A kitchen pot rack is a great multipurpose item for your home. It can keep your pots and pans organized while also serving as a fun decoration. If you have been pining for a rack like this, you have likely noticed that they can be pricey. Why pay those outrageous costs when you can make a one-of-a-kind piece?

There are plenty of kitchen pot rack ideas on the internet, but not all of them have clear instructions. Take a look at these three ideas, the step-by-step process, and decide which one works best in your space.

On-The-Wall Rack

If you have plenty of unused wall space, you can make a simple kitchen wall mounted pot rack that also serves as a decoration. With some pegboard, wood, hardware, and paint, you can create a fresh, industrial piece that is as functional as it is decorative.

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Better yet, you can use this space to hang other kitchen items, such as spatulas, cheese graters, and hand mixers. Adding some wooden utensils to the board breaks up the metal and cast iron for a varied look.

Materials You Need

Don’t be fooled by the look of this board; it is more than a peg board on a wall. To ensure that the board is firmly in place and can support the weight of all your items, you need a little more support. Make sure that you have all of these things before you get started:

  • On pegboard
  • Three pieces of supporting wood the same length as the pegboard
  • Two pieces of supporting wood the same width as the pegboard
  • Paint in any color you want
  • Paintbrush (if not using spray paint)
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Paint marker (optional)

That’s all you need to create this fun, decorative, wall-mounted pot rack. The instructions are almost as simple as this list.


If you will hang the pot rack near food splatter (from kids or the stove), you may want to choose a latex paint or one with some shine. If you found a color you love in spray paint, you can choose that method. Spray painting can be a lot simpler and faster. However, you can select a paintbrush and pail if you would rather.

You do not have to paint every side of the pegboards and supporting wood. It’s only essential to cover the parts that will show. Here’s a list of the parts that need paint:

  • Front side of the pegboard
  • Outside edge of two pieces of wood that go the length of the board
  • Outside edge of both the pieces of wood that go the length of the board
  • Ends of all wood pieces

If you get paint on anything else, that’s not a big deal. The list above is just the minimum. Be sure to let the paint dry fully.

Optional Paint Marker

If you wish to add a little more structure and flare to your pot rack, you can use a paint marker to outline the things you intend to hang on it. Choose a paint marker color that is lighter than the main paint color.

Once the initial paint is dry, lay out the pots and utensils you want to hang on the board. Then, use the paint marker to roughly outline the objects. The key word here is “roughly.” There’s no reason to be precise here.

The good thing about this extra step is that it makes the piece look less like junk hanging on the wall and more like a well-planned idea. However, it’s essential to think it through completely before completing this step. After all, changing your mind on what to hang where you be difficult.

Mount Supporting Wood

Once the paint on the supporting wood is dry, you can mount the supporting wood onto the wall. First, use a level to mark where you will install the boards. First, place the wood that you measured to run the width of the pegboard.

It should go on the top and bottom so that when the pegboard is in place, you can only see the outside edges. Then, mount the other wood. Two of the remaining boards should make a rectangle with the other wood. The final piece should go up the middle of that box for additional support.

Below are some tips for installing the wood correctly:

  • Check for studs and use those when available
  • Use a power tool
  • Check the level after you install each piece

Once you have mounted the wood on the wall, you’re almost done.

Hang the Pegboard and Pots

Finally, line the pegboard up with the supporting wood and nail it in. For best results, place nails on each corner and a few times along each side. Use finishing nails for a polished look.

You can then use whatever pegs, nails, or hooks you like to display your pots, pans, and utensils. Enjoy your new decorative storage!

Hanging Pot Rack

If you prefer a kitchen hanging pot rack, love a rustic look, or just don’t have the wall space for the pegboard idea, you may want to opt for this DIY project. With some wood, chains, hooks, and necessary hardware, you can get the look you want and extra storage in just a few hours.


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As with any DIY project, you should try to get everything you need to make your pot hanging rack before you begin your project. Here’s what you may need:

  • Circular saw and clamps
  • Drill and bits
  • Paint brushes
  • Stain or paint of choice
  • Wood putty (something you can paint or stain over)
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety goggles
  • Sand paper
  • Cable, rope, or chain to hand rack from ceiling
  • Ceiling hooks (decorative in your style)
  • Robe hooks for the pans
  • One box of 5/8-inch screws
  • One box #8 flat-head wood deck screws (2-inch)
  • Two packs of steel screw eye bolts (5/8-inch x 2-1/4-inch)
  • Two 1-inch x 4-inch x 8-foot pine boards (or other common wood)

Don’t be fooled by the length of this list. Many of these items are common. If you do DIY projects often, you may already have them in your garage or workshop.

Cut the Wood

Be sure to put on your safety goggles before cutting any of the lumber. You will cut one of the boards into five 18.5-inch pieces and the other into two 42-inch pieces. This will leave some scraps on each board, but that’s okay.

Measure the appropriate lengths, then use a pencil and carpenter’s square to mark where you will cut. Then, tightly secure the wood with clamps and use your circular saw to make the cut. Continue until you have seven pieces you need. Discard the scraps or save for another project.

Assemble the Main Body

Use the sandpaper to sand any rough edges from your cuts. Once everything looks right, it’s time to put the frame of the rack together. First, lay down the two 42-inch pieces of wood so that they are parallel and the one-inch side is on the bottom.

Then, take two of the 18.5-inch sections and place them at the ends to create a rectangle. All boards should be on their one-inch sides and level with one another.

The ends of the 42-inch sections should show, while the edges of the 18.5-inch parts should be on the inside of the rectangle. Once the frame is in place, clamp it. Then, line up the remaining 18.5-inch boards to be the “rungs” of the ladder.

Once everything looks correct, you can start screwing in each piece. Be sure to pre-drill each hole and then add the screws. If you wish, you can use the paintable wood putty to fill in the heads of the screws.

Finishing Touches

With everything assembled, it’s time to paint or stain the wood as you desire. Be sure to follow the directions on the paint or stain you choose. As always, only do this in a well-ventilated area.

While the paint dries, you can go into your kitchen and get ready to install the finishing touches. Install the ceiling hooks so that there will be one in each corner. When the paint or stain has dried, you can finish this project up.

Use the robe hooks anywhere on which you want to hang a pot or pan. This part is completely customizable. Use the eye bolts on the top of the rack, underneath the ceiling hook. Finally, take the chain or rope of your choice and connect the eye bolts to the ceiling hooks.

Now, you’re ready to free up some storage and make your kitchen look great.

Other Ideas

While both of these options can help create the kitchen of your dreams, they are not the only kitchen hanging pot rack ideas out there. You can also upcycle a ladder, wagon wheel, or even a window frame to create a pot rack.

Be sure to check back for more ideas on things to build and other tips.

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