Tips on Hanging a Pot Rack

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When you receive your new pot rack, you will also find easy-to-read installation instructions, and the necessary hardware (usually ceiling hooks and screw hooks) are included.  You need normal household tools and supplies on hand. These include a drill, a pencil, pliers and a ruler, and a method of locating ceiling joists such as a stud finder.

Install a Hanging Pot Rack

Your hanging pot rack must be mounted into solid wood and that is why you need to know where your ceiling joists are. Joists are parallel beams from wall to wall to support the ceiling. An electronic, sonic, or magnetic stud finder can be used to locate your ceiling joists.

Consider the weight of the pot rack itself and the cookware to be placed on it. The pot rack, when loaded with utensils, is quite heavy. An installed pot rack should hold the hanging weight of a 200 pound person. Therefore, it is critical to thread the ceiling screw hook into a wood joist.

If your joist runs parallel with the pot rack, you can mount it by drilling two holes in the same joist. If your joists are perpendicular, however, then you need to find another way to hang it. The easiest way to solve this problem is to use a ceiling plate. A ceiling plate has two eye bolts. They are attached to a plate that has holes drilled in it at the distance apart that your joists are. The ceiling plate is mounted into the ceiling, and the rack hangs from the plate.

The hanging pot rack must be attached directly to structural framing members. Mounting your pot rack to wallboard, plaster, etc., even if using toggle bolts is not adequate.

Hanging pot racks are generally designed for a 9-foot ceiling. If your ceiling is higher than this, your pot rack will need to be lowered. One option is a chain. The advantage with a chain is that it is flexible; if you are off in your measurement, you can simply take it up a link to make it shorter. Enclume chains are sold in 1-foot segments but will be cut to meet your specifications. The other option is extension hooks, which come in 5″, 7″, 10″ and 15″ lengths. Please note that chain and extension hooks are considered accessories and need to be added to your pot rack purchase.

It is best to have someone assist in hanging your pot rack to avoid injury and just to help with the positioning. If your pot rack includes a grid, it is best to remove the grid before installation.

Install a Wall Mounted Pot Rack

Like hanging pot racks, you must consider the weight of the wall mounted pot rack itself and the cookware to be placed on it. An installed rack should hold the hanging weight of a 200 pound person. Therefore, it is critical to thread the lag bolt into the wall stud. Studs are the upright posts in the framework of a wall that support the drywall or wall covering.

Installing wall mounted pot racks into brick masonry or metal require special mounting considerations and additional hardware specific for that purpose, such as, masonry expansion bolts. Consulting a professional in your area to review all aspects of this type of installation should be informative and beneficial to achieve a proper installation.

Install a Lighted Pot Rack

Installing a lighted pot rack generally follows the same procedures as installing a hanging pot rack. However, the electrical component and weight need to be factored in. A lighted pot rack can be heavy, weighing over 50 lbs and it is a good idea to have someone assist in the installation.

We recommend you adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions you received when you purchased your pot rack. This is for your own safety. Improper installation could cause your pot rack to fall and possibly cause damage or injury.

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