Make a Wood Pot Rack

In addition to purchasing a pot rack, another option would be to make one. Many people enjoy working on home projects so if this were you, then making a pot rack would be an excellent weekend project. With a pot rack, you can make your kitchen more organized while creating better space. In fact, if you want to make an elaborate pot rack you could but even something simple in design would be a huge benefit. This article will show you exactly what you need, as well as appropriate steps to create and build your own pot rack.

Materials and Tools

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  • 2x4 lumber
  • 2xlumber (equal to the ceiling joist dimensions)
  • Caulk
  • 2x4 1/4-inch screw hooks
  • 0x2 7/8-inch screw eyes
  • 2 1/2-inch wood screws
  • 3/4-inch dowel rods
  • 3/16-inch zinc-plated proof coil chain
  • Ladder
  • Tape Measure
  • Circular Saw
  • Eye Goggles and Ear Protection
  • Dust Mask
  • Drill with Drill Bits


The size of pot racks are based on rail dimensions and number of dowel rods. Therefore, you first need to determine size and number of parts for the specific pot rack you choose. For the dowel rods and holes, start by measuring in inches the diameter of the largest pot or pan you expect to hang. With this information, you would know the on-center spacing needed for the dowel rods. For instance, if you plan to hang a 10-inch pan, then the on-center dowel rod would need 10 inches for spacing.

The center of each long rail would be marked. Then, measure both left and right of the center mark for spacing. This process would continue until all the measurements extend beyond the long rail end. Next, the dowel rods would be cut accordingly. With a 3/4-inch spade, bore 7/8-inch deep for the dowel holes. Be sure these are centered on the marks you made previously. Now, but one end of the short rails to the inside face of a long rail. Flush one of the short rails to each long rail end. To secure the long and short rails, use two, 2 1/2-inch wood screws.


You now want to set the assembly so it is on the edge, making sure the long rail is down. Simply insert the dowel rods into the holes drilled. The second long rail would be placed over the assembly, then insert the dowels into the holes, aligning the short rails with the long rail ends. Again, use the same size wood screws to secure long and short rails together. Once the pot rack assembly is complete, you can stain or paint it to your liking. In fact, if you want to add a little character, use decorative molding around the side rails.


You then need to measure three inches in from the end of each long rail, marking the center for the top edge. Now, drill a pilot hole on the marks created, going 1/2-inch less deep than that of the threaded part of the screw eye. Place caulk into the hole, going only halfway. Install the screw eye, carefully wiping off any excessive caulk. With the assistance of a friend, hold the new pot rack upside down to the ceiling where it would be hung. With a pencil, mark the ceiling where the screw eyes will be located. Pilot holes are again drilled 1/2-inch shallower that the threaded part on the screw hooks.

You now need to climb up into the attic looking for the holes you drilled. Then, the distance between the ceiling joists would be measured so headers can be cut to fit in between. The headers are inserted over each hole, using 20d nails to secure them to the joists. Again, pilot holes would be drilled in the headers, keeping to 1/2-inch shallower than the threaded part of the screw hook while filling halfway with caulk before installing. Now that these steps are complete, the pot rack can be hung and enjoyed.