Simple Pot Rack
You will either use mild steel and paint it, as I have here, or (and I
wish I thought of it) you can have it made out of stainless steel for
very little more money.
- three pieces, 9" (for me, you may chose differently, see below) long 1/8" x 2" strap steel (AKA hot rolled steel bar stock)
- one piece, 6' long (for me, you may chose differently) long 1/8" by 2" strap steel
- 3 1/4" lag screws (which bolt the pot rack into the joists above the ceiling sheet rock)
- Various pot hooks
See the section below on Height and Siting. This rack is bolted
to the ceiling with 3 lag screws and is oriented to run its length in
the same direction as the joists of the ceiling. Here the joists
run left to right above the sheet rock, and the center leg is bolted
into one joist, and the two end legs are bolted into the joist next to
that. You should measure how far apart the joists are where you
want to attach the rack to the ceiling. Since the rack will flex some
(think of a wing flapping), the bends made in long piece don't have to
be precise, since the legs will "flap" to allow some adjustment if you
didn't get it exactly right.
....is exceedingly simple. The three short pieces are the legs
that go up to the ceiling. At the ceiling, they are bent at a
right angle for a 2"x2" foot or pad that gets bolted up against the
ceiling. It comes down to the horizontal long piece. I had
a machine shop knock this out for me: they bent the pieces and welded
the joins of the leg to the horizontal long piece, the whole thing
taking them an hour or so. It would be fancier in stainless steel
An end and center leg look like this in close up:
The bar stock will cost about $10 for mild steel, more for stainless
steel. Machine shop time maybe $50-100. A dollar for the
....come verious lengths and
prices....I've acquired them over time, and as you can see, they are of
different types, some just bent from handy wire, others plant hangers
and some designed and sold specifically for pot rack hangers.
Google "pot rack hooks". The ideal shape is like this
, not like this
You want a full curve that comes back up, like the hook on the left
hand of the right-hand picture above...that sort of hook can take more
than one pot. When you're jostling pots on and off hooks, pots
can ride up and fall off a hook that points forward like this
You can get more pots on the rack and have an easier time with them if
at least some of the hooks are of different length. Plant hanging hooks
are good for this, as they come in different lengths at you local garden supply or elsewhere.
Siting and height:
You want the rack height set so that you can easily hook pots on the
hooks. In my case, the leg pieces were 9" overall, with a 2"
square foot (for bolting against the ceiling) that left 7" sticking
down. This worked pretty well for someone 5' 6" and above.
You will notice that some pots hang down further than others. Also, you
need to have to place the rack somewhere where your head won't bash
into the pots. Mine is over the kitchen table.
Disclaimer: If your rack is put together in a workmanlike fashion, it should be reasonably strong and hold a lot of pots safely. However, I make no guarantees for your work and what you end up with.