10 Smart Ways to Store Your Pots and Pans


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Here are some better methods for a new organization system.

Looking for the best way to store your pots and pans? 

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Consider adding a pot rail or two and using hooks to hang your cookware. Bonus idea: You can slide the lids into the rails for even smarter storage.

1. Hang them from pot rails on a wall.

No wall space to speak of? Don’t be so fast to discount your kitchen window. You can totally hang a few pot rails across a window without blocking too much light.

2. Hang them from pot rails across a window.

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You can get an affordable pot rack and hang whatever pots you have on them. You can even get creative and hang, say, a ladder.

3. Hang them from a pot rack on the ceiling.

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Avoid nesting pots by turning the backs of your cabinet doors (or a wall in your pantry) into a home base for all the lids. You just need two Command hooks per lid.

4. Stack them and store the lids separately.

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Nesting things will always help you save space, just make sure they’re protected. For cast iron cookware, use a paper towel. For stainless steel pans, consider felt protectors.

5. Nest them with protectors.

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Leave it to Carla Hall to have a super-cool, stylish pot rack, which also doesn’t take up a ton of space. You can get a similar one for less than $100.

6. Display them on a vertical pot rack.

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7. Set them up on a rolling cart.

You can roll the cart over wherever you’re working and easily grab what you need. When not in use, you can tuck it into a corner or even a nearby coat closet.

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8. Stack them in a cabinet — on an organizer.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a wire pot and pan organizer. Now you’ll get to make use of your cabinet space, all the while ensuring your cookware stays neatly stacked.

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9. Hang them on a pegboard.

You can arrange and rearrange a DIY pegboard however you see fit. Use a file sorter to hold your lids and get creative with the accessories you add to make it even more useful.

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10. Put them on display on your stovetop.

Need to free up some cabinet space? Give your prettiest pot a permanent home on your stovetop.

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For more kitchen storage tips, visit thekitchn.com