammer as it will probably dent the wood.
· Sandpaper to smooth edges. You can use an orbital sander or do this by hand.
· A paintbrush to seal or paint the finished product.
You will also need a suitable surface to work on, preferably a workbench with clamps. A small, fold-up, off-the-shelf portable Black and Decker workbench with built in clamps was used for this project.
Materials Required to Make the Pot Rack
Use any planed wood or medium-density fiberboard and alter the dimensions to meet your needs.
This is simply a starting point:
· 2 x 600 mm x 69 mm (about 2 ft x 2.7 in) x 22 mm (0.8- 0.9 in) wood planed all round (PAR) for the sides. The thickness isn’t vital.
· 6 x 450 mm (18 in) dowels 19 mm (3/4 inch) in diameter.
· 2 m or 6½ ft of brass or other chain.
· 8 x 5 mm or 0.2 in brass screw eyes.
· Wood glue, wood filler, and wood sealer or paint.
· As many S-hooks as you need. The ones shown here are chromed and measure 100 mm x 5 mm (about 4 in x 0.2 in).