How to Build a Pot Rack With Shelf

An easy-to-make pot rack embellished with decorative mirrors adds beauty and function to a kitchen.
Pot Rack

Pot Rack

Tools and Materials:

3/4” medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
Brad nailer and 1-1/4” brad nails
wood glue
sand paper
primer and paint
super glue and a construction adhesive
S hooks
L brackets, with included hardware
table saw and a miter saw
decorative mirrored pieces (you can buy at craft or hardware stores)
two metal grates at least 8” wide (we used replacement pieces from a barbeque grill)
level and tape measure
metal cutoff saw
safety glasses

Steps:

1. Cut the MDF to make the pot rack frame. It will be a double-thick frame with one rectangle inside another. The inner rectangle will be shorter than the outer so that it can serve as a ledge to hold the metal-grate shelf. Here is our cut list. Make yours according to the size of your metal grates.
- two inner pieces at 28-1/2” x 1-1/2”
- two inner pieces at 7-7/8” x 1-1/2”
- two outer pieces at 30” x 3”
- two outer pieces at 9-3/8” x 3”

2. Build the smaller rectangle then wrap the larger rectangle around it. The inner and outer will be flush at the bottom of the pot rack. Secure the pieces together with wood glue and Brad nails.

Grill for Pot Rack

Grill for Pot Rack

3. When the glue dries, paint the frame with two coats of primer.

Pot Rack Under View

Pot Rack Under View

4. On the exposed edges of the pot rack, use construction adhesive to attach the decorative mirror pieces. We did a layer of rectangular mirrors with a layer of hexagon mirrors on top.

5. Set the metal grates into the pot rack. If necessary, use a metal cutoff saw to trim the grate to fit inside the pot rack frame.

6. Attach L brackets to the wall where you want to hang the pot rack. Ensure that the brackets are level then place the pot rack on top the brackets. Secure the pot rack to the brackets.

7. Hang the S hooks from the metal grates then hang your pots and pans on the hooks.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Build a Vertical Pull-Out Cabinet

A tall, thin pull-out cabinet makes a clever storage solution for a narrow gap next to the fridge.

How to Build Bookshelves for a Recessed Nook

Carter Oosterhouse turns an empty niche above a closet into practical storage.

How to Build Open, Old-Style Kitchen Shelves

Open shelving in the kitchen is a great way to display antique dishware.

Build Tall Storage Shelves Step-By-Step

Carter Oosterhouse builds a wall of storage in a small dining room.

Build a Movable Butcher-Block Kitchen Table/Island

Stock cabinetry, store-bought butcher block and staircase posts come together to create a multipurpose table and work space.

How to Build a Shoe Rack for Your Closet

Build a rack in your closet for a stylish way to store your shoes.

Mudrooms: Built-Ins vs. Freestanding

Consider the pros and cons of each type of mudroom storage option

How to Build a Ledge Bookshelf

Learn how to build narrow floating shelves that are perfect for a kid’s room or living area, or any small space.

How to Make a Decorative Pegboard Shelf

Need wall storage but can’t find just the right shelving unit? Try this modern take on an old-school storage idea. It’s easy to build and you can customize the colors however you’d like.

Mudroom Shelves

Explore your options for mudroom shelves, a mudroom storage must-have.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.