If the space in kitchen cabinets is limited, free it up by building a pot rack to hang from the kitchen ceiling. This structure is not only decorative, it gets pots and pans out of the cabinets and stores them in the generally unused ceiling area. Creating your own rack from pipes and hooks is not difficult and costs under $50.
You will need:
• Copper pipes
• Copper elbows
• Clear enamel
• Pipe wrench
• Pliers (optional)
• Drill bits
• Masking tape
• Stud finder
• Measuring tape
• Work gloves
Step 1: Find ceiling joists with the stud finder and use the pencil to mark their locations. The rack must hang down from these. Map the area on the ceiling where the rack will be suspended.
Step 2: Measure the distance from the counter to the ceiling and determine the amount of head clearance needed. Ensure that the rack is within arm’s distance for everyone who will be cooking. To make dimensional measurements easier, mark a rectangular or square outline on the countertop in the area directly below the rack.
Step 3: Use the pencil and paper to draw an outline of the rack, noting where supports will be located.
Step 4: Purchase the proper amount of materials based on the outline. A t-connector is needed wherever a support pipe extends to the ceiling. Two or more couplings are required to attach one side of the rack to the other. S-hooks should fit over the pipe and one hook is required per pot or pan.
Step 5: Lay out the pieces of pipe, remove stickers, and wipe each pipe with a damp cloth. Put on the work gloves and follow the outline to begin assembling the rack with the pipe wrench. Wipe the pot rack and dry it.
Step 6: Take the rack to a well-ventilated area and spray it with clear enamel to protect it. Apply several coats, letting the enamel dry between each one.
Step 7: Reconfirm that the support legs on the rack align with the ceiling joists. Mark the drilling spots on the ceiling.
Step 8: Have a helper assist you with installation because the rack is heavy. Drill wood screws into the ceiling joists to secure the rack to the ceiling.
Step 9: Once the rack is anchored to the ceiling, put the s-hooks on it. Hooks should easily slide along the rack. If necessary, use pliers to squeeze the top portion of the hooks closed.
Step 10: Hang pots and pans from the rack.