Sarah from Little Red Brick House is backing sharing how she created a DIY Ladder Pot Rack. She’s been working on getting her living room decorated and you can check it out here: the progress I’ve made. Take is away Sarah!
When it comes to home decor projects, I can’t sit still for long, so on to the kitchen it is! We have a good amount of storage in our there for our needs, but sometimes it’s not the easiest thing to go digging through cupboards and drawers looking for the pots and pans. So I came up with the perfect solution, I decided it would be great to have them hanging from a rack above the kitchen island. One day, after unsuccessfully searching for a rack that I liked, inspiration struck and the idea to hang them from a ladder was born! Luckily, the previous owners of our home left the hooks to their pot rack installed, so we didn’t have to worry about finding the studs and mounting them ourselves. Such a great project for some extra storage.
What You Will Need
You should be able to find what you need at your local hardware store. If you’re like me, you might find the long boards in your wood pile stash.
- 1×4 boards
- 3/4″ wooden dowel
- tape measure
- drill and bit
- 1 1/2″ screws
- wood glue
- 1 3/8″ eye screws
- quick links
- S hooks
Cut The Wood
I started with two 1×4 boards, cut to 5 feet. I also had a 3/4 inch wooden dowel cut into 11 inch segments to act as the ladder rungs. I cut 4 of the 11 inch dowels.
Sand And Stain
I stained the boards for the DIY pot rack with Rustoleum Dark Walnut stain and distressed the corners and edges with a sander once it dried. This project would be gorgeous if you used some reclaimed wood too!
Assembling the Ladder
I spaced out how far I wanted my dowels (11 inches apart) and drilled a few holes (equal to the diameter of the dowels) halfway through the sides of the ladder so that the dowels would sit countersunk into the sides for better support. (here you can see the frame coming together)
Next I used a drill bit to pre-drill holes through the dowels and the sides of the boards so that they wouldn’t split when I screwed the dowels into the sides. I used 1 1/2-inch screws and wood glue to attach the dowels to the boards. And the ladder was complete!
Hang The Pot Rack
Time to assemble the hardware. I attached some 1 3/8-inch eye screws into the ends of each side of the ladder.
To hang the ladder, I used a chain that was cut into about 11-inch segments (7 chain links each).
I also used a few quick links to attach the chain to the screw eye hooks. You can unscrew the little bolt part and then tighten it back up when you’re done hooking it through the screw eye, these are great fasteners for the chain.
With the mounting hooks from the previous owners already installed, all I needed to do was hang the ladder pot rack! I used large, 3-inch S-hooks to hang a few pots and pans and also a colander and mixing bowl. If you didn’t have previous hooks, you’d want to use a stud finder to find the ceiling joists to safely secure this hanging pot rack.
A rustic pot rack is the perfect place for some additional storage space. I love the combo of copper pots and metal too.
I just love it so much and it’s really nice to have my most used cooking tools right at my fingertips! Next thing on the list is to paint those cabinets. That orange stain has got to go!
Thanks again for having me. I look forward to sharing another project with you all next month! Until then you can catch up with all of my other DIYs on my blog and follow along with me on my social media outlets below.