Clever Kitchen Ideas: Industrial Pot Rack

Dress up your kitchen with this this hanging pot rack using pipe and simple hooks.
By: Heidi Karpa


Assemble an industrial pot rack using pipe and simple hooks.

Assemble an industrial pot rack using pipe and simple hooks.

Materials and Tools:

various lengths of pipe
4 elbows
2-4 couplings/unions
2-4 t-connectors
2 footers
measuring tape
stud finder
craft paper
pipe wrench
work gloves
clear enamel
wood screws
drill and drill bits



Lay out all the pipe on the floor before attaching it.

Lay out all the pipe on the floor before attaching it.


1. Using a stud finder, find the ceiling joists and mark their locations. The pot rack needs to hang down from them. Map out on the ceiling where you want to suspend the pot rack.

2. Measure the space from the ceiling to the counter. Identify how much head clearance is needed. You don't want to hit your head on the hanging pots and pans. Also, make sure it's within easy arms' length reach. Tip: Use masking tape to mark out a square or rectangular outline on the island countertop that's directly below the pot rack. It's easier to measure the length of each side this way.

3. Make a drawing of the outline of the pot rack. Making this template can save time at the hardware store. Critical step: Note on your drawing/template where the supports are located for the pot rack.

4. The exact number of couplings, t-connectors, etc., will vary from project to project. You'll determine what you need at the hardware store.

5. In the plumbing aisle, start selecting materials. Pipe comes in various dimensions. I used 1/4" black pipe. Choose your preference. For this project, it's a good idea to purchase extra materials whenever possible. They can always be returned later if they are not used.

6. Lay everything out on the aisle floor. Using a measuring tape, drawing or template will make this process move smoothly and help you to visualize the pot rack. Lay the corner elbows out first and find the lengths of pipe that work best to create the sides. Tip: T-connectors are needed wherever a supporting pipe will go to the ceiling.



Attach your pipe fittings securely with a wrench.

Attach your pipe fittings securely with a wrench.

7. At least two unions (or couplings) are needed to attach one side of the pot rack to the other. They will prevent any problems with pipe thread running in opposite directions. Tip: Ask the assistant in the pipe department to review your plan. Their advice can be helpful.

8. Select your s-hooks. Bring a piece of your pipe with you to make sure the s-hook fits over the dimension of the pipe. You'll need one hook per pot/pan, approximately 3-4 hooks per side.

9. Consider the metal color of the s-hook. Match or contrast the pipe metal. It's your choice.

10. Lay out the pipe pieces and wipe them with a damp cloth. Tip: Remember to remove all stickers from your pipe pieces before building the pot rack.

11. Using a pipe wrench, start assembling the pot rack following your map/guidelines. Working with pipe gets messy. Work gloves can help.



Mark with a pencil where you'll drill your holes into the ceiling.

Mark with a pencil where you'll drill your holes into the ceiling.

12. Wipe down and dry the pot rack.

13. In a well-ventilated area, spray your pot rack with several coats of clear enamel. Allow for drying time in between each coat. The spray enamel protects your pot rack.

14. Double-check that your pot rack's support legs align with the ceiling joists. Mark all drilling locations on the ceiling. An extra pair of hands is necessary.



Hang additional lights in the center of the pot rack after it's up.

Hang additional lights in the center of the pot rack after it's up.

15. Install the pot rack by drilling wood screws securely into the ceiling joists. Have someone help you when installing this pot rack because of its heaviness.

16. Once your pot rack is installed, place the s-hooks on the rack. Tip: You may need a pair of pliers to lightly squeeze the top of the s-hooks closed. They should be loose enough to slide along the pot rack.

17. Hang the pots around your new industrial pot rack.

Variations: In the video, lights were suspended down through the center of the pot rack. If you have a junction box, track lighting fixture or electrical outlets conveniently located near your pot rack, you can easily add this element. If not, you will need an electrician.

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