Published on October 13th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Stolmen vertical pot rack

This is a terrific idea from Andrew. A pot rack in the corner of the kitchen, standing almost sculpture like. 

“I thought people here would be interested in the pot rack I devised for our recent kitchen renovation. While we added plenty of storage to the space, I prefer pots to be easily accessible, but we did not want to have them hanging from the ceiling in the center of the space. Fortunately, we had a small corner of unused space between a cabinet and entryway that was sized just right for a column of pots. Our system uses one pole from the Stolmen shelving system ($30), a handful of double-sided brackets (6 for $15), and Grundtal hooks of two sizes (5 for $3). It is extremely sturdy, can easily hold hundreds of pounds of pots, and is held in place with pressure alone, obviating the need for screws and making it easy to disassemble and move to another location. (The Stolmen system is meant to be screwed in place on both ends, but once I had it up, it was clearly solid enough to stay put without them). I hope this is helpful.”

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25 Responses to Stolmen vertical pot rack

  1. Anonymous says:

    you can make same think for shoes? sorry for english i’m french

  2. AtomicVole says:

    Thank you for the idea.
    I installed it “upside down as shown works awesome, even with 12 inch cast iron.I hang them lower on the pole.
    If I get concerned about it moving I can attach the additional wall bracing that comes with each pole.
    Thank you for the Hack – it helps a lot.

  3. Vittorio says:

    Ehm… I was stricken by the flooring!
    Isn’t that a board of plywood, the one used as containment in construction sites? It’s very cheap and sturdy, I have one big board and plan to make some tables out of it. The flooring is a great idea too! What about it? Is it like I think? Is it working good? Could you give me some advice?

  4. Francesca says:

    I actually love the aesthetic of this as well as its utility. Put the two together and I’m in my happy Ikea hack place. Good stuff.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea for apartment living! I have several cast iron pots that are beautiful but incredibly hard to display because of their weight. This would be a perfect option! thanks.

  6. tina_6500 says:

    Definitely screw the Stolmen to the ceiling. Even just a 1-poler can fall over even without kids. I had a 1-pole installation for flower pots and candle holders on my balcony. I installed it on a summer day. It seemed really, really sturdy and everything was fine until the first cold night at the beginning of fall – the stolmen shrinked a bit, came loose and fell over. =:-o

  7. Awesome Idea! AAAND COPY!

  8. Allvira says:

    As per space consumption, its less space consuming but if you’ll go for look wise & like wise its not looking much well in that. So its up to you?
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  9. stacy says:

    yes, it is upside down. But I don’t think it matters — however, if you have any children over, those who are often crawling and pulling up — please screw this in. This looks like JUST the sort of thing a quick (and strong) toddler will grab and PULLLLL until boom, it’s on their head. Those kids are strong and FAST, so it might just be good to be prepared.

    anyway, clever idea. No good for me, as the pets in my house+kitchen grease would mean that I’d have to wash the pots before using them! LOL! But I do think if it works for you then go for it. just please — don’t have any kids over…. :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Did anybody else notice that the post was installed upside down?

  11. Jaana says:

    That’s so cool… I like your ideas…

  12. sole says:

    too messy for my taste.

  13. Paula says:

    That’s a fabulous idea. I really like this.

  14. sandiet says:

    Ugly !

  15. themark says:

    This is very clever, and opens up other possibilities as well. Thanks!

  16. Andrew says:

    That’s my rack, up there. I checked out that Stolmen disaster on Flickr, and whoa, bummer. I wouldn’t use a multipole setup without screws either, but with a single pole, it feels sturdy, and has stayed put for more than a year, even with a couple hundred lbs of pots (no Ikea pots here either).

    As for lids, we keep them in a divided upright rack on an under-cabinet lazy susan. Not ideal, but workable.

    • Kim says:

      Hey Andrew, I love this idea.saw your back years ago. I now have a perfect space and need for this vertical pot rack. I read through the description.would you tell me please, if you bought the double sided brackets from Ikea, what is the product name ? If you didn’t get then from Ikea can you tell me what they are called abd where I can get them?

  17. Herbert says:

    One quetion: where do you store the lids of the pots?

  18. Anonymous says:

    This looks like something you’d find in a medieval dungeon

  19. Anonymous says:

    If you’re really thinking of putting up stolmen without screwing it in, because it seems so secure, consider a cautionary photo from someone who thought likewise.

  20. Moontree says:

    ooo, I like the purses idea! Although in my kitchen i’d probably go ahead and screw that sucker in, since I have a lot of seriously heavy pans (no lightweight ikea cookware for me, thx)

  21. Daphne says:

    it’s like a strip pole of pots!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Just think of the possibilities of this vertical storage: backpacks in a mudroom,purses,use in a dorm room, toys,sewing or craft room. Great idea, Andrew!

  23. shine says:

    I really like this!

  24. DJinny says:

    I love the use of vertical space, way too often forgoten!!!

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