A Pot Rack in Its Proper Place
Although pot racks provide a ready solution to storage woes, they may not work for every kitchen. Here are some pot-rack pitfalls to avoid.
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And there are other factors to keep in mind beyond publicly exposing your dingy cookware. Dalia Tamari, owner of Dalia Kitchen Design in Boston, advises anyone going into a pot rack purchase to avoid these pitfalls:
Blocking light. "A pot rack's a minus if you hang pots and pans where they block the light source from above or a window," says Tamari. "Of course, if you incorporate lighting into the pot rack, you get back what you lost."
Obscuring a more beautiful focal point. "So many [people] are opening up their kitchen designs to the dining room or family room, and making something like a copper range hood the focal point of the open arrangement," says Tamari. "A pot rack doesn't look like much in your hand, but loaded it's a big element, and you don't want it to block a focal point or artwork."
Hanging cookware you don't use often. It will start out looking great, but after a while it accumulates dust, which is not a display you want at the center of your kitchen design." At the same time, says Tamari, "To get the effect you see in a chef's kitchen with the copper racks, your cookware on display should be clean and sparkling, not burned on the bottom or stained and crackeds."
Dangling pots and pans over a cooking area. "The only thing above a cooking space should be a vent," she says. "You see those glorious pictures of copper pots hanging above the stove, but that's where it would get all the grease from the cooking. The best place for a pot rack is above an island you use for prep work."
Hangin' too high. "You don't want to get out the stepladder to reach your pots and pans!" says Tamari, a frequent guest on HGTV's Kitchen Designs. "Instead, you should be able to reach the pans without stretching too much, without running any risk of getting hit in the head with a pot."
An easy-to-make pot rack embellished with decorative mirrors adds beauty and function to a kitchen.