You know how sometimes it's easy to get carried away searching for the perfect product to end your woes? I initially did that with this cabinet. I tried a cute rail to mount on the door and store pot lids. It felt like the lids were going to tumble every time I opened the cabinet with the least bit of gusto (and I often do open this particular cabinet with a healthy dose of gusto). I tried a wooden rack for storing pot lids, too, but it took up too much surface area.
Turns out, I was really most comfortable with the simplest solution here.
What I was really seeking was a way to store my cookware with lids intact, and without needing to unstack much to reach what I need. The solution here turned out to be a wire shelf stand. It provides just enough extra surface area to give each of my pots and pans a home with their respective lids on them.
In fact, it provided a little extra space. If you've been following this series, you might recognize my stock pot from the dish cupboard. Now, it has a home where it fits in much better with its other stovetop mates. That leaves me a little open space in the dish cupboard, but I can always use more of that. It also makes the stock pot eminently more accessible than before.
Ultimately, this cabinet is about accessing cookware quickly and without hassle. I am happy with storing the lids on top of each pot for this reason. While I love so many of the clever ways to store lids, until I acquire more pieces, this simple solution is just right for me.
A few pieces that used to be in this cabinet will make a later appearance in my vertical storage cabinet with baking sheets and such. Stay tuned for that!