How to Build a DIY Hanging Pot Rack
Eliminate cabinet clutter—and wasted time spent rummaging around for a pan—with a DIY hanging pot rack.
Suspended by chains from the ceiling, this pot rack holds pots, pans, ladles, spatulas, and any kitchenware that can be hung from hooks. If you'd love to have a simple kitchen-organizing project that you can complete in one straight build, this is it.
DIY Pot Rack Design and Layout
At 4 feet long and about 2 feet wide, this pot rack uses 8-foot dimensional lumber. Choose your version, based on your kitchen and your preferences: clean and simple or heavier and more rustic.
You can use one-by-four boards for a thinner, airier appearance that emphasizes the kitchenware over the rack. It's a clean, spare look. The boards can be painted to match the kitchen or painted with chalk paint or milk paint.
Another version uses two-by-fours that are distressed and stained for a chunkier, heavier rustic look similar to reclaimed wood.
This pot rack should be attached to the ceiling only at ceiling joists. Do not attach the pot rack to the ceiling drywall. This may result in the pot rack falling and causing injury and damage.
Fully loaded, this pot rack can weigh upwards of 60 pounds, depending on the weight of the pots and pans. Look at the Safe Working Load (SWL) in the chain's published specifications and make sure that it exceeds the expected combined weight.
What You'll Need
Equipment / Tools
- Cordless drill
- Drill bits and drivers
- Drill bit countersink
- Electric miter saw
- Electric sander
- Tape measure
- Stud finder
- 2 one-by-fours or two-by-fours
- 2-inch wood screws
- 4 2-1/4-inch steel screw eye bolts
- 4 2-1/4-inch steel ceiling hooks or plant hooks
- Wood plugs
- Robe hooks
- Desired finish (paint, stain, coating)
- Wood glue
Cut the Wood
When using one-by-four boards to build the pot rack, use the electric miter saw to cut:
- (2) 48-inch pieces
- (2) 24-inch pieces
- (2) 22-1/2-inch pieces
Dry the Layout
Assemble the pot rack by laying the pieces together: two long pieces parallel, two 24-inch pieces at the ends, and two 22-1/2-inch pieces between the long pieces.
Attach the Perimeter Pieces
Screw the boards together by drilling two pilot holes through the ends of the 24-inch boards and into the ends of the 48-inch boards. Then follow up a 2-inch wood screw in each hole.
Build the Inner Framework
Add the two 22-1/2-inch pieces in the middle. Space them 16 inches. Screw them into place from the side with 2-inch wood screws through the 48-inch board and into the ends of each of the perpendicular boards. Use two screws per inner board.
Add the Wood Plugs
Fit wood plugs into the countersink holes with wood glue.
Sand the Rack
Use the electric sander with course-grit sandpaper to sand down the wood plugs flush with the level of the rest of the wood. Then, use #220 grit paper to sand the rest of the rack smooth.
Finish the Wood
Paint or stain the wood and allow to cure.
Add Robe Hooks
Determine where you will want the hooks. Screw robe hooks onto the boards.
After creating pilot holes, add four eyebolts to the top of the pot rack at or near each of the frame's corners. Position the tops of the eyebolts so that they are parallel with the long sides of the pot rack.
Find the Ceiling Joists
With the stud finder, locate two joists 48 inches apart. Joists should be 16 inches apart, so if your ceiling joists run perpendicular to your pot rack, you will find two joists this distance apart with two intervening joists that will not be used.
Add Ceiling Hooks
Drive two pilot holes 16, 24, or 32 inches apart from each other into the ceiling joists, depending on which direction your ceiling joists run. Repeat on the other side of the rack's location 48 inches away. Screw the ceiling hooks in place, first by hand and then finishing with pliers until tight.
Hang the Pot Rack From Ceiling
Loop one section of chain through two of the eye bolts. Repeat on the other side. Attach the chains to the ceiling hooks.
Rustic DIY Pot Rack Using Two-by-Four Boards
Make a few adjustments for a pot rack with heavier dimensions and an older look.
- (2) 48-inch pieces
- (2) 24-inch pieces
- (2) 21-inch pieces
Because the boards are thicker than one-by-fours, use 2-1/2-inch long screws to assemble the framework.
Lightly distress the wood to make it look aged:
- Hit the wood gently with chain (you can even use the chain you purchased to hang it)
- Pockmark with a nail
- Rub with a wire brush
- Scrape with a wood chisel
- Round off edges and corners with rough sandpaper
Instead of painting, stain the wood and leave it uncoated. Or try shou sugi ban (yakisugi), an ancient method of preserving wood with an open flame.