Anchoring a pot rack in mobile home ceiling?

Bette Devlin
by Bette Devlin
I want to hang a pot rack in my kitchen, but need to know what the weight limits are on old 1965 mobile home ceilings.
  4 answers
  • Grandmaquilts Grandmaquilts on Jan 01, 2015
    I know nothing about mobile home ceilings, but let's assume the ceiling will not safely support it. Google HOW TO INSTALL HEADER ON A WEIGHT BEARING WALL. You don't need to support the whole ceiling- just the loaded pot rack.. This installation will put the weight on the up-rights- not your ceiling. Attach a piece of plywood - sturdy 3/4 -cut a couple of inches larger than needed for your rack- stain or paint to match ceiling.. Use those uprights to hang hooks, or something decorative so they don't lpok out of place.
  • Shira Shira on Jan 04, 2015
    @Fresh Crush, do you have advice for @Bette Devlin ?
  • Bette Devlin Bette Devlin on Mar 17, 2015
    Anyone? .....Anyone?.........Bueller???
  • D & K D & K on Mar 18, 2015
    First off let's look at the amount of weight you're attempting to hang. If we're talking 50-60 pounds or less (total weight of rack and pots) suspended from the ceiling, you'll need 2 anchor points. Any more weight than that and you'll need to use 2 additional anchor points to distribute the weight to an area as large as feasible. The trusses used to construct your ceiling and roof line, as most mobile homes are, are constructed minimally to meet code requirements. That doesn't mean they won't support the weight of a pot rack. I would use eye bolts with the threaded portion about 3 inches long by 1/4 to 5/16 wide. Locate the trusses in the ceiling, (you should be able to find them easily if your home has the little screwed in "pasties" that hold the ceiling and wall coverings) mark the location on the ceiling where you want the bolts to go and pre-drill holes using a 1/8 or 3/16 drill bit depending on your bolt size. Oh, and try to locate your eye bolts wider than the width of the pot rack. This will help to keep it from swinging so easily. Be certain to drill at least as deep as the threaded portion of your eye bolt is long. Insert your eye bolts screwing them in as far and as tight against the ceiling as they'll go, attach your chains, hang your rack and you'll be good to go. Oh, and if for whatever reason you decide you want to hide the eye bolts. Purchase a couple of the small pine bare plaques with a decorative edge from your local hobby store. Drill a hole in the center the size of the eye bolt's eye, paint them to match your ceiling, apply construction adhesive to the backs and slide them over the eye of your eye bolt.