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Hanging Pot Rack

Keep your most-used pots and pans close at hand with this eye-catching overhead rack.

Hanging kitchen pot and pan rack

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw or table saw (optional)
  • Drill, 5/8-in bit, 1/4-in bit
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Sander; 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wood glue


  • 1 x 4 x 8 poplar board
  • 2 - 5/8-in dowels, #19383
  • Medium-duty utility chain (quantity to suit rack height), #348247
  • 5 - .307 x 3-in S-hooks
  • 4 - 1/4-in x 2-in eyebolts
  • 4 - 1/4-in nylon-insert lock nuts
  • 8 - 1/8-in chain quick links
  • 4 - 2.29-in screw eyes
  • Valspar Signature paint: Ultra White, #7006-24, and La Fonda Teal, #5007-8B

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Step 1

Measure down from the ceiling to the height you’ll want the finished rack. Allow space for the largest of the pots or pans you’ll hang there. Have a Lowe’s associate cut four pieces of chain that length, making certain they all contain the same number of links.

Step 2

From the 1 x 4 board, cut two pieces 19-1/2 inches long. Cut each dowel in half for four 24-inch-long pieces. If you don’t have a suitable saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the boards and dowels to length.

Good to Know

These parts need to be cut to identical lengths as closely as possible.

Step 3

Download the Hanging Pot Rack Drilling Guide and lay out the hole locations on one of the 19-1/2-inch boards. Tape the boards together with the edges and ends flush and the marks on top.

Step 4

Drill holes in the 1 x 4 sides

Place the stacked boards on a piece of scrap wood and drill the 5/8-inch and 1/4-inch holes where marked. If you don’t have a drill press, make a guide from two scrap 2 x 2s of unequal length glued together. With the bit in position, slide the guide against the inside corner formed by this guide and begin drilling a hole 90 degrees to the surface.

Step 5

Separate the two 1 x 4s and sand all faces and edges with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper. Then lightly sand the four dowels.

Step 6

Assemble the pot rack

Working on a flat surface, glue the end of a dowel and insert it into one of the sides. Repeat for the other three dowels and add the second side. Check that the dowel ends are flush or only a hair above the surfaces of the sides. Let dry. Then sand the dowels flush with the sides.

Step 7

Paint the dowels and sides. We used La Fonda Teal for the outside faces of the sides and Creamy Oat for the dowels and the inside faces and edges of the sides. Let dry.

Step 8

Completed pot rack

Insert the four eyebolts and hold them in place with nylon-insert lock nuts. Measure the distance between the eyebolts and install screw eyes in the ceiling where you’ll mount the rack. Use an electronic stud finder to position the screw eyes in ceiling joists. Using chain quick links, join the chains to the ceiling screw eyes and to the eyebolts on the rack. Add the S-hooks to hold the pots and pans, placing the heaviest ones on the inside dowels.