Making use of kitchen pot racks can be a great way of generating space in a tight kitchen area or displaying a nice set of copper pans. The main challenge that faces you is finding enough to space to install them, given that you will put a fair amount of weight on the rack. The quality and material of your walls or ceiling will dictate the overall size of rack that you can choose.
One of your two options for visible pot racks is to go for wall installation. The main advantage of this is that it is relatively easy to install and if you manage to get one that matches the width of the studs in your internal walls, you will be able to hang a large number of pots from the rack. If you have enough wall space, you will also be able to spread out your pots and pans so that they are organized by use and frequency of use rather than just by aesthetic properties.
The main drawback of wall mounted kitchen pot racks is that you will need a large amount of spare wall space even if you only have a few pans. This may not be difficult if you have a large kitchen, but if it’s an open plan design or a smaller kitchen in an apartment, you may find cabinets and the fridge take up all the empty wall space.
Most of the time, people choose wall mounted kitchen pot racks for convenience, which means that they are often cheaper. You can get away with a simple wire or plastic model that will have hooks on which you can hang the pots. Wood is another popular material for mounted racks and is especially popular for those who have wooden struts or weak internal walls.
The other option for kitchen pot racks is to hang them from a ceiling mount. This can add an incredible amount of value to your house as it lends a certain elegance to your room. The main reason to choose a ceiling mount is that you can dangle the pots down by the handle, meaning that you can hang more in a smaller amount of space. It makes them much more accessible, especially if you can fix the mount to hang over your main cooking space.
Sometimes less is more with pots hung on ceiling racks as you don’t want to be in a situation where you hit your head on the pans or when you can’t find the right one because you have too many.
In terms of materials, many people choose the ceiling mount to make the room look better. This means that they tend to cost a little extra, as you will be looking at materials such as stainless steel, porcelain coated metal or even treated oak.
The number and weight of the pans that you want to hang should determine the materials you choose. For example, if it is a large number, your ceiling will not be able to take the additional weight of wood so you might need to look at lightweight metal option.
The weight of your pans should play an important role in your decision making when you are looking at kitchen pot racks regardless of which mounting option you choose. One way to gauge this is to use your kitchen scales to measure each one that you would like to have at hand or on display.
You can then take your total weight to the home improvement store that will able to advise you on the best size and material that will match the weight and number of pans that you have.
One of the major disadvantages of a ceiling rack is aesthetics. Unless you have a set of matching pans, while having your day-to-day pots dangling down may be useful, they may spoil the look of the kitchen.