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Curb The Clutter: Genius Ways to Store and Organize Cookware

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It's not an easy task to organize pots and pans in the kitchen… the varied shapes and sizes of the different pieces often end up occupying more space than they should.

And let's not even get into trying to close a drawer full of utensils in disarray! But don't give up – there are plenty of ways to tame the mess.

 Here are twenty-two clever ideas and do-it-yourself projects to get everything under control once and for all.      

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1. Take advantage of an unused wall by hanging pots on copper pipes using S hooks. Imagine all of the space that will open up in your kitchen cabinets! Check out more images of this space over at Apartment Therapy.

Photo: Houzz

2. Create a custom pots and pans organizer by placing pegboard in the bottom of a drawer and inserting tall wooden pegs to separate one pan from the next. And simply shift the pegs around if you get a new pan that's a different size. Found at Houzz.

Photo: Domino

3. This pots and pans organizer solution is pure genius, if you ask me… talk about thinking outside the box! They've mounted a pole to the ceiling and then hung the pots and pans from chain and hooks. This is a great way to take advantage of a pretty collection of copper cookware, turning it into decor in its  own right. Found here.

Photo: Martha Stewart

4. Lids always seem to be a problem in our cupboards, wreaking havoc on an otherwise manageable area. So I love this strategy – simply attach towel rods to the insides of your cabinet doors and then slip the lids through. Read more about this pot lid organizer here.

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5. This pot lid organizer is brought to you by the early 2000s! All these lids are kept in order by reusing old CD organizers. Read more about it here.

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6. Here, a combination of wooden shelves and a black accent wall combine to form a storage area that is both functional and beautiful. Get the same look by installing floating wooden shelves on an empty wall and painting the space in between a bold color. Add hooks and you're ready to go! Found here.

Photo: Martha Stewart

7. I've used this tactic in my own kitchen, and it works a charm. Just grab a vertical pan organizer and turn it horizontally to hold pans and baking sheets. Genius! Learn more about this flat cookware and pot lid organizer here.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

8. Another pegboard hack for the win! Cover a pegboard with chalkboard paint, add hooks and  voilà – an instant pots and pans organizer! And don't forget to outline your cookware in chalk so everything goes back in its proper place. Check it out here.

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9. Or you can go all out and install a custom pan organizer in one of your lower kitchen cabinets Kevin and Amanda did. Wow, what a dream it would be to slide a rack out to pick a pan without have five others tumble to the floor!

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10. Here's a great way to divide a drawer into sections to organize your cookware using thin pieces of wood. This one is fully customizable too. Check out the full tutorial here.

Photo: Scott Clark 

11. Add some interest to the boring area above your stove by mounting a brass rod and suspending shiny copper pans from hooks. Talk about a beautiful example of form meeting function! Find out more about this kitchen here.

Source: Country Living

12. A DIY pot rack was an excellent answer to the lack of storage in this tiny kitchen. The owner also made the shelf above the stove too. pocket expense for the materials was a very affordable $62. You can read more about the projects here. 

Source: This Old House

13. Here's another rack made of copper pipe. Assembling it looks as easy as building LEGOs, and it is wall-mounted, so you know it'll be secure.

Source: The Kitchn

14. If you're lacking wall space for the rack above, how about the vertical pots and pans organizer DIY seen here? Made of metal chain, S-hooks and a carabiner, it set the maker back about $42 for materials. Click here to read more.

Source:  Shelterness 15. Copper pots do double duty: use them for cooking when needed and, when stored, use them as art. Pared up with a framed poster, a copper pots and pans organizer can create a lovely vignette  this. Source: The Family Handyman

17. If you'd to convert your base cabinets for pan organizer vertical storage permanently, Family Handyman tells us how to do it. Basically, you remove and trim the center shelf and add a vertical divider. 

Source: Remodelaholic

18. You'll need some pretty deep drawers to make this dream a reality, but how cool is this custom-built utensil drawer? Read more about the (affordable) project here.

Source: Homey Oh My

19. This DIY utensil holder combines Lazy Susan practicality with a polished look. Read more about this project here.

Source: IKEA Hackers 20. If you're lucky enough to have pretty utensils, but not counter space for a utensil container, this IKEA Hacker has a great option for storing them. Frame them in a RIBBA frame. Click here to see how to read more. Source: The Home Depot

22. This wall-mounted pot lit organizer is available for purchase for just $15.00. Not a bad deal! Don't have room inside a cabinet door or on the wall? Try a traditional pot lid organizer, this one from IKEA for $6.


