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Pot Rack Buying and Hanging FAQs
1. Which pot rack is right for my kitchen?
2. Should I get a Hanging Pot Rack or a Wall Mount Pot Rack?
3. Will my hanging pot rack fit in my kitchen space? Will I be able to reach my pots?
4. How do I properly install my Hanging Pot Rack?
5. Will my Wall Mounted Pot Rack fit into my space?
6. How do I properly install my Wall Mounted Pot Rack?
7. Do I need pot hooks for my pot rack? Which ones should I get?
8. Do I need chain or hanging links for my pot rack?
9. How do I know where my ceiling joists/wall studs are?
10. How do I clean my pot rack?
11. Will my pot rack require assembly?
12. My pot rack did not come with installation/assembly instructions. What do I do?
Our pot racks come in many different shapes, sizes, styles, and finishes. With so many choices, you are certain to find the perfect pot rack for your space! Generally, wall pot racks work well in kitchens with wall space to spare. Hanging pot racks are ideal when placed over counters or kitchen islands. When hung over a kitchen island, regular hanging pot racks can sometimes cast a shadow, depending on the lighting in your kitchen. In that case, you may want to purchase a lighted pot rack, which will allow you to store your cookware while illuminating your workspace. Wherever you choose to place your pot rack, make sure it is in a place where you can easily access your cookware.
The choice of shape and finish depends mainly on your stylistic preferences and kitchen decor. We carry rectangle pot racks, oval pot racks, round pot racks, square pot racks, and bar pot racks. They come in many different finishes, including hammered steel, stainless steel, copper, chrome, brass, wrought iron, and wood. Use the links in the navigation bar to the left to shop for pot racks by shape, by style, or by finish. You can also shop by price or by brand.
The type of pot rack you purchase depends not only on your stylistic preferences, but on where space is available in your kitchen. Many of our customers purchase pot racks because they do not have enough cabinet space to accommodate all of their pots, pans, and utensils. Pot racks allow you to utilize otherwise empty wall or ceiling space. If you prefer to have your items at arm’s reach, or if all of your walls are taken up by cabinets, you should consider a hanging pot rack, which can be mounted over stoves or kitchen islands for easier access to your pots and pans. If you have unused wall space, often over your sink or counter tops, you may want to get a wall mounted pot rack – bookshelf pot racks are particularly helpful, because they are designed with extra space for recipe books – to help extend your storage.
To answer these questions, you need to know the following measurements:
- the height of your ceiling
- the reaching height of the person using the rack
- the height of the pot rack
- the length of your longest pots and pans
To determine your "reaching height," reach your arm into the air as if you were reaching for the bottom of a pot or pan. Remember, you do not need to be able to reach the hooks on the bottom of your pot rack. You only need to be able to reach the bottom of the pots and pans to lift them off the hook. Now determine what the height of your out-stretched arm is. This is your "reaching height". Typically, this would add 6-10 inches to your height, depending on the length of your arms. Now, subtract your reaching height from your ceiling height. This is the space where your pot rack and pots and pans will need to fit.
To determine whether your pot rack will fit, first find out the height of the pot rack you like. The height we list in our product descriptions generally refers to the distance from the ceiling to the bottom of the pot rack or, in some cases, the bottom of the pot hooks. Now, consider that the length of pots and pans varies from about 10” for a small pot to 21” for a large skillet. Of course, this is an approximation. Your pots may be larger. If you want to get very accurate measurements, add together the length of your pots to the height of the pot rack. This will give you the total distance from your ceiling to the bottom of your hanging pots. Then subtract that distance from your ceiling height to see if your pots will hang above or below your reaching height.
Most pot racks are designed to fit an 8 ft or 9 ft ceiling, so cooks of average height can easily access their pots. If your ceiling is much taller (or if you are much shorter), you may need to use chains or extension hooks to get your pot rack to the right height.
Keep in mind that pot racks hung over kitchen islands require 6” of rack clearance on all sides. You will need to reach up and in to access your pots. Also, even when your pot rack is not hung over an island, you may find that you have to stretch a bit to reach your smallest pots.
Here are some other things to consider when measuring for your Hanging Pot Rack:
- If you are interested in a wall pot rack, or if you plan to place your ceiling pot rack near your cabinetry, make sure there is enough clearance that your cabinet doors do not bang into your pots.
- Stoves can splatter food or grease, so if you are hanging your pot rack over a stove, consider not only how that might affect your hanging distance, but how that might affect the finish on your pots.
- Make sure your ceiling joists run in the direction that you want before you hang your pot rack!
It is very important that you install your pot rack securely! Our pot racks can hold a great deal of weight, but must be attached securely to your ceiling joists. Each pot rack will come with its own set of hanging instructions. Follow these instructions carefully to make certain your pot rack is securely and properly installed.
Generally speaking, hanging pot racks need to be fixed firmly to ceiling joists with ceiling screws. Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your ceiling. Some of our pot racks come with ceiling screws; some do not. If your pot rack does not come with ceiling screws, they are easy to find at your local hardware store.
Mounting your hanging pot rack is simple if your ceiling joists run parallel with your rack. However, if your pot rack runs perpendicular to your ceiling joists, you may need to use a ceiling plate. A ceiling plate has two eye bolts which attach to a plate in which holes are drilled at the same distance apart as your joists. The ceiling plate mounts into the ceiling, and the rack hangs from the plate.
