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Old Dutch Pot Racks
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In recent years, pot racks have become increasingly popular accessories for home kitchens. The appeal of racks comes not only from the convenience of having cookware collections better organized and within easy reach, but also from the way that hanging pots and pans preserves their finishes and extends their lives. Racks can also add to the appearance of a kitchen, thanks to the beautiful looks found in the collections of today's top manufacturers.

Since 1950, Old Dutch International has been a major name in the industry. The company is based in Saddlebrook, New Jersey, and offers a full line of kitchen furnishings, stemware and clocks. To help you learn more about the brand, we have created our Buyers' Guide to Old Dutch International Pot Racks. The guide covers answers to the questions that we receive most often about the Brandís collection.

What styles of racks does the brand make?

Old Dutch International makes standing, wall and hanging styles. Of the three styles produced by the brand, the hanging range is the largest, while the standing range has the fewest number of styles.


How do I know what style to purchase?

In some cases, the style may be determined by the size of your cookware collection or the available space in your kitchen. The standing style accommodates six pots and pans and requires a minimal amount of floor and wall space in a kitchen. For a wall style, you'll need at least 22 inches of wall space plus additional room for clearance, and hanging styles are best in rooms with no overhead decorative elements like lighting fixtures or textured ceilings.

Assembly and installation requirements may also help you to choose between the styles. Standing styles require only assembly and do not need to be installed. In a home with drywall walls and ceilings, both hanging and wall styles will be able to installed on your own. Plaster and masonry will require you to consult a professional contractor prior to installation. As a result, homeowners who have drywall on their walls or ceilings but another material on the other area often pick the style that they can use with drywall, whenever possible. Drop ceilings can also add an extra layer of difficulty to installing hanging styles because of the ceiling tiles.

If you are having a difficult time deciding between the standing, hanging and styles, you should also think about which style will allow you to place your new rack in the most convenient location in your kitchen. Home chefs who move around a lot while they cook often prefer the style that is the most centrally located, while those who work in one place often choose the style that is closest to their preferred working area.


What size rack is best for my home?

If you are opting for a wall or hanging style, finding the wall studs or ceiling joists in your home is the first step to determining what size will fit the best. With drywall walls or a drywall ceiling, you can locate the studs or joists with a stud finder. Then, use our Buyers' Guide to Wall Styles or our Buyers' Guide to Hanging Styles for step-by-step measuring instructions.

What is electroplating and how is it used in the brandís collection?

Electroplating is the process of adding a thin layer of one metal over another metal to change its appearance. The process is performed through the use of electrical current. A number of models feature electroplating, which has a number of benefits.

  • Electroplating allows you to enjoy the look of a highly-reactive metal like copper, but is less likely to tarnish than a rack made entirely out of a highly-reactive metal.

  • Electroplating creates a protective barrier over the inner metal core, making it more resistant to rusting.

  • Electroplated racks are typically less expensive than racks made from a solid precious metal like copper or brass.

  • Electroplated racks look beautiful when in place and are virtually indistinguishable from a piece made entirely from the plated metal.


What types of standing models are available?

The brand produces freestanding, tripod style models from metal. The standing models are available in four finishes:

  • Copper - an electroplated finish that has a reddish-orange color and a high amount of shine. Copper is the signature finish of Old Dutch International.

  • Graphite - a dark gray finish that has a brushed, or less shiny appearance.

  • Oil-rubbed bronze - brownish-gray finish with some variation over its surface to make it appear like antique bronze that has been treated with oil

  • Satin nickel - semi-reflective silver color that coordinates well with stainless steel appliances


What types of hanging styles are available?

The brand makes a wide selection of hanging models. The pieces in the collection vary from one another in three categories: materials, shapes and styles and finishes.

Materials

The brand produces some of its hanging models from iron, coated with powder to resemble a patina or intentional tarnish. The powder makes the iron a dark gray to black color that is matte rather than shiny. In addition to iron racks, the brand produces models from steel in a number of finishes.

Shapes and Styles

The brand produces rectangular hanging models from both iron and steel. The pieces all have grates either built-in or included, allowing you to hang pots and pans from the center of the rectangular frames as well as along the perimeter. Because of their corners, the rectangular hanging racks have the largest hanging surface area.

The next largest hanging style available from the brand is the oval, which like the rectangle, is made with both iron and steel. Round racks have the least surface area for hanging and are made from steel. Both the round and oval hanging styles have grids either built in or included.

For style options, the brand makes dome shapes, which have rounded tops. The brand also produces hanging styles with both round and straight classic frames and grid-only hanging styles that attach directly to their chains.

Finishes

The finishes available for the brandís hanging steel racks include:

  • Copper - an electroplated finish that has a reddish-orange color and a high amount of shine. Copper is the signature finish of Old Dutch International.

  • Graphite - a dark gray finish that has a brushed, or less shiny appearance.

  • Oil-rubbed bronze - brownish-gray finish with some variation over its surface to make it appear like antique bronze that has been treated with oil

  • Satin nickel - semi-reflective silver color that coordinates well with stainless steel appliances

  • Antique pewter - mostly non-reflective finish that is a medium gray color and meant to resemble antiques crafted from pewter

  • Antique bronze - mostly non-reflective finish that is a brown color and meant to resemble antiques crafted from bronze


Not every hanging steel rack from the brand comes in every finish. Read the product descriptions carefully to determine in what looks each model comes.

What types of wall styles does the brand produce?

Like the hanging racks, the wall styles from the brand vary based on their materials, shapes and styles and finishes. All of the finishes are also not available in every style and will be clearly highlighted in product descriptions.

Materials

The brandís wall styles are made from either powder coated iron or finished steel. The iron racks have a deep gray to black appearance.

Shapes and Styles

Wall pot racks from the brand are either dome styles with rounded tops and half-round bottoms or book case styles. The dome style features a grid that allows for storage on top of the rack; however, the height of objects that can be placed on the shelf is limited due to the hood over top the rack. The bookshelf style is available with both oval and rectangle shelves and is designed to accommodate taller items.

Finishes

The steel wall pot racks from the brand comes in the same four finishes found in the standing styles: copper, graphite, oil rubbed bronze and satin nickel.

How do I care for my new rack?

The care instructions for your piece will be included in its packaging; however, there are some basic tips that you can follow to keep your piece looking its best.

  • Never use a harsh, abrasive cleanser on your rack. Wash with a mild soap and water only.

  • Remove dust, smudges and fingerprints using a microfiber or other soft cloth.

  • Inspect your rack for signs of tarnishing on a regular basis.

  • Tarnishing on a copper electroplated rack can be removed with a copper cleaner.

  • Tarnishing on pot racks with other finishes will usually require the use of a mild jewelry cleaner. Consult the care instructions for more information.