Pot Rack Introduction

By Glenn Charles, October 23, 2008

A pot rack is piece of furniture that is commonly used to store pots and pans. Pot racks are usually placed in or near the kitchen and are often arranged so that the cooking pots and pans they store can be readily accessed from a stove or grill. The main purpose of a pot rack is to provide a convenient, efficient, and visually appealing way of storing pots and pans. This article will seek to explain a little bit about the types of pot racks and will provide information on how they are most commonly used.

Reasons for Pot Racks

There are several reasons why consumers purchase pot racks. These reasons include for convenience, for easy storage, and for decorative value.


Pot racks provide convenience over other alternatives. When a person is cooking, it is important to be able to find the right pot or pan quickly. If the pots and pans are stored in a cabinet, people often have to search the cabinet to find the right one. With a pot rack, the correct pot or pan is usually within view and easily accessible from the stove or grill.

Storage Space Savings

Pot racks provide an efficient way to store pots and pans. A Pot rack often allows pots to be stored in used space in the kitchen. Rather than placing the pots and pans inside a closet, cabinet, or on scarce cooking space, a pot rack lets the pots hang down from the ceiling. This permits storage of additional items in the kitchen by freeing up cabinet space traditionally used for pots and pans.

Decorative Value

Another reason consumer purchase pot racks is to enhance the decor of a kitchen. With pots hanging from a rack, the kitchen looks more organized and functional. Moreover, there are many different types of pot racks that can be used to match almost any kitchen decorating scheme.

Pot Rack Types

There are three basic types of pot racks that people usually purchase for their kitchens or homes. These types of pot racks include hanging, wall-mounted, and free standing pot racks.


Hanging pot racks, as the name implies, are attached to the ceiling and hang down. These pot racks are often composed of several parts. They are attached to the ceiling, often to joists or solid parts of the ceiling, with using a screw type mechanism. These screws are attached to chains that hold the main part or grid of the rack in place. The pots and pans are then hung on the grid using hooks. Hanging pot racks are often hung over a kitchen island or in close proximity to the stove or range. There are several grid shapes that are the most common shapes for hanging pop racks. These are listed below:

Rectangular: This grid shape is often used for hanging pots over a kitchen island since these are the same shape. It also brings a different look than circular or oval shapes.

Circular: This is quite popular since the hanging pots look balanced from all different views.

Oval: oval racks are used when curves are desired, but the space is not appropriate for a circular shape.

Wall Mounted

Wall mounted pot racks are often used when the kitchen owner wants to hang pot on or near a wall. In this case, there may not be room for a hanging pot rack and a wall mounted pot rack would be better suited for this purpose. Wall mounted pot racks function similarly to hanging pot racks, accept instead of being attached to the ceiling with chains, they are usually anchored into the wall using screws. Wall mounted racks are attached on the side rack. The pots and pans can hang from the center of the rack with hooks. Alternatively, they can be hung on pegs or posts that extend out from the center of the rack.

Free Standing

Standing pot racks are used when the pot rack can double as a decorative piece of furniture or in cases where there is a certain space like a corner that can be used for a pot rack. Free standing pot racks can vary in appearance and size. Many look almost like shelves and the pots and pans rest on the various levels. Others contain hooks to hang the pot on and combine these hanging features with the look and style of decorative furniture.

Pot Rack Materials

There are many ways to produce a pot rack. Consequently, there are many different materials that can be used to make pot racks. The most common types of materials used for pot racks are steel, wood, wrought iron, and other metals. Steel is popular because it can be made quite shiny and often matches the pots that go on it. Wood pot racks can be stained and finished to match cabinets, other furniture or decor. Wrought iron is a popular choice for pot rack makers since it looks dark and sturdy. Other metals that can be used to make or finish pot racks include nickel, chrome, copper, or even a metal alloy. There are even a few pot racks made recycled metals like aluminum.


In addition to the type of pot rack and the materials, there are many different styles of pot racks. By far the most common style is the modern or contemporary styles of pot racks. These are popular because they fit the most styles and also match the decor it today's newer homes. Lodge styles are popular for cabins or country homes and are often made of wood. There are also pot racks made in the Tuscan style with ornate finishing.

Some pot racks contain lighting that can be used to light the surface below the pot rack. Other pot racks contain lighting that can be used to shine light on or emphasize the pots themselves. Lighting can give the pot rack another function in addition to keeping the pots and serving decorative purposes.


Pot racks vary in price. Small, simple pot racks can cost between $40 and $50. Larger pot racks can cost a couple of hundred dollars. While pot racks with complex designs composed of more expensive metals can cost several thousand dollars.