A pan stand is a handy kitchen storage solution that keeps pots and pans from looking cluttered. Pans that are too large for a standard cupboard can be placed out of the way, and a hanging pot stand can even become a decorative centrepiece for the kitchen. Enamelled cast iron pan stands are among the most durable and stylish designs available in a wide range of colours. Pot stands are also made in numerous styles and beautiful materials such as copper, brass, nickel, and steel.
What type of pan stand should I buy?
Pan stands are typically designed in the following styles: a hanging pot rack, standing pot stand or a wall-mounted pan rack. The type that you choose will depend on several factors, including how many pots and pans you plan on hanging from your rack. A free standing pan stand is best tucked out of the way in a corner of the kitchen where it's easy to access but won't get in the way. Most hanging pot racks are installed over kitchen islands, sinks, or worktops, and wall pot rack is a great way to fill any free wall space you have in the kitchen. A hanging pot rack typically offers more room than a wall pot rack, but for the former style it's very important to consider the weight of your pans and whether you ceiling joists will support them. If a fitted (wall or ceiling) style is your preference, it's essential that the pot rack can hold the correct amount of weight and that you have the tools and means to install it correctly. If you use the wrong screws or put it in drywall...it does't bear thinking about!
How high should my ceiling pot rack be?
If you've decided on a ceiling pot rack, the height of the ceiling and your own height is an important consideration. You should be able to comfortably reach your pots and take down the items that you need. Remember that you don't necessarily need to be able to reach the actual hooks of the pot rack — you just need to be able to take pans off and put them back on easily.
Looking for a pan rack to help get your pots and pans out of the way? Find different styles, shapes and sizes here, along with information on where to buy them.