10 Best Pull Out Organizers For Pots And Pans (2020)

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Along with trash pull outs, pot and pan slide out organizers are one of the most frequently used pullout convenience items in our kitchens.

If you have any dead space within your cabinetry or are trying to squeeze every inch a smaller kitchen, adding a pull out organizer can transform your space.

Pots and pans can be awkward items to find storage for, however there are some unique ways to get them sorted. In doing some research for these products, we noticed adjustability was a key component. Not all pots and pans are the same size, so having an organizer with some adjustable wire separators was extra crucial.

Many pull out baskets can quickly be mounted to the bottom of the cabinet floor with just a few screws. Don’t let the technical aspect of installing the item deter you, these are all fairly straightforward. 


Rev-A-Shelf – Cookware Pull Out Organizer

After hands-on experience, this product was our top pick for pot and pan storage.

  • Heavy duty steel
  • Can mount to cabinet door
  • Independently sliding shelves
  • Multiple widths

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This organizer is purely dedicated to your pots, pans and lids. It comes in two sizes that work for large and smaller cabinet width openings.

The smaller version is 12 inches wide and the larger one is 21 inches wide. Be sure to add some extra space on each side of the unit to make sure it will operate properly.

  • Offered in two sizes
  • Independently operating pullout shelves
  • Cabinet door mount kit (offered separately)
  • Securely mounts to cabinet floor and back wall
  • 100 pound rated ball-bearing slides

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Need a roll out for tight spaces? This 11 inch wide option is great for storing pots and pans. One of the best features is the adjustability of the rails. Just slide them to your ideal position with the included black clips.

Pots and pans can be heavy and this has the strength to accommodate all that weight. It’s also simple to install to the bottom of the cabinet with just a few screws.

Manufacturer notes dimensions as 11″ Wide x 21″ Deep x 10-7/8″ High. This will require a minimum cabinet width of 12″.

  • Great for base cabinets with drawer above
  • Adjustable dividers to accommodate different size pans
  • ProGlide heavy duty slides

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This is for those heavier items that won’t work well on thin wire dividers. The Household Essentials storage baskets can hold up to 88 pounds. It won’t store tons of pots and pans, but with the independently operating shelves it’s still easy to access each item inside.

Manufacturer notes dimensions as 15.5″ Height x 14.5″ Width x 21″ Deep

  • Slides operate independently to provide easy access
  • Full-extension slides
  • Four widths to accommodate your specific cabinet size
  • Weight capacity is 88lbs.
  • Make sure the cabinet opening is wider than product dimensions.

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If you need something a bit more narrow, this pull out pan lid holder is just 7-1/4″ in width. Un option 2 above the rails are not adjustable which may or not be suitable for you.

One “con” is that it only extends out about 3/4 of the way the cabinet. This means you may have to reach into the cabinet to access items in the back of the pull out.

  • Pre-assembled and easy to install
  • Great for narrow base cabinets
  • Loop design helps hold items better
  • Can hold baking sheets and thicker cutting boards

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Super simple, yet very functional. We’ve installed this pullout chrome basket on numerous occasions and they are very sturdy and capable of handling those heavier items.

The manufacturer notes dimensions as: Height 9″ x Width 11-1/2″ x Depth 18-3/4″.

It can be mounted to the bottom of the cabinet with just four screws

  • One pull out only
  • Ideal for smaller pots and pans
  • Full Extension slides
  • Great for 15″ cabinet widths
  • Chrome plated w/ round wiring

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Securely hang your pots and pans in this creative pullout. It’s designed to fit standard depth base cabinets. 

This product is for a full height base cabinet door opening with no drawer above it. This allows for larger pans to be stored without dragging.

It’s also perfect for lids with loop handles, so that the lids can be hung within the handle creating a dual purpose.

  • Mounts to cabinet top and rear
  • Full-Extension slides
  • Up to 110lb. rated 

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The overall wire frame attaches to the left and right slides once they are mounted to the cabinet floor. Then, the dividers can be placed and clipped onto the frame where desired. It slides the cabinet to provide easy access to pots and lids.

Assembled dimensions: 19.75″W x 20″D x 10.125″H

  • Wire dividers are adjustable to hold items of various sizes
  • Can hold up to 50lbs.

