The Most Ingenious Products for Organizing Your Pots and Pans
There are two things we always want to see in our friends' kitchens: their pantries and how they organize all their cookware. Because pantries are fun to look at, and we're just so curious to see how people make sense off all those awkwardly shaped pots, pans, and lids!
See, stacking everything on a shelf isn't the best answer (where do the lids go? How do you get the bottom one out in less than five minutes?) and we've learned from lots and lots of snooping that you basically HAVE to buy some sort of organizer.
So which one is best? These are some of the smartest, most useful organizers we could find.
1. Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack, $25
Tired of having to pull out every single skillet you own just to get your largest one? This rack can go in a cabinet vertically or horizontally (it holds five or four pans, depending on how you set it up) and works just like that file holder you have on your desk at work. And we're not the only ones who love it: It's the bestselling pot rack on Amazon with more than 2,200 reviews and a 4.6-star rating.
2. Adjustable Pot Rack Organizer, $34
A more customizable version of the first option, the shelves on this rack are reposition-able and can be hung off one side or both. And you can lay it down, if you'd rather store things horizontally.
3. SimpleHouseware Cabinet Door/Wall Mount Pot Lid Organizer Rack, $17 for two
Pot lids are probably the single hardest thing to store in a kitchen. There's no good way to stack them and if you store them on top of their matching pot, you need about 387 cubic feet of cabinet space. That's where these wall- or door-mounted racks come in. They each hold three lids and, what we like about these versus one larger rack, is the fact that you can separate them and really hide them away in a cabinet.
Get the benefit of a drawer without having to change your cabinets. This hardware is easy to install and makes it so that you can pull out your cookware to see everything in one glance. And the top rack holds all your lids.
The smartest thing about this hanging pot rack? The price. Sure, you could spend a couple hundred bucks on a name-brand version, by why would you when this one is just as stylish and sturdy? It comes with a removable center grid, which adds even more storage, so you can load the whole thing up with pots, pans, and your most-used utensils.
If you love the idea of a hanging pot rack but don't have a giant island to anchor it over, this smaller, single-bar option may be the perfect compromise. The bar features six swivel hooks, which can be turned 360 degrees so you can grab (and put away) whatever you need from any angle.
The ultimate solution for apartment dwellers or renters, the humble pot rail looks so simple yet makes such a difference. You just need a few feet of empty wall space and a single rail can hold a bunch of pots, pans, and utensils. You can even rest some lids at the top for extra storage. This one comes with 10 hooks, sturdy mounting hardware, and Amazon's recommendation.
A fun hybrid of a hanging and a wall-mounted pot rack, this one is easy to install and things can be hung and stacked on top. It's also available in other finishes for less money, but we're partial to the copper look.
A smaller version of the rack above, this one still manages to hold a ton of stuff. It comes with eight hooks for cookware or tools, three slots for knives, a spot for spices, a utensil cup, and a bar for a towel.
10. Wall Control Metal Pegboard, $60
Did you know that you can buy ready-made pegboards? You can! This one is metal, which means it'll stand up to lots of wear and tear. It comes in 10 different colors and is also magnetic.
Go the DIY route: How To Build and Hang a Kitchen Pegboard
11. VARIERA pot lid organizer, $7 at IKEA
Our resident advice-giver, Marge Perry, has a couple of these in her drawers and swears by them. They work accordion-style, which means you can expand it or contract it to fit your space and they hold pot lids in place as you open and close the drawer. You know, if you're lucky enough to have drawers instead of cabinets. Although this organizer could still totally work in a cabinet!
How do you organize all your cookware?