Where to Put Holiday Pots, Pans and Platters the Rest of the Year
Here are some of my favorite kitchen storage ideas for those big items not frequently used. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation or just dreaming of one for now, consider these options.
1. Hanging pot rack. A hanging rack makes storing large items easy, but there are a few things to consider to get this type of storage right. First, measure your large pots and pans before hanging the rack. You’ll want to hang racks low enough that you can reach the pots but not so low that you will hit your head on them. Also, if the rack is above an island or peninsula, make sure pots and pans do not block your line of sight.
Simple pot racks can be an inexpensive storage solution and are available with added features such as lighting. Custom creations, like the large pot rack shown here, can be more costly, but consider the money you’re saving by not building extra cabinetry for the storage. When designing your kitchen, keep the pot rack simple and let the focus be on the pots.
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6. Storage bench. Maybe your roasting pan isn’t so pretty or space is at a premium in your kitchen. Think outside the cabinet and maximize unused spaces. Storage benches are a good spot to keep rarely used platters and pans because they are out of the way but still close by. The storage bench shown here adds extra seating to the breakfast table and extra color to the kitchen. Cushions keep it comfortable and finished looking.