Salomea Felcia. Kitchen Appliances. May 08th , 2017.
When space in a kitchen is limited, a hanging pot rack utilizes unused ceiling space and provides a place for storing pots and pans. Although hanging pot racks are especially useful for small kitchens, large kitchens may also benefit from them. Homeowners may hang a pot rack above an island or even mount one on a wall. By making a hanging pot rack, homeowners save cabinet space and create a unique, decorative piece for the home.
Choose the Materials
Hanging pot racks allow for a wide variety of material options. When choosing a frame for a hanging pot rack, the most important consideration is making sure that the frame is strong enough for supporting the weight of the pots. Wooden ladders are easy options that require little prep, although they may need cutting for smaller kitchens. Bicycle tires or window frames are also good options for hanging pot racks. Instead of using a ready-made frame, another option is building a frame using wood boards and rods or copper pipes.
In addition to the frame, a few other supplies and tools are necessary for building a hanging pot rack. A stud finder makes locating studs easy for ensuring that the pot rack stays put in the ceiling. Ceiling hooks, chains, and eye screws hang the rack from the ceiling while S-hooks hang the pots from the chosen frame.
Make the Pot Rack
The first step before making a hanging pot rack is choosing a location for it. While many homeowners hang pot racks over kitchen islands, hanging one over a stove or against a wall is another option.
Attach the Ceiling Hooks
After deciding on a frame and a location, the next step is screwing the ceiling hooks into the ceiling. While some light, small racks may use only one hook; four ceiling hooks are ideal for holding and anchoring the pot rack. Because drywall and plaster alone are not strong enough for holding the weight of a pot rack, secure the pot rack by either drilling the hooks into a stud or using them with drywall anchors. After screwing in the hooks, give them a tug to make sure they are secure.
Attach the Frame Hardware
When attaching the frame hooks, the type of hardware necessary depends on the frame material. If using a wooden frame, use screw hooks in the wood to hook directly to the chain. In this case, drill pilot holes before inserting the screw hooks. However, if using a frame such as a bicycle tire, use a quick link as a connector between the tire spoke and chain. For keeping the frame level while hanging, attach the hardware at four separate points on the frame.
Add the Chains
After installing the ceiling hooks and frame hardware, decide on how low the pot rack should hang. Using steel cutters, cut the chain into four equal lengths. Next, begin attaching the chains with the frame hardware. When using a screw hook, slide the chain through the open end of the hook. However, when using a quick link, unscrew the link, slide the chain through the opening, and screw the link closed.
Hang the Pot Rack
After attaching the chains to the pot rack frame, lift the rack up and hook the chains into the ceiling hooks. If using only one ceiling hook, hook all four chains into that one hook. Otherwise, hook each individual chain into a separate ceiling hook. If necessary, adjust the chains and cut unnecessary links with a steel cutter.
Add the S-Hooks and Pots
The last step in building a hanging pot rack is adding the S-hooks. Choose S-hooks that are large enough to fit onto the rack and hold the pot handles. After adding the hooks, the hanging pot rack is finished and ready for use.
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