DIY Simple, Modern Pot Rack

pot-rackI’ve wanted a pot rack to organize my cookware, but I couldn’t find one that was exactly what I wanted. I wanted it to be simple so it would fit in a variety of kitchens. I thought a vertical rack on the side of the cabinet would efficiently use that empty space. I also didn’t want to spend more than $40.

Doug made one for me.

The two sides are oak from the cabinetry section of the hardware store. The rails are aluminum, also from the hardware store, cut into three shorter pieces. I like how the aluminum and natural oak look together.

pot-rack-empty pot-rack-full

The aluminum is a C-shape, so the oak fits right in, and the pot hooks can hang from the edge.


pot-rack-doug-1 Nice work, Doug!

The tricky part was cutting and bending the aluminum to attach the top and middle rails. Brackets on the top will be used to hang the pot rack.


Total Materials Cost: $34


  • 2 oak 1″x2″ – 24″ cabinetry pieces for the sides ($2 each)
  • 2 aluminum 3/4″ C-channels 10 gauge 48″ long for the rails ($8 each)
  • 2 metal brackets to mount ($1 each)
  • screws ($1)
  • S hooks to hang pots ($12)


  • drill
  • hacksaw for cutting aluminum
  • deep pliers for bending aluminum
  • level


Total Assembly Time: 1 hour (2 hours with a little helper)


Thanks Doug!

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  1. I love that! Very creative and classic.

  2. What a neat idea! I bet it could be easily modified for a number of other things too, like hanging tools above a potting bench, or…

    p.s. I love the photo where your husband is holding your daughter over his shoulder!

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    • Love that idea of using this for hanging tools! I’m going to remember that one.

  3. Really beautiful and what a great hubby to build it for you!


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  4. nice work! love it.

  5. Doug is good.

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  6. What a great idea!

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  7. Slackerjo says:

    Hmmm, I think next up is a daddy/daughter trip to the hardware store for Lane’s first toolbelt.

    I hope Doug’s new found fame as a handy husband does not go to his head :-)

  8. What a wonderufl simple idea! It looks great! Kudo’s to Doug! :)

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  9. Oh, NICE work, Doug! What a clever solution. The aluminum works perfectly against the oak – the warmth of the wood warms up the modern shine of the metal. Very cool, very sleek, and very cheap for custom work!

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  10. You are a good man Doug :) My hubby was busy doing “honey do’s” all weekend for me. Good men are hard to find Rachel, I’m glad we have two of them!

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  11. Great job!

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  12. Denise C. says:

    Great job! Love the simple lines, and that you can take it with if you decide to move!

    Your daughter is an absolute DOLL! :)

  13. i like the modern pot rack.
    but i love seeing a father playing with his daughter!

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  14. That is really cool! And it gives me hope that we can rig up something similar in our next abode. :D

  15. What a clever and stylish idea! Would like to do it for my pots as well. As mine are very heavy I wonder whether the aluminium channels are strong enough to hold really heavy pots. What’s your experience?

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    • Hi Claudia, that’s why we chose the 10-gauge aluminum. It’s thick and strong and won’t bend with heavy pots.

  16. Top marks for innovation. I think a lot of people forget that you don’t have to buy everything, but that in many cxase making your own would fit your needs exactly. Brilliant!

  17. The pot rack is gorgeous!! I love that that it is pretty AND functional!!

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  18. Clever idea!!! Should ask husband to do the same too :) I’ve been stuck with M double adhesives for quite a while now and we often get loud bangs at night because our kitchen stuff kept on fallin lol.. By the way, I’m new here and I’m glad I stopped by

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  19. My only suggestion: buy the little one some safety goggles ad model wearing them, yourself. The photo with her eyes right next to a working drill gave me the willies…

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  20. THIS is such a great idea!!! it could be used for so many other things too. i am definitely going to use this idea for the original use as a pot rack– as i have wanted and needed one for a very long time,; my kitchen storage space it so limited it’s just scary.
    but while reading, one other idea i came up with, is a fishing rod rack. my husband and i are avid bass fisher – people– and , no kidding, we must be pushing over fifty rods and reels… they take up so much space in the garage , and have even trickled right into my living room! they are stacked/ and tangled in just about every corner available to them. obviously such a rack for these would have to be much larger– maybe even two or three of them– but the idea is just perfect to hang on the garage wall… and we could even build one for garden tools, shovels , rakes, weed eater, etc etc… i am getting older, and de cluttering is my main goal in life right now– i despise everything being shoved and crammed and stacked– i just LOVE this — has your husband thought of building a few and trying to sell them.. i’m sure he could sell them locally for nearly double the cost– if he has time. perfect!
    thank you!!!

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  21. I love this. Guess what hubby will be doing this weekend?!

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  22. Great idea! It’s the kind of thing my husband can build if he sees, but would never design. Thanks, Doug!

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  23. Chookiechick says:

    I LIKE this idea!

    going to have to get DH to make me a couple of these (I have too many pans for just 1 lol)…

    It nicely solves my problem of pan storage. I had thought of using an overhead pan-rack hung from the ceiling, but realised that they would hang down too far and would be in the way. But I have plenty of room to hang them on the sides of my cabinets.

    Just need to figure out what to do with the pan-lids now.

  24. Great Idea! The natural oak and aluminum work exceptionally well together… and I love that the little one’s involved too.

    More parents should spend time making things with their kids.

  25. That is the right way to use a vacant space effectively, have other DIY tools to do so but don’t have deep pliers for bending the metal, I think I can do that in 4 hours as I am not expert like Doug.

  26. What a sweet helper and sweet man to not push her away. Great looking holder for the pots and pans.

  27. What precious photographs. I’m sure he couldn’t have made that pot rack without such a helpful assistant.