How To Choose A Pot Rack For Your
by: Flor Buenaventura
Do you want to free up some kitchen cabinet
space and have your pots and pans hanging from a pot rack
within easy reach? And do you want to have your cookbooks,
cooking oils, and your basil and thyme herbs displayed neatly
on a wall mounted pot rack as well?
Then the stylishly decorative and practical
hanging or wall mounted pot rack might just be the storage
space solution and energy saving kitchen device for
Possible origins of pot
The idea of hanging cookery pots in the
kitchen may have originated from the 17th century practice of
using an arrangement of links and hooks or trammels to suspend,
raise or lower cooking pots in a fireplace to control cooking
Up to the 15th century, most wealthy European
homes had spacious kitchens with several adjacent anterooms,
including whole rooms just for storing pots and pans and other
utensils. However, it would not be surprising if poorer
families with less spacious kitchens used pot racks, either in
the form of tripods standing on the kitchen dirt floor or hooks
hanging from the ceiling or wall, to store their pots and pans
and other utensils.
How to choose a pot rack for your
1. The first question to ask is "Where do I
want to put my pot rack?". If you are going to put it on top of
a kitchen island, for example, then you will probably need a
pot rack hanging from the ceiling. If you are going to put it
against the kitchen wall, then you may need to have the
wall-mounted shelf type variety with a grid.
2. If you are going for a hanging pot rack
you have to know how tall your ceiling is. Most pot racks are
designed to fit 8 or 9-foot ceilings for easy access to cooks
of average height. However, households with shorter cooks or
taller ceilings need not despair. Most pot rack stores, whether
online or down the road, carry a wide range of chains or
extension hooks to solve the situation.
3. The next question is: "Do you want to
match your pot rack to your kitchen's decor?" For example, if
you are going to hang your pot rack in a modern kitchen above a
built-in kitchen island with stainless steel countertops,
cooktops, ovens and dishwashers, then a stainless steel pot
rack might be best for you.
However, if you are you are going to hang
your pot rack in country cottage style kitchen next to oak
timber cabinets and coffee black kitchen appliances, then a
black hammered steel pot rack might be a good
4. And equally important is "How do you want
the pot rack to look?" If you want a more modern look, then the
clean lines of glistening stainless steel may be your best bet.
If you are going for the antique look, then the decorative
swirls of brassy copper may do the job.
5. What type of material do you want your pot
rack to be made of? Do you want the country elegance of oak or
natural cherry? The practicality and durability of painted or
powder coated hammered steel? Or the sleekness and strength of
6. What size and shape do you want your pot
rack to be - rectangular, round, oval or square? This may be
dictated by the number of pots, pans and other cooking utensils
that you want to fit in as well as the kitchen space that you
7. Do you need additional light? If the pot
rack is above a cooking and food preparation area, then you may
need pot racks that come with downlights to illluminate as well
as add ambience to your working space.
8. And last but not least, how much do you
want to spend for your pot rack? A quick comparative shopping
on the internet will reveal that sales abound and
For a budget of $50 you can get a lovely powder-coated
wall-mounted pot rack in bookshelf style to put your pots and
pans as well as your favorite plant and recipe book side by
A budget of $150 can get you a hanging stainless steel oval
kitchen pot rack with grid.
For $359.97 you can get a modern styled Oneida lighted pot rack
with center grid and two downlights.
And if you have $2000 to spare you can get a pot rack used by
professional chefs in high tech stainless steel and with two
rack levels that provide more storage and hanging
But if you are someone who does not own a lot
of pots, loves the hunt and a good bargain and have $4.95, you
can go to Ebay and get a pre-loved black wrought iron pot rack
that attaches to the wall and holds 5 pots. That's a