To ensure that your wall mounted pot rack will fit in the space that you’ve chosen, thoroughly measure the space and make sure you know where the wall studs are in your walls. As with finding your ceiling studs, you can use a stud finder to find the distance between your wall studs. This is very important because your pot rack cannot hold the weight of your pots and pans unless it is mounted properly into the studs. Once you’ve determined the exact size that you need, you can use our detailed product descriptions to find the perfect size and style of wall mounted pot rack.
As with Hanging Pot Racks, we advise that you follow the instructions that come with your pot rack. First, use a stud finder to find your wall studs. Then your pot rack will need to be firmly fixed into wall studs with lag bolts. Unless you are purchasing an Enclume pot rack, which comes with lag bolts, you will need to purchase lag bolts from your local hardware store.
For special mounting needs, such as attaching pot racks to masonry or metal ceilings or walls, we recommend that you consult a professional in your area.
Most of the pot racks we sell will come with a starter-set of pot hooks, as well as ceiling screws and either chain or hanging links, so you will not need to purchase any accessories. However, you will need to review our detailed product descriptions for exact information on the number of pot hooks, if any, that come with your pot rack.
If your pot rack does not come with pot hooks, or you need more pot hooks than are provided, use the convenient drop-down menu available with many of our racks to order more sets of matching pot hooks. When ordering from the main product page, all pot hooks are finished to match the pot rack you are purchasing.
If you find after you receive your pot rack that you need more pot hooks, we have a convenient Accessories page where you can purchase all the extras for your rack! We sell pot hooks for many of our manufacturers, and we recommend purchasing hooks from the same manufacturer, since hooks are generally made for a particular type of pot rack.
As with pot hooks, most of our pot racks will come with everything you need to hang and immediately begin using your pot rack. However, we recommend that you read our detailed product descriptions for further information on chain or hanging link length, etc. If you find that you need to purchase more chains, hanging links, hanger rods, or ceiling hooks, our trusty Accessories page has it all!
To locate your ceiling joists or wall studs, we recommend using a stud finder to get exact measurements. However, you can anticipate where they will be located if you know what your walls or ceilings are made from:
- Drywall ceilings generally have wood joists, spaced 16" apart (often referred to as "16 inch centers"), although older ceilings can have different spacing. Find the center of the joist, drill a pilot hole of the recommended size for the screw hooks/ceiling hooks, and screw the hook until the threads no longer show. If your joists are metal, you will need toggle bolts for support. Never install your pot rack into just drywall!
- Plaster ceilings have thin wooden strips (few have metal) behind the plaster, but these strips may not be strong enough to support a lot of weight. Big wooden joists hold these strips in place, and will hold the weight of your rack. You may want to consult a contractor or professional installer to locate the thicker ceiling joists in this case. To install your pot rack into a plaster ceiling, find the thicker ceiling joists’ center, then pilot, screw, and hang as above.
- Cement ceilings require a masonry drill bit, and molly bolts made for cement, solid or block. You can talk to the professionals at your local hardware store to find these types of bolts. The pilot holes must be exact and the cement must be an appropriate thickness for the molly bolts to handle a heavy load!
- Drop ceilings do not provide adequate support, so attach your support hook to the ceiling above the tiles. Use adequately sized chain or bolts to extend the hook or ring below the drop ceiling, where you can then attach the rack.
- Walls are usually made of wood, drywall, plaster, cement or brick. Follow the same directions as above for similar construction materials. Brick requires using a masonry drill bit, anchors and a hook, ring or regular head screws or bolts (depending on the weight of the load and the condition of the brick).
Many of our pot racks are finished with a clear protective coat, made from durable stainless steel, or finished with a long-lasting paint finish, to last for years. However, your pot rack may collect dust or a little rust or tarnish. Pot racks are easy to clean with a mild cleaner or detergent.
Keep a few things in mind if you need to clean your pot rack:
- Dust your pot rack frequently to help prevent build-up of dust and dirt.
- If you have a stainless steel pot rack, the properties of stainless steel should prevent rusting. However, with very frequent, heavy use, or harsh cleaners, sometimes stainless steel can rust. You can use a simple rust remover to scrub the rust off. Do not use harsh cleaners on stainless steel, as it will break the protective oxygen barrier and cause the steel to rust!
- If your pot rack has a real copper finish, it may tarnish. Many of our copper pot racks have a protective lacquer to prevent tarnishing, or have an electroplated finish which should last much longer than a thinner copper finish. In the event of tarnishing, a simple, mild copper cleaner will work wonders.
- If your pot rack has another type of metal finish, particularly a shiny metal such as brass, a standard jewelry cleaner can remove any tarnishing.
- For pot racks with a painted finish, a mild soap, detergent, or other standard cleaner should do the trick. Do not use harsh cleaners, as they can remove the paint.
You will, of course, need to put chains/hanging links/hanger rods and pot hooks on the pot rack yourself. If your pot rack has a grid, the grid will need to be put into place, and the pot rack will come with assembly instructions.
Shipping a pot rack knocked down allows us to package your item more thoroughly to help prevent damage in shipment. All knocked-down pot racks should come with assembly instructions, as well as installation instructions. If some of your instructions are missing, please contact us – we will gladly send them to you ASAP!
All of our items should come with all the instructions you need to put it together and install it safely. If you are missing instructions of any sort, please contact us – we are glad to send them to you!
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