26 Different Types of Pot Racks

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Add a decorative element or a statement piece in your kitchen by owning a pot rack. It can also bring order to your kitchen and free up cabinet space.

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Open concept kitchen with hanging pot rack, tray ceiling, recessed lighting, and an island breakfast bar.

Owning a pot rack in the kitchen is a smart way to add more space and keep things organized. Sure, you can use cabinets but who doesn’t want an extra storage space especially one that’s not just practical but also decorative and eye-catching. It’s also easier to just reaching for a pot or pan from the rack instead of pulling several pieces from the cabinet just to get one.

Aside from efficiently organizing your pots and pans in one area, pot racks also provide an opportunity to showcase your cookware. For those who love spending time in the kitchen, it can be uplifting to see your prized cookware, as well as a pot rack, make a statement piece in your kitchen.

Type

Standing

8-tier freestanding pot rack in black color.

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For homeowners who have plenty of room in their kitchen and do not need to worry about whether not they have enough floor space to devote to a pot rack, a standing pot rack can be a great way to display your pots without hanging anything overhead. This setup is ideal for homeowners who are concerned about the safety of having pots hang from the ceiling, and it also makes it incredibly easy for people to access the pots and pans that they need when they are cooking. If you are shorter than average and want to be able to quickly get the pots and pans that you need, then a freestanding pot rack may be perfect for you.

Hanging

Ceiling mount, hanging, wooden, single bar pot rack.

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When most people think about installing a pot rack in their kitchen, they consider the benefits of a hanging pot rack. This type is generally mounted above a kitchen counter, sink, or island, and it adds an interesting bit of flair to your kitchen space that you can also rely on for storage. When you choose a hanging pot rack, it is important that you make sure it is installed correctly so that you are not in danger of your rack falling from too much weight. In addition, consider whether or not there is enough space for you easily to hang all of your pots and pans without it appearing too crowded.

Wall-Mounted

Expandable, wall mounted pot rack easily adjusts to your space and needs.

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Wall mounted pot racks are great for the smaller kitchen because they provide you the perfect place to keep your pots and pans mounted up and out of the way without causing the visual clutter that can result from hanging them from the ceiling. As long as you carefully mount your pot rack into studs behind the wall, you will not have to worry about your rack falling. One benefit that you can enjoy with this type of wall rack is that many of them come with a shelf. This makes it easy to store additional items that you may need while cooking nearby, yet still out of the way.

Under Counter

Pot, saucepans and pans on white plastic under counter pot rack.

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This is not a very typical type of pot rack, but if you do not have a lot of extra space in your kitchen for a larger pot rack, and still need a place to organize your pots and pans, then putting one under the counter may be perfect for you. These are, of course, significantly smaller than wall mounted or hanging pot racks, but they do a great job of organizing your space under the cupboard so that your pots and pans do not get damaged or slide out onto the floor when you open the door. If you opt for this kind of pot rack, then you need to make sure that it is made of quality construction so that you can be confident that it will last for a long time.

Pegboard Rack

Kitchen cookwares on a black, metal pegboard pot rack.

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This is another nontraditional type of pot rack that is not seen very often but has a few benefits that make it worthwhile to consider. Like other wall mounted pot racks which keep your pots and pans easily accessible but out of the way, a pegboard rack can be mounted on any wall in your kitchen to provide you with extra storage space. Using these pegboard racks is easy, as you simply have to insert or remove pegs and hooks to create a custom space for your pots and pans. Some pegboard racks can be painted, which makes it easy to customize the look of your storage and ensure that it fits in with the rest of your décor.

Material

Steel

Wall-mounted steel pot rack in black with black cookware.

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Pot racks that are made out of steel are going to last for an incredibly long time. This durable and reliable material, when used correctly and installed securely on your wall or ceiling, is very unlikely to ever fail and cause your pots and pans to fall to the floor. Stainless steel is a very popular choice and will look great in a kitchen that also has stainless steel appliances. If you are interested in matching the appearance of your new pot rack to your appliances, then it is important to carefully consider the finish on your pot rack to ensure that it matches the best that it possibly can.

Cast Iron

Cast iron antique pot rack mounted on wood wall.

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Even more durable, and slightly heavier than steel is cast iron. One benefit of this bulkier and heavier material is that it can often be more decorative which will ensure that your pot rack is both aesthetically pleasing and completely functional. When opting for a pot rack that is made out of cast iron, you will have to be completely certain that you have anchored the rack into your wall or ceiling so that it will not fall. It’s important to consider the extra weight that this material has when choosing a location in your kitchen for your new pot rack.

Plastic

Frying pans organized on a white plastic pot rack.

