How to Make Your Own Hanging Pan Rack

Updated April 17, 2017

Pots and pans can take up a lot of room in your kitchen. If your pot and pan drawer or cupboard is an unorganised mess, maybe it is time to hang them up and use that storage area for other kitchen items. Hanging pots and pans keeps them handy when cooking and up and out of the way the rest of the time. With a few supplies and tools, you can make a pan rack to use for years.

Measure the wall where the pan rack will be installed. Because pots and pans are heavy, the rack should not be longer than four feet. It should be secured into studs. Find a stud in the area where you want to hang the rack. Use the measuring tape and level to mark the spots to attach the support ends. The rack needs to be high enough on the wall to allow room for the pots and pans to hang as well as having easy, reachable access to them. Over a counter area is an ideal area for a pan rack.

Screw in the first support end at the marked spot on the wall. Use the screw driver to secure the support end to the wall with the screws.

Secure the one end of the towel bar into the support end that is secured to the wall. Some towel bars screw in and others simply slip in. The towel bar needs to be in as far as it will go for added strength.

Attach the support end to the other end of the towel bar, either by screwing it on or sliding it in. Screw the support end to the wall with the towel bar attached, using the screws and the screwdriver.

Hang the S hooks on the towel bar. The S hooks provide the hooks to hang each pot or pan on the towel bar.


Use vintage towel bars to create a country or shabby chic look to your kitchen. Using plumbing fixtures, you can make a multilevel pan rack on the wall or hung from the ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal towel bar
  • 2 support ends for the towel bar
  • Stud finder
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Large S hooks
  • Pots and pans
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