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A Copper Pot Rack Cheap & Easy

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For me, the use of copper in a kitchen evokes thoughts of old European style, like the copper cookware one finds in the classical French kitchen. Of course, one of the last things I need (at least, according to my husband), is another piece of cookware. He’s partially right; I do have a lot, and I’m running out of places to put them. This problem was made even worse when we had to replace our stove; the storage drawer was half the size of my old stove’s, leaving me with no place to put some of my frying pans!

Cheap & Easy Copper Pot Rack - feature

So, to solve my storage issue and to add a bit of copper to my kitchen, I decided to install a small pot rack. Unfortunately, the ones I liked were a bit expensive for my preference, so I decided to hit my local hardware store to get the supplies to make one!

Supplies Used

  • 3-foot length of pre-cut copper pipe
  • 2-foot length of heavy copper wire, cut into 6-inch pieces
  • 2 bell hangers/clamps

Cheap & Easy Copper Pot Rack - tools

Tool List

  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper or File
  • Level
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hacksaw or heavy-duty wire cutters (possibly optional)
  • Metal Rod or Solid Wood Dowel, similar in size to copper pipe
  • Pliers
  • Clamp
  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves (optional)

Cheap & Easy Copper Pot Rack - using level

Step 1. Choose a place to install the rack, then using the level, mark locations and attach the bell hangers.

Step 2. Open the clamps on the bell hangers, slide in the copper pipe, and tighten the clamps down onto the pipe.

Cheap & Easy Copper Pot Rack - cutting hooks
Step 3. If you’re using pre-made s-hooks, you can skip this step. Take your wire pieces, and using your metal rod or wooden dowel, carefully bend the lengths into s-shapes. Use the pliers for a better grip and to refine the curve if needed. Sand or file the ends if they are sharp.

NOTE: Do NOT use your copper pipe as the jig for this step. It is too soft and could bend while you are shaping the hooks. I used a short piece of metal rebar that I had on hand, but whatever you use to shape the hooks should be solid and in similar size to your copper pipe.

Cheap & Easy Copper Pot Rack - bend hooks
Step 4. After hooks are shaped, place them on the rack, and start hanging your pots!

Project Time: 30 minutes, start to finish
Total Cost: Under $10!

Cheap & Easy Copper Pot Rack - finished

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Deanna Tratensek
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Deanna Tratensek is a graduate student in sociology with an emphasis on family systems. She writes about travel, food issues, home improvement, organization and more. Deanna also serves as the Chief Operations Officer of the Tratensek family house, where she oversees a staff including her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a turtle.

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