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It is almost impossible to find pot racks that are made of plastic unless they are the type that fits underneath your counter. While plastic is much lighter and can more easily be broken compared to metal pot racks, it does have the added benefit of being lightweight enough to easily move from location to location. When shopping for a plastic pot rack, you will want to take into consideration the quality of construction, whether or not there are any cracks or flaws in the plastic itself, and whether the rack looks like it will be able to stand up to years of use. Depending on the weight of your pots and pans, plastic pot racks may or may not be a good option for you.

Aluminum

Half round aluminum wall-mounted pot rack on white background.

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While aluminum is very strong, it is not nearly as heavy as cast iron or stainless steel. When you choose this material, your overall pot rack will be significantly lighter in weight. This is great for any homeowner who is concerned about hanging a large and heavy pot rack above their head in the kitchen but still wants to be able to have his or her cooking utensils, pots, and pans within easy reach. Make sure that you are happy with the color of your aluminum pot rack, as this material does tend to be significantly lighter in color. It’s possible to buy an aluminum pot rack that has been brushed to give it more depth and visual interest.

Copper

Copper pipe wall-mounted pot rack in rose gold finish.

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Copper has long been a favorite choice of metal for home chefs, and, for good reason. Copper pots and pans have a number of benefits that people enjoy when cooking with them. If you want to include some more of the natural beauty of this material throughout your kitchen and home, then you should consider buying a pot rack that is made of copper. You need to be careful that your pot rack never falls, as this can cause this less durable material to become damaged. However, many people are willing to take this small risk with copper pot racks because they enjoy their beauty and the way that they will reflect the construction of their pots and pans.

Wood

Light kitchen wood pot rack with downlights.

 

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Wood is a favorite choice for pot racks because it is so incredibly versatile. Depending on the type of wood that is used in your kitchen, it is easy to find a pot rack that will match perfectly. For a warmer look in your kitchen, you can buy a pot rack made out of mahogany or cherry. At the same time, wood racks made out of oak or bamboo are lighter and will give your kitchen a more updated and airy feel. As long as your wooden pot rack has been constructed correctly, you will not have any problems with it breaking or being damaged by the weight of your pots and pans.

Feature

Lighted

Wrought iron hanging pot rack.

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One problem that many people have when buying a hanging pot rack for their kitchen is that it is often placed directly over the island countertop, and this can make it difficult to install lights for extra visibility in these areas. Instead of suffering in the dark while you’re trying to cook, you can buy a pot rack that has lights on it so that you can easily see what you are doing without having to worry about installing additional lights in your kitchen. These hanging pot racks may require you to call an electrician to help you wire them during installation, but when these racks are installed correctly, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’re doing and have the storage that you desire.

Shelving

Stainless steel cookware on black enamel double-shelf pot rack.

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In small kitchens, it is normal to try to add shelving in any way that you can to make it easier to maneuver in your space and store the items that you need. Opting for a pot rack that has included shelving is a great way to create more space. These pot racks make it incredibly easy, not only to hang your pots, pans, and utensils, but also to place any other necessary cooking items, ingredients, or implements on the included shelves. While homeowners with larger kitchens may not need this feature, if you have a small kitchen this is definitely one that you should consider.

Expandable

Expandable wall-mounted shelf pot rack on beige wall background.

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As you continue to cook and your repertoire grows, you may find that you need more pots and pans to be able to complete the specialized meals that you want to prepare. Rather than replacing your pot rack from time to time as you outgrow it, you can opt for one that is expandable so that you can make sure that you are able to have all of the space that you need to hang up your pots and pans, no matter how many you buy. This also allows you to move your pot rack with you to a new kitchen and to size it to correctly fit the shape, no matter if your new kitchen is smaller or larger than your old one.

Mini

Round mini hanging pot rack in black.

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Homeowners with small kitchens can still hang up their pots and pans within easy reach when they opt for a mini pot rack. These are just as functional as their larger counterparts, but they take up significantly less space and will not be able to hold as many pots and pans. While this may seem frustrating, it still provides some necessary storage and allows homeowners to store pots and pans without cluttering up their kitchen.

Grid

Cookwares on a hanging wood frame pot rack with metal grid.

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When you opt for a hanging pot rack that has a grid, then you will be able to attach your S hooks to hang your pots and pans in a myriad of designs and styles. The grid will enable you to separate your pots and pans or move them closer together as your collection grows and you run out of storage space. The ability to switch the location of your pots and pans makes it simple for you to add additional pieces to your collection without having to worry about whether or not you have enough hooks on which to hang them.

Stationary Hooks

Wall-mounted pot rack made from wine barrel stave with 5 stainless steel stationary hooks.