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Lots of us prefer to have a solid bottom for our pots and pans. The wood drawer box featured on this slide out is ideal for just that. It may match the aesthetics of your kitchen more than a chrome wire basket too. This pull out organizer is not only great for pots and pans, but it can be used within in any kitchen, bathroom or laundry room cabinet. 

  • Four Widths (11″, 14″, 17″ and 20″) 
  • 21.5″ Deep
  • Easy Install
  • Steel Slide Assembly
  • Wood Laminate (Easy to Clean)

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The best feature of this large pot and pan organizer is the two separate pull out sections. The overall pull out glides out and then the bottom section also slides out independently. This allows for complete accessibility to pots and pans. If you have a wide base cabinet of more than 26″, this could be a great solution!

  • 19.5″ and 25.5″ versions
  • Lid side storage
  • Birch veneer shelves
  • Frosted nickel wire
  • Separate pull out sections

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Dedicate a section of your cabinets to baking sheets, muffin trays or even cutting boards with the Knape & Vogt slide outs. Separate and easily access the baking sheets as this rolls the cabinet.

There are multiple sizes as well. A 9″ width and a 6″ width is available in both a birch wood with nickel finish dividers or all white.

  • Mounts to bottom cabinet floor
  • Two versions: white or birch wood
  • 9″ wide and a 6″ wide options
  • Full-extension slides

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More on this below, but you will have to check your exact cabinet width, depth and height to determine what organizer will work.

Single Tier or Two Tier Pull Out

Many brands offer a single tier (one shelf basket) and a two-tier (two shelf baskets). If you have a cabinet with a drawer above, a single tier option would work best.

Dividers or Baskets

Do you need adjustable dividers on your pull out organizer? These can be helpful if you want to customize how your pots, pans, lids or baking sheets sit inside the organizer pull out. Otherwise a nice open basket is often ideal.

Installation Difficulty

Be aware that some cabinets will not be flush to the frame. You might be able to see about 1/4″ lip. This small lip on the floor of the base cabinet will prevent the pull out from sliding forward correctly. You may have to cut small blocks of wood to shim the slide out up a tad. This creates a flush surface for the pull out to glide over the frame lip.

If you have a screw driver and time, you will be okay. Many of our best options will come pre-assembled, so this allows you to put it directly into your cabinet floor to mount. Occasionally, you will have to build the frame and attach the slides before setting it inside of the cabinet. Either way, anyone can take this on as a basic DIY project.

Slide Type

The ideal slide is a “full-extension” slide. This means that the slide will come all the way the cabinet to allow you to access the back portion of the pull out organizer. This is truly a great feature for these types of organizer products.

There are standard base cabinet sizes to be aware of. Knowing your cabinet size will allow you to choose the best pull out organizer. While you are checking out our top list of pot and pan organizers, we encourage you to grab a tape measure if available and get the dimensions of your cabinet.

Standard base cabinet widths are usually 9”, 12”, 15” 18”, 21”, 24” and larger. All of are selected choices can work within those dimensions. You may have to find the ideal part number for the given product though.

Do you have a base cabinet with a drawer above or a full height cabinet? Knowing this is also helpful to determine if you have enough operable room for the pull out organizer to slide in and out.

Check out this helpful video from Stephanie over at @basilchic. She has tons of ideas on home organization and decluttering!


DIY Wall Mounted Pot Rack from a Shallow Display Cabinet

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Every homes has its quirks and unique features — which for some owners are a considered perks, while leaving other owners scratching their heads and wondering what to do with the space.

This is especially obvious most often in kitchens, where dated features that were once amazing are now cramped or unused — but not for long when a creative DIYer moves in! Liz is our guest today, and she’s here to share how her son and daughter in law transformed a shallow display cabinet that they weren’t using into a very useful wall mounted pot rack:

Read below for the details of the transformation, and be sure to check out these other posts (by clicking on the photos) for more creative kitchen storage ideas from DIYers who made the space work for them, plus see more clever kitchen ideas here: 

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Inspired to make your kitchen space work for what you need? Here’s Liz with all the details of this smart wall mounted pot rack:

DIY Wall Mounted Pot Rack from a Shallow Display Cabinet
by Liz from Simple Decorating Tips

Working with both a minimal budget and space, my son and daughter in law created this DIY wall mounted pot rack with beadboard.

