What would you say if I told you that you could make a pot rack for less than $120 in materials? I’ll show you how to make an iron pipe pot rack in less than 10 minutes. DIY step–by-step instructions below.
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IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!
The first time I saw my friend Molly’s @mollyatmaine kitchen pot rack on Instagram, I fell in love with the industrial look. We have very different kitchens, and I knew I didn’t have the space to install a pot rack quite like hers. I had to come up with something similar that worked in a smaller area.
After much begging and nagging, and more begging, my husband came up with this design. This pot rack would fit directly above our kitchen island and would still have that feel I was looking for.
The picture above has all the materials you will need to build a pan rack that is approximately 30″L x 16″W x 6″T. The reason why these measurements are approximate is because you gain about 1-inch to 1 1/2-inches due to the components used to assemble the pot rack, specifically the unions and the 90 degree side outlet elbows.
- 4 – Pipe Decor 1/2 in. x 6 in. Black Steel Pipe
- 2 – 1/2 in. x 30 in. black Steel Pipe
- 1 – (pkg. of 4) Black Steel Pipe 1/2 in. x 8 in. Nipple Fitting
- 2 – (pkg. of 2) Pipe Decor 1/2 in. Black Iron Pipe Union
- 4 – 1/2 in. Black Iron Floor Flange
- 4 – 1/2 in. 3-Way Black Iron 90 Side Outlet Elbow
Attach a 6-in. steel pipe to a 3-way side outlet elbow. Repeat with the remaining 3 – 6-in. pipes and elbows.
Separate the iron pipe unions and attach one-half of each side to the 8-in. pipe as pictured above.
Attach a 30-in. pipe to a 3-way 90 side outlet to each end. Repeat with the other 30-in. pipe.
Attach a floor flange to each 6-in. pipe
Attach each 8-in. pipe with the unions to the 3-way side outlets.
Install your beautiful new pot rack to the ceiling. Note: You must attach the pot rack to studs or with heavy duty wall anchors.
I used S hooks to hang my pots and pans from the rack.
The new black iron pipes have an oil coating on them to prevent them from rusting. You can choose to leave it on the pot rack, or you can remove the coating. We chose to take the black coating off so I could have more of a rusted and more vintage look. We used a wire wheel on a bench grinder to remove the coating, and then used a mixture of dish soap and baking soda for cleaning the pipes before assembly.
**Disclosure: The rack hanging in my kitchen was our first pan rack project. We bought the materials to make another rack so I could give one away. After our first DIY project, we realized that having the unions make a connection with the 8″ pipe vs. a 15″ pipe, would make the rack stronger.
I hope this inspires you to try and make a pan rack of your very own. This DIY was basically the trifecta!
- Within my budget, with materials costing under $120
- Assembly time was less than 10 minutes