Suspended pot rack
The obvious on-view storage option is a pot rack suspended over an island or peninsula. Make sure the pot rack is mounted high enough that everyone’s head clears the cookware, but not so high up that you can’t reach everything.
For a more streamlined look, arrange your pots and pans in a line on the wall using a linear rack.
If you use your cookware daily, you may want to store it on a shelf right above the stove. If you opt to store cookware in the open and you cook often, you’ll want to have a vent hood that can pull grease out of the air and exhaust it to the outside, so that your pots and pans don’t end up covered in grease.
Normally I’d be opposed to hanging something in a window that obstructs the view out or light coming in, but there is something so charming about pots and pans hung in a kitchen window. For many this may be the only place to hang cookware, and it could help obscure a less-than-ideal view.
Try making your own pegboard pot rack. It’s a great DIY project, and you can customise the rack with the exact size, colour and hook configuration you desire.
Not sure you want pots and pans hanging prominently, but don’t necessarily want to store them away in a cabinet? Here’s a nice hybrid option – hang your cookware underneath the island.
This is another good option for those who want their cookware visible and handy. Again, dust and grease accumulation can be an issue if you don’t use the cookware often and if you don’t have adequate kitchen ventilation.
Deep drawers work well for storing cookware, but if you love to cook, be sure to have enough drawers so you can set your pots and pans in one layer, so they’ll be easier to see and pull out. A separate area for lids also will keep the drawer neat and easy to use.
Corner cabinets can be a great storage spot for cookware, especially if outfitted with a wire-rack lazy Susan. You can clearly see everything stored on both shelves, and then spin the rack to access whatever you need.
Here’s my own solution to storing cookware. My pots are stored in deep drawers in a base cabinet, and my pans are hung on a pegboard inside my pantry.
Now I’ll be the first to admit this isn’t very pretty, but I wanted to find a use for this small section of wall inside my pantry and realized it was the perfect spot for skillets and sauté pans.
It was an affordable DIY project using pegboard, some wood and paint. As you can tell from the wear on the outside of my pans, I cook a lot. I wanted them to be accessible without necessarily being on display. This solves the storage challenge nicely – they’re out of sight yet easy to get to, and they make use of an under-utilised wall in the pantry.
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