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12 Creative Solutions For Storing Pots and Pans

They’re large, bulky and take up a lot of precious storage space. When it comes to storing your pots, pans and lids, sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Here are 12 creative ways to store your kitchen pots and pans.

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Overhead Pots and Pans Organizer

Hanging pots and pans is a great way to save cabinet space while also keeping everyday items within reach. Hang a pots and pans organizer over the kitchen island. You can make one yourself with lengths of copper pipe and S-hooks.

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Hang Under the Island

If you don’t have the cupboard space and don’t want to hang your pots and pans overhead, the island is a good solution. You may give up some sitting space, but you will have your pots and pans organizer within easy reach. Anchor some S-hooks under your island counter and hang away.

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Magnetic Knife Strip

This is a good solution for small kitchens with too many kitchen utensils and pot lids. You can DIY a magnetic knife strip or buy one online. Leave some space on the end for smaller pot lids.

Discover how a magnetic knife strip can help organize your office supplies with these home organization tips.

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Build Your Own Hanging Rack

You can build this rustic, custom-sized wood-and-rope hanging pots and pans organizer with these easy instructions.

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Open Cabinet Shelves

If you don’t mind having your cookware visible, try some open cabinet shelves. Open shelves can be sized to fit your kitchen and will allow you to stack your pots and pans.

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Hang Pots and Pans Under a Shelf or Cupboard

If you have a shelf or cupboard with room underneath, try adding some hooks to hang your pots and pans organizer. They’ll be easy to reach!

There are several easy shelving ideas to help you stay organized.

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Deep Drawers

Deep drawers work great for storing cookware, just be sure to have enough space to set your pots and pans in one layer so they’ll be easier to pull out. Roll-out cabinet drawers make it easy to retrieve large pots and pans and will work with a cabinet organizer for pots and pans.

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Corner Cabinets

If they’re large enough, corner cabinets can be a great storage space for pots and pans. To make a cabinet organizer for pots and pans just insert a wire-wrack or lazy Susan and you’ll be able to find what you need quickly.

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Pantry Pegboard

Your pantry may be the best spot for your pots and pans organizer. Just hang a basic pegboard on the inside of the pantry door and add some pegs. You can hang your pots and pans, and other kitchen gear as well.

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Hang on the Wall

If you have wall space that isn’t occupied by cupboards, try hanging your pots and pans on the wall.

Attach a board or metal railing to the wall and add some hooks. Choose hooks that allow the pots and pans to rest flat against the wall. Make sure your board is level with these tips.

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Hang Inside Cabinets or Cupboards

Do you have enough space to hang pots in a kitchen cabinet or cupboard? You may have to remove shelves, but it can be worth it. Attach some hooks to the top of the cabinet and let the pans hang.

As for the lids, hang them inside the cabinet or cupboard door. You just need some plastic adhesive hooks that are spaced to fit each lid for a pots and pans rack cabinet.

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DIY Pot and Pan Pullout

This pot and pan pullout makes your pans easy to access and organize and—depending on your cookware—may even give you a place to stash your lids. It only takes a couple of hours, a couple of boards and a couple of drawer slides.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.