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    The symmetrical shape of a round pot rack is pleasing to the eye and instantly adds to the decor of any home kitchen. In a wall style, a circular rack provides a decorative touch that helps dress up an empty space of wall. Hanging styles of circular racks are incredibly attractive and can look more like chandeliers than storage pieces.

    If you know that a circular rack is the perfect shape for your home, you'll find a wide variety of styles to choose from among the collections from today's top manufacturers. Circular racks continue to grow in popularity year after year and designers respond accordingly by releasing new looks in their lineups.

    To help you identify the one perfect model for your home from among the numerous choices that you'll have as you begin to shop, we have put together this Buyers' Guide to Round Pot Racks. Developed based on questions that we often receive from shoppers just like you, the guide covers all of the major differences between circular rack models. Start by reading the entire guide and then bookmark it to return to quickly as you shop, and you'll find picking the perfect rack a much simpler task.

    Should I choose a hanging or a wall mounted style?

    The quickest way to eliminate a large number of styles from consideration (and focus in on those best for your home) is to decide between a hanging or a wall style. You’ll find a larger selection of round models among hanging styles, but some designers also make circular racks with flat backs that are geared toward wall mounting.

    The layout of your kitchen may already determine which style is best for you. For example, you may not have any free wall space for a wall-mounted rack or you may have a decorative bulkhead or ceiling that would not be suited to the addition of a hanging style.

    Before installing a model in a plaster or masonry ceiling or wall, you'll need the advice of a contractor as these materials require expert knowledge to locate the studs and joists necessary for sturdy anchoring or to select the right drill bits to make holes in the stone. Homeowners that want to perform installation entirely on their own typically opt for the style that will be the least labor intensive. For example, in a kitchen with drywall walls and a plaster ceiling, do-it-yourself-ers might opt for a wall style that they can install on their own.

    If both styles will work in your space, examine the ways that you move through your kitchen when you work. Home chefs who like to work primarily in one place will want to select whichever style will be the closest to their preferred working area. Those who are constantly on the go while cooking and prefer to set up workstations throughout the kitchen will want to select the style that is most centrally located.

    What size circular rack should I buy?

    Once you have decided upon the overall style for your rack, determining the ideal size is the next important step. Not only will this ensure that your rack fits perfectly and does not create a hazard in your kitchen, it will also eliminate a number of unsuitable models from your consideration.

    Before you measure for either a wall or ceiling style, you'll need to find the spot where you will anchor your piece. In the wall, the studs provide the necessary strength and stability for installation, while the ceiling joists are the ideal spot for anchoring a hanging style.

    With drywall walls and ceilings, a stud finder will help you quickly locate the studs and joists. This handy tool is available from online retailers as well as from brick and mortar hardware stores, discount stores and home improvement stores. To use a stud finder, you'll switch the unit on and then run it from right to left across the wall or ceiling. The stud finder has a digital display and a light indicator that will alert you when you have passed it over a stud. We recommend that you use a pencil to place a small dot over the stud for use when measuring.

    After locating the studs and joists, you're ready to begin measuring your space. The techniques for measuring differ greatly between wall and hanging rack styles. Visit our Buyers' Guide to Hanging Styles or our Buyers' Guide to Wall Styles for step-by-step measuring instructions.

    What does the term materials mean?

    In every product description, you'll see the word 'materials' used among the specifications. The materials found in a rack are the items used to form the frame of the piece. The majority of round styles will have metal as their material and often this metal is steel, which is a relatively inexpensive, yet durable metal. Another material that is used for some round styles is wood, such as maple or cherry. Wood racks usually have metal hooks and grates rather than being crafted entirely from hardwood.

    What does the term finish mean?

    Along with the materials, product descriptions for circular racks will list the available finishes of the piece. Some people find the term finish confusing because in some cases, the finish is identical to the materials. An example of this would be a hammered steel rack that is covered with just a protective coating. In other cases, however, the finish may refer to a color of paint or a special treatment applied to the base metal.

    What is electroplating?

    Electroplating is a technique used in a wide variety of round pot rack styles to change the look of the base materials. To electroplate a frame, manufacturers use powerful electrical current to melt a metal and apply it in a thin layer over the base material. The benefit of electroplating is that it allows you to purchase a rack that has the look of a metal like copper or brass, but is less susceptible to tarnishing than a piece crafted entirely from the metal. Electroplating also helps the stainless steel frame resist rusting.

    What is the difference between a hammered steel and a stainless steel circular rack?

    The most obvious answer is the color of the metals. Hammered steel has an almost matte, dark gray to black color that is very rich and bold. Stainless steel has a bright, sleek silver look that typically reflects some amount of light. The hammered look is produced by taking carbon steel and exposing it to a series of treatments to distress it and produce a desirable tarnish known as a patina. When the hammered steel is finished, manufacturers usually protect it with a coating to seal the patina. Stainless steel differs from carbon steel in that it has additional metals called alloys added to it. Austenitic steel is most commonly used and contains 12 percent chromium combined with either manganese or nickel.

    What other finishes are available for my new rack?

    In addition to hammered and stainless steel, you'll find some additional finish choices among today's collections. Copper is a popular finish thanks to its bronze-like color, which adds a warm glow to kitchen spaces. You can also opt for the brilliant, shiny silver look of chrome or the deep black look of wrought iron. Some manufacturers also offer racks with painted finishes in colors like blue, green and red.

    Will my rack rust or tarnish?

    It's never possible to predict whether or not a particular rack will rust or tarnish. Generally, electroplated racks and those with protective coatings will resist both rusting and tarnishing. Stainless steel racks exposed to heavy use or abrasive cleaners and racks crafted from solid brass or copper do have the potential to tarnish or rust. If you develop rust on a stainless steel rack, use a rust remover to lift away the staining. For tarnished copper, copper cleaners are usually effective for removing the discoloration, while other metal finishes can be cleaned with a mild jewelry cleaner.

    How do I keep my rack clean?

    Your rack will come with care instructions that detail the best way to clean the piece and preserve its finish. In general, stay away from harsh, abrasive cleaners for all types of racks. To remove dust, a dry cloth is safe for all materials, and in most cases, a mild dish soap and water can be used.

    Is there anything I can do about the shadow that can be caused by a hanging round style?

    Yes, if you are troubled by shadows caused by hanging styles, you can opt for a lighted style. Produced by manufacturers such as Hi-Lite, these pot racks have built-in work lights, candelabra lights or a combination of the two. Not only do lighted round pot racks add illumination to your working surface and the rest of the room, they can also enhance the beauty of the rack.