Hanging Pot Rack Installation Guide Want to know how to install that Hanging Pot Rack in your kitchen? Then you've come to the right place! This guide elaborates the process of installing a hanging pot rack in a few simple steps. Tools and Supplies Needed: You will need the following items in order to install your hanging pot rack as a DYI project. 1. Stud Finder 2. Drill & Drill Bits 3. Tape Measure 4. Ceiling Screw Hooks (usually included with purchase) 5. Chain (also usually included with purchase) extra chain and other pot rack hardware is available here 6. 2x4" x 4' (Needed if you are going to mount the pot rack in-between the ceiling joists)
Follow these simple steps to install a hanging pot rack in your kitchen
STEP ONE: CHOOSE WHERE TO HANG THE POT RACK It is always better to choose a spot where you plan to install a pot rack. That way you will have a clear idea of exactly how much space you have available for the pot rack, and when you go out to buy a hanging pot rack, you can choose one that fits that size. When looking for a place to install your pot rack, choose a spot that is within your reach. Pot racks usually go over kitchen islands, sinks or counter areas. Consider factors like height from the ceiling, where you do most of your cooking and prep work, so your utensils are always close. Also, make sure you donâ€™t block ceiling lights or natural light sources. Also please remember some iron racks can be rather large in size, so keep the rack from blocking views into other rooms.
STEP TWO: CHOOSE A POT RACK (you can skip this if you already have one) Wrought iron pot racks come in just about every size and style. It is important to find one that fits the size of your kitchen and is aesthetically pleasing, seeing as you are going to be looking at it nearly every day. You can get pot racks in a number of designs and finish options. You can choose a color that matches or complements your kitchen’s interior. You can buy a pot rack in black, silver, gold, bronze, copper or rustic finish to complement your kitchen’s existing style and color scheme.
Above: Large Basket Rack by Enclume ($375.99) Right: Enclume Design Products. Available at Timeless Wrought Iron website.
STEP THREE: CHOOSE A HEIGHT FOR YOUR HANGING POT RACK Iron pot racks should be hung so that your utensils are easily reachable, yet aren’t low enough to bump your head. So first figure out what is your comfortable arms’ reach, then the height of your ceiling. Also, take into consideration how much the average pot or pan will hang down from the rack, thus creating a virtual extension of your reach. You should have about 42” difference between the counter top and the hanging pot rack to allow a comfortable reach without bumping your head with it. To figure out how your specific rack will fit, subtract the size of the rack from 42”. The resulting figure is the number of inches you need between your hanging pot rack and ceiling.
STEP FOUR: FIND THE CEILING JOISTS Since you are dealing with a pot rack made of wrought iron which is pretty heavy, so you must hang it from the ceiling joists. If the joists are perpendicular to the spot where you want your pot rack, you will need to install a ceiling plate or a wooden beam. Locate your joists by using either of the following ways: 1. Use a stud finder or look for nails or nail heads in the drywall. A stud finder is very simple, only
requiring you to slide it across the ceiling and wait for the beep or flash indicating a solid frame. 2. If you don't have a stud finder, you can check for joists every 16" to 24", looking for nails or nail heads and then tapping the area to find the solid frame.
STEP FIVE: DRILL THE PILOT HOLES Once you've located the ceiling joists and decided where along the frame you want your pot rack to hang, measure the distance between the chains, and mark your ceiling. Drill the pilot holes, making sure that the holes are not larger than your ceiling hooks. Keep in mind the rack should be squared over the counter, island or sink.
STEP SIX: SECURE THE CHAINS After screwing in the hooks into the ceiling, decide how low you want the rack to hang. Then, hang the chains on the hooks without the rack, in order to reduce the weight youâ€™re lifting above your head. Remember you can always add or subtract a link in the chain if you wish to adjust the height.
STEP SEVEN: ATTACH YOUR POT RACK Wrought Iron Pot Rack Hardware Available at Timeless Wrought Iron website.
After you have set your chains at the desired length, simply attach your new wrought iron pot rack to the chains. Now, go ahead and hang your pots and pans!
Things to Remember While Hanging Your Pot Rack Try not to hang your wrought iron rack above the stove. If you place the rack directly above the stove, your pots and pans might collect all the grease from cooking. Remember, if you purchase your pot rack from us and run into installation problems, please give us a call at 800-957-1178. We will be happy to help you find a contractor in your area to professionally install your wrought iron pot rack for you. Ok, now go put all your knowledge to good use, find the perfect place to hang your pot rack and start organizing! Start your pot rack search by clicking here. Still need a pot rack? Shop our selection of wrought iron pot racks? CLICK HERE
Published on Apr 9, 2012
Installing a Hanging Pot Rack is easier than you think, all you need is a little direction and the right tools