Hi, I’m Liz from! I’m super excited to share this DIY wall mounted potrack with you for a couple of reasons… First, because I’m thrilled to be a guest over here at Remodelaholic… and Secondly, because it was my son and daughter in law that built this pot rack, so I get to brag a little!


G-TING Pot Rack Organizers

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Thanks to the silicone anti-slip covers, the G-TING Pot Rack Organizers doesn't require mounting. That means you won't need any tools to assemble the pan organizer.

You'll also have the option of using the organizer vertically on a countertop or horizontally in a cabinet.

In our analysis of 26 expert reviews, the G-TING G-TING Pot Rack Organizers placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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G-ting pots and pans organizer comes with 8 different organizers which can be adjusted the size of the utensils. The detachable dividers of the pots and pans rack makes it easy for storing even the biggest pot that you own.

Are you still struggling with how to organize all your pots and pans? A simple kitchen gadgets can help you solve your kitchen organization and storage problem.

G-TING Pot Racks, 8 Tier Pots and Pans Organizer, Adjustable Pot Lid Holders & Pan Rack With 3 DIY Methods, Lid Organizer for Pots and Pans Accommodate your sizing needs The 8 tiers are height adjustable providing ultra flexible storage, allowing storage all your cookware in one rack. Store up to 8 pots and pans safely and tidily.

Long Lasting Stylish and reliable, lengthen the life of your pots and pans by minimizing scratches! No need to stack your pans and pots any longer. Beautify the kitchen With 3 DIY methods, you can make the pot rack lay down or stand. Effortlessly stack up to 5 -10 frying pans, sauce pans, griddles or pots of various sizes.

If your countertop can not place the pan holder, you can still put pot organizer rack into your cabinet. No more mess in your kitchen or your cabinet. Size: Height: 14.96 inches (38 cm) Length: 9.05 inches (20.5 cm) Width: Tier at one side: 10.82 inches (28cm) Tier at two sides: 20.

47 inches (53cm) Beautify your kitchen Accommodate your sizing needs The 8 tiers are height adjustable providing ultra flexible storage, allowing storage all your cookware in one rack. Store up to 8 pots and pans safely and tidily.

When your kitchen is clean and organized, you’ll find preparing and cooking meals goes much more smoothly. Installing a few organizers is a great way to keep items neatly together and in a dedicated spot. Fortunately, there are many different types of pan organizers on the market that fit every budget and pan collection.

Take a look at your available storage space and how many items you have to organize. Keep in mind that some organizers, the Simple Houseware Kitchen Pantry Organizer Rack, can hold baking sheets, cutting boards, small casserole dishes and lids in addition to pans.

Simple organizer racks come in two styles. You can get them with rubber feet, so they stand on their own or with a mounting count. Either style can typically be installed vertically or horizontally. For example, the Deco Brothers Kitchen Pan Organizer Shelf fits four pans horizontally and five vertically. How you install it will most ly depend on the space you have in your cabinet.

Should you fill your cabinets and still have a few pots and pans leftover, go with an organizing shelf, the Cooks Standard Wall Mounted Wooden Pot Rack. Most wall racks allow you to store items on a top shelf and hang items from swivel hooks underneath.

Large homes and homes with big families may require a full baker’s rack. The Whitmor Baker’s Rack with Removable Cutting Board stands 3 feet tall and has four shelves, as well as a series of hooks for hanging pans, cooking utensils or mugs. Since the bottom shelf is capable of holding up to 250 lbs., you’ll also have a place to store your small appliances.

The National Organization of Professional Organizers reports that a lack of space is not the biggest reason people have clutter, but rather disorganization. If your kitchen is one of your problem areas, there are several things you can do to get the area straightened up.

Start off going through all of the items in your kitchen cabinets and get rid of anything you haven’t used in a few months. Place the remaining items together in groups before returning them back to the cabinets.

Use organizing racks in the cabinets that have pots, pans, baking sheets or lids. If you find your cabinet space lacking, mount a shelf on the wall that also has a few swivel hooks.

If your kitchen is big enough, you can also set up a full baker’s rack.

