Industrial Pot Rack

Jennifer —  March 14, 2011

I love pot racks. I love them because I live in a small space.  Pot racks look cool but more importantly they get your pots and pans out of that limited cabinet space and off the countertop.    There are lots of unique ideas for pot racks.  Apartment therapy's kitchen blog has great ideas here. (The blog is )  My pot rack inspiration comes from the Martha Stewart one mentioned.  She uses galvanized pipe with a vintage towel rack.  I am sure you could the vintage towel rack on eBay but in our East Nashville Rehab we did not have time for that.  The maintenance man at the camp I work for rigged something like this up for a heavy curtain we wanted to hang for our camp play.  I remember seeing it and thinking…that could be a cook towel rod…or pot rack.

One thing that I have found is that store bought pot racks are expensive.  You would think the simple bar would not be expensive, but here are some that I found.

  • Williams and Sonoma: $125-$165
  • Pottery Barn: $129 (its actually a bathroom shelf but I think you could use it.  If you choose to buy it…check how much weight it can hold)
  • – $69.00 –  A little better.  This could be worth the splurge if you can or want to.
  • – 49.00 – Much Better and I think this is a good buy.  Especially if you don't like the industrial look of the pipes.  Here is another one for a 24.00.  That is a much better price. It only comes with a few hooks though.  We needed more.

I was thinking a towel rack at first but I was afraid that they would not be sturdy enough to hold 6-7 pots.  The Brother and Sis-in-law liked the industrial look so we went for it.  Here is what you need to make it happen

  • Galvanized pipe the size of your choice.  There are all sorts of lengths but there is one that is 30″ – the size of a range!  Perfect.  A 30″ one was $6.99
  • Two corner screw in things.  (Of course that is not what it's called)  Here is what they look like. These were about $1.50 a piece. Total:  $3.00
  • Two Galvanized Floor Flanges.  (That is the official name…thank you very much) (these should be $2 a piece) Total: $4

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  • S hooks – the # of pots you want to hang.  We could not find any S hooks big enough.  I googled it and found this blog where someone had made their own….no thank you.  Mad skills to that person though.  I linked it just incase you want to try.  I have a pot rack and I got the s hooks from Ikea but the rails on my pot rack are smaller.  I saw steel rings next to the S hooks and thought…hmmmm.. that could work.  So we bought the steel rings. (If you are afraid that the rings would come off get the more pliable S hooks and close one side.  Ours worked just fine.    The S and rings hooks were  .97 cents a piece.  We bought 6.  Total:  $11.64

Instructions: (this is really simple…you could probably figure this out on your own)

  • Wipe down the pipe.  (mine was sticky)
  • Put the rings on
  • Attach the corner pieces so that they are secure and facing the same direction
  • Attach the floor flanges.
  • Hang on the wall.

When I asked the Lowes worker how much this would hold he said, and I quote, “A truck”.  I think he was exaggerating but it confirmed that it could hold a lot of pots!  Total cost of the project:  $25.63.  So you could get the amazon one for two dollars cheaper but on this project we wanted something quick and something a little out of the ordinary.

Here is another look at the finished results (so you don't have to scroll up)

Here is my pot rack.

ITs from Ikea…shocker.  I couldn't find on my size online.  Here is a pic of the style.  Mine was $19.00

Hope this helps ya along the way!

Thanks for reading,


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3 responses to Industrial Pot Rack

  1. This is a very good and practical ideal for the novice designer. I have a very, very small kitchen that would not accommodate the smallest of pot racks. I’ve been dealing with pot racks in a more constructive and lucrative way, and I find that this plan is something that I can try to incorporate in my next kitchen design. Thanks!