Wall pot racks are lifesavers for kitchen cupboards that are full all the way to the doors. Increasing your storage space through the addition of a wall mount rack makes it simpler to quickly find your cookware as you work, saving you an incredible amount of time and sparing you frustrations as you prepare your meals. Hanging pots and pans on wall styles also extends the life of your cookware, as stacking pieces and packing them tightly into cupboards can scratch their surfaces from friction and loosen their handles from accidental bumps.
Unlike decades ago when surface-mounted racks were designed solely for utility in a modest number of styles, today's manufacturers have responded to the surge in use of racks by introducing countless models to the market. No matter what the decor of your kitchen and your personal tastes, there is definitely a perfect look to suit you, thanks to the diverse array of available styles; however, finding that ideal style can be more of a tricky task.
We created our Buyers' Guide to Wall Pot Racks to simplify the shopping process. Our step-by-step guide allows you to carefully consider what styles are the best for your space and focus only on those styles. By quickly eliminating racks that are too big, too small or otherwise ill suited to your kitchen, decision-making will become a cinch. Choosing The Styles
As you first embark on your mission to find the perfect piece, you may be unsure whether a wall or a hanging style is best for you. For a wall style to work in your kitchen, you must have free wall space available, whether on a bare wall or above a counter top, sink or appliance. Provided you have the adequate space, there are some situations in which styles are ideal. To explore your needs, ask yourself the following questions:
Choosing Your Location
- From what type of material is your ceiling made?
Although you can use a hanging style with any type of ceiling, some building materials make the process more difficult. If you have a plaster, cement or other type of masonry ceiling, you will likely need to enlist the help of a professional or at least obtain professional advice before installing a hanging style, which may make it less expensive to opt for a wall style. In addition, drop ceilings will require you to remove the ceiling tiles to secure a hanging style. Some people view this as a hassle and prefer the simple installation of wall styles instead.
- Do you have a decorative bulkhead with a plate rail in your kitchen? Do you have ornate ceiling lighting fixtures or a specialized design in your drywall ceiling?
Some people find that hanging styles detract from the look of stylistic elements in the kitchen, such as bulkheads and lighting fixtures. If you have specialized ceilings, a hanging style will make them more difficult to see. In such instances, wall mount racks add utility without sacrificing the existing style of your kitchen.
- What is the location of your cooktop or range? Do you have any additional cooking areas in your kitchen, such as an island grill?
While you can place a hanging rack over a range or other area used for cooking, splatters from food can be problematic for low-hanging pots and pans. Some homeowners decide to opt for wall mounted styles if it is impossible to avoid hanging a rack over cooking surfaces.
After weighing your options and determining that a wall mount rack is ideal for you, you'll need to consider the space where your new rack will go before you even begin shopping.
Wall pot racks are placed under a great amount of strain from heavy cookware, so a secure installation is absolutely vital. The only way to securely install a rack into your wall is into the studs located behind your drywall. The studs are the vertical wood beams that are located behind your walls. Prior to the start of your shopping, you'll need to find the studs in the destination for your rack to determine what dimensions will suit the space.
To locate the studs, you'll need a stud finder, a common tool available in hardware and home supply stores. The finder has a digital display screen that makes it convenient to use. While every model functions a little differently, there are some steps common to all stud finders on the market today.
Taking Stock of Your Cookware
- Remove everything from the wall, including artwork and decorative items.
- Turn on the stud finder and wait for it to be ready for use. Most stud finders will use a light indicator or a beeping sound to notify you of when you can begin.
- Place the stud finder against the wall. It must be completely flat to work properly.
- Press and hold the button to activate the finder. Typically, this will say "locate" or a similar term and be clearly marked.
- Continue to hold down the stud finder and move it slowly from left to right.
- Pay attention to the colored lights reflecting on your wall. Once they turn red, you are above the stud. The digital screen will also provide a message, and there may be a sound or other indicator that accompanies it.
- Use a pencil to mark the spot with a tiny dot.
- Proceed across the entire space that you have available for your rack and mark all of the studs.
- Once you've finished and switched of the stud finder, use a tape measure to determine the distances between each stud as well as the overall distance from the left-most stud to the right-most stud. You will need to keep these dimensions handy as you shop.
To ensure that you purchase the perfect model, you'll need to carefully consider your cookware.
- Start by opening up your cupboards and determining what items you want to store on the rack. You'll need to know precisely how many items need relocating to provide you with the space you need inside of your cabinetry.
- Remove the pots and pans that you would want to hang. Make a quick list of the items on a scratch sheet of paper.
- Line the pots and pans up according to size and identify the largest one.
- Take the largest piece of cookware and hold it vertically. Measure the length of the pot or pan and record the figure beside the item on your scratch paper.
As you browse the available selections of wall mount racks, you'll need to carefully study the dimensions. Length
The most important dimensional consideration will be the length as you'll need to ensure that each end of the rack will be situated over the studs. Typically, the lengths will be provided in a separate section in the product description along with the other dimensions. The length is the first number provided and sometimes is labeled "L."Width
The width of wall racks is generally less important than the length. Most racks will not extend beyond the width of your cabinetry or counter tops, but if you are looking at very large styles, you may want to go to the destination of your rack and see how far out the rack will sit to prevent any hazards and blocked walkways in your kitchen. The widths of models will be given second and marked with a "W."Height
The height of your rack will be important if you are placing it above a counter top or other surface. In this instance, complete the following steps prior to shopping for your rack:
- Visit the space where you want to place the rack and make a tiny dot on the wall in pencil at approximately eye level. This is generally the lowest that you would want a pot or pan to hang, unless you are extremely tall or short.
- With a tape measure, determine the height from that spot to the ceiling. Use a ladder or stool and enlist help as needed to do so safely. Alternately, you can measure the distance from that spot to your counter tops, add the height of your counter tops to that figure and then subtract that number from the height of your ceiling.
- Subtract the length of the longest pot or pan from the distance obtained in step two.
- Subtract another six inches from the value obtained in step three to leave room from the ceiling to the top of the frame. The resulting figure is the absolute tallest height of a rack that you can purchase for your space.
The height of wall pot racks is always the third number given in the dimensions and is typically marked with an "H." If you plan to use two racks positioned one above the other, you should also keep the height in mind to ensure that there is adequate space for both racks to be hung at convenient levels.Weight
As you compare styles, keep in mind that the heavier the rack, the more securely it must be attached to the wall. You'll find the weights of racks listed along with the size dimensions. Weights are generally given in pounds.Considering Style
There are a variety of style differences between today's wall pot racks. Some of these affect the utility of the racks, such as the presence of shelves or double hooks that can accommodate twice as many pieces of cookware. Others are simply aesthetic differences, such as the shape, the finish, the material and any decorative carvings or elements.
For each style of rack that you examine, refer to your list of pots to determine if the rack is large enough to accommodate them and, ideally, leave some extra room in case your cookware collection grows. It's sometimes helpful to draw models of your favorite two to five styles to plan how to arrange your cookware prior to making your final buying decision.