  • While some racks can be used without mounts, they may not be capable of holding heavy pots and pans.
  • Some pan organizers require assembly. Make sure you have the tools needed before you make the purchase. Others don’t require any tools at all. Either way, be sure to read up on how easy or difficult assembly will be before you buy.
  • You may find certain organizers aren’t necessarily ideal for corner cabinets that are designed turntables.
  • Always review the terms of any product warranties before you buy, as many of them are limited to certain defects.
  • There are pan organizers to fit just about every budget. The most affordable are the Simple Houseware Kitchen Pantry Organizer Rack and the Deco Brothers Kitchen Pan Organizer Shelf, as they fit right inside your cabinets. The Cooks Standard Wall Mounted Wooden Pot Rack is moderately priced, thanks to its ability to add storage space using your kitchen walls. The most expensive pan organizer is the Whitmor Baker’s Rack with Removable Cutting Board, which stands 3 feet tall.


DIY Pot Lid Holder | Easy Kitchen Organization Project

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  1. Cut the Pieces for Pot Lid Holder
  2. Glue and Assemble Pieces
  3. Drill Mounting Holes and Apply Finish
  4. Mount the Pot Lid Holder to Cabinet Door

We store our pots and pans in the cabinets of our kitchen island.

 The pots stack pretty well, but the lids are always a pain. They tend to wind up in a pile and we’re always hunting for the right one.

  Inspired by my recent shop cabinet builds I thought some door storage would be a perfect solution for the lids to get the cabinets organized.

1. Cut the Pieces for the DIY Pot Lid Holder

Before cutting anything, the first step is to measure the width of the cabinet opening and the distance between the sides of the doors. You’ll need to refer to these measurements later on in order to make sure you get a good fit for your DIY Pot Lid Holder.

The lid racks are made from ¼” strips of poplar I got from Home Depot.  Each piece is 1.5” wide and 3 feet long and the 3 of these cost under $5.

I’m making the cuts for all of the projects in this series with a miter box and saw I purchased for $14.  It clamps or screws down to a work surface, and has cam clamps to hold the workpieces stationary.  I began by cutting the 1” spacers for the first rack.

I needed six spacers, so to speed up the process I setup a stop block using the extra cam clamp and a scrap of wood.  Instead of measuring 1” every time I just butted the wood against the block and made my cut. Stop blocks are helpful when you needed to make repeated cuts.

The saw leaves a good bit of tearout on the back of the cuts so I knocked them down with a 180 grit sanding block.  

Then I cut the main part of the rack.  I made this ½” shorter than the my cabinet opening which will leave ¼” on both sides for clearance.  I sanded the piece smooth and knocked down all the sharp edges before assembly.

Before putting the rack together I did a quick mock up to make sure the lids fit.  Three spacers were just enough for my lids. But make sure to test the clearance you’ll need for your own pot lids first.  And remember to reference the free plans for this project for more information!

2. Glue and Assemble the DIY Pot Lid Holder

I glued the three spacers together using a combination of yellow wood glue and CA glue.  The CA glue gives a quick hold and the yellow glue will give it strength.

Oh, and be careful when using the CA glue, it’ll bond to your fingers faster than a tongue to a frozen flagpole.

After the CA glue bonds the pieces, I smoothed the whole spacer flat on all sides with the sanding block.  Then I attached the spacer to the long piece using the same method. This time I clamped it down for a few minutes just for good measure.

I repeated the same process to make two more racks and then sanded them all smooth after the glue was dry.

3. Drill Mounting Holes and Apply Finish

I used a countersink bit to pre-drill the holes on the DIY Pot Holder.  It makes a pilot hole with the drill bit then the cutters at the base make a recessed countersunk hole.  This lets the screws sit flush or below the surface when installed.

To complete this project I applied a couple coats of water based polyurethane, sanding between coats with a high grit sandpaper.  

4. Mount DIY Pot Lid Holder to Cabinet Door

The racks are easily mounted to the cabinet door with screws.  I’m using 1-¼” screws but if your spacers are different just make sure the screw won’t blow through the front of the door.  

I held the rail in place and drilled a pilot hole for the screw on one side then attached it with screws.  Then I positioned the other side and screwed it in place as well.

The top rack was going to hold the small lids and I moved it up enough where the smallest lid wouldn’t catch on the upper rail.  Just make sure you account for pull out trays if you have those…don’t ask me why I know that.

On the other cabinet door I just used one rail in the center to hold the largest lid.

And that’s it!  With some simple tools I was able to add storage and organization to my kitchen cabinets.  With this simple pot lid organizer we’re now able to quickly and easily find our lids when we need them!

If you d this project, check out the rest of the projects in the 3 Easy DIY Kitchen Organization Projects Series for more great ideas!