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While many homeowners prefer to buy pot racks that have moveable hooks so that they can relocate their pots and pans as necessary, some smaller pot racks generally come with stationary hooks. Those who prefer a neat and clean look in the kitchen and do not want the clutter of many pots and pans hanging closely together can also opt for a pot rack with stationary hooks. These hooks need to be securely attached to the pot rack so that you do not have to worry about them coming loose or falling out, causing your pots and pans to fall all over your kitchen.

Tiered

Black, wall-mounted, vertical tiered pot rack.

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A tiered pot rack will add a lot of visual interest to your space while, at the same time, providing you with the storage that you need for your pots and pans. These pot racks look best in very large kitchens as they are a significantly larger in size than other types and will quickly overwhelm a smaller space. When you choose a tiered pot rack, you are making an investment in your future. You’ll be able to hang multiple items from the various tiers, or you can use the tiers as shelving, if necessary.

Vintage

Sturdy, vintage black wrought iron pot rack with dome shape with 4 birds and metal swirls.

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A vintage pot rack is a wonderful way to use an antique or a family heirloom in your kitchen, as long as it is in great condition and you securely attach it to your wall or your ceiling. The main problem that you will run into when you opt for vintage pot rack is that it may not be in good condition which can result in the construction failing you while it holds your heavy pots and pans. If this occurs then you will soon be faced with a broken pot rack and dropped pots and pans.

Before either investing in a vintage pot rack or using one that has been in your family for an extended period of time, you will want to check its condition and make sure that there are no weak or wobbly parts. If you find any problems with your pot rack, then it’s a good idea to have a professional make repairs so you can take confidence in its security.

Reclaimed Wood

Handmade rustic and industrial pot rack made with reclaimed wood, stainless steel and aircraft cable.

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Many people love having wooden pot racks in their home but are worried about the effect that this can have on the environment. If you want a wooden pot rack, then looking for one that is made of reclaimed wood is a great way to enjoy this natural material in your home, and you will not need to worry that you have enabled the cutting down of trees in order to make a new pot rack. One way to ensure that your new pot rack is special and attractive is to use reclaimed wood from a family barn, family fence, or another piece of furniture that you loved.

Shape

Oval

Oval hanging black pot rack with shelving.

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Pot racks that are in an oval shape are very popular, as this elongated shape fits perfectly over an island in the kitchen and is very pleasing to the eye. When you opt for an oval pot rack, you will quickly find that visitors and your family members appreciate the way that it looks and the way the curve of the shape flows through your kitchen. These pot racks look especially at home in larger kitchens.

Half Circle

Half circle wall-mounted pot rack made of durable stainless steel with a brushed finish that matches both traditional and contemporary kitchens.

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If you love hanging pot racks, but do not have a lot of extra room in your kitchen for a full pot rack, you may opt for one that is and the shape of a half circle and will fit up against a wall. These pot racks are just as functional as any other hanging pot rack, but they are significantly smaller, and they do not overwhelm the space.

Straight Bar

Metal, wall-mounted, straight bar pot rack with cookwares hanging.

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For a very modern and minimalist look in your kitchen, you will want to opt for a pot rack that has a straight bar. These generally do not have a lot of indicating design or detail to them, but that does not mean that they are any less attractive in their own right. These pot racks are incredibly functional and will fit well in a variety of different spaces, as long as there is a blank wall on which you can securely install it.

Round

Circular hanging chandelier iron pot rack.

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A round pot rack has a lot of the same beauty as oval pot racks do, but is much better suited for smaller kitchens than an oval pot rack is. While you will still enjoy the gentle curve of the circle, because they are not elongated like the ovals, the circular pot rack will fit significantly much better into smaller kitchens and will not take up as much space hanging from the ceiling. Make sure, when buying a round pot rack, that it is large enough to hang all of your pots and pans. They do tend to look like they will provide more space than they actually have.

Square

Stainless steel square hanging pot-rack.

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Square pot racks are not incredibly popular, but they are a great option for smaller kitchens because they do not take up as much space and will not clutter up your kitchen. Using a square hanging pot rack above your countertop or island is a wonderful way to keep your pots and pans within easy reach. It’s a good idea to measure how large the pot rack is and consider how many items you’ll plan to hang from it. Square pot racks are similar to round ones in that they do not provide quite as much space as you may think they will.

Rectangular

Rectangular ceiling mounted pot rack made with metal and wood.

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While not as popular as oval pot racks, it is very common to find rectangular pot racks in larger homes and kitchens, and they do a great job with providing ample space for all of your pots, pans, and utensils to be hung in one easy to access location. When shopping for a rectangular pot rack, it’s important to measure the length of the pot rack to ensure that it will not extend too far beyond the edges of your island, as this can make it look out of place and too large for your space. Because a rectangular pot rack will mimic the shape of your room, it can create a beautiful look in your space.





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