How do you store your pots and pans? Getting new cabinets and wondering about a pot drawer?

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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:06:03 AM
Currently I store pots and pans from a pot rack hanging from the ceiling which I LOVE. But we are doing some remodeling and will not have the space for the hanging rack.
We are getting new cabinets and the cabinetmaker is telling me that Pot drawers are the way to go.

How do you store your pots and are you happy with it?


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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:21:17 AM
I have pot drawers, but what I'd really like is a roll out shelf. When I stack my pans, they're a pain to dig down thru in the drawer. A shelf would make it much easier.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:36:21 AM
I have something like this that I ordered from Amazon and it works wonderfully. I store all my pots and frying pans (stacked) on the pull out shelf and we have a short wooden shelf (like the one pictured) and I keep muffin tins, cake pans and the like up there. Love it!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:38:22 AM
Our stovetop is in on/in a kitchen island. Under the stovetop there are cabinets with a shelf that is the same depth as my pots. They go there. The bottom of the cabinet is deeper. This is where I my crockpot, electric frying pan and roasting pan.

We have a double wall oven. Over top it has 4 upright slots. One holds my baking pans, one my sheet pans and cooling racks, and such.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:39:12 AM
We have deep cabinets in our center island with double cabinet doors. You have to open both cabinets doors and then there are drawers in there. The drawer is probably 3' x 3' with shallow sides, so it holds a lot, which I love. It is a little bit of a hassle to get in and out of them.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:44:36 AM
I have a shallow roll-out drawer in the peninsula next to the stove that I store them in. I love it because it's convenient and easy.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:06:52 AM
We put two deep drawers under the stove top for pots, and lids. The bottom drawer hold mostly my larger baking pans like my bunt pans. We decided on the drawer instead of a pull out shelf with two cabinet doors because I liked the eas of just pulling open the drawer. With the shelf you have to open both cabinet doors, then pull out the shelf. My parents and inlaws have this set up and the doors are constantly hitting the shelves and getting scratched when they are being used.
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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:14:30 AM
We remodeled our kitchen earlier this year and I had all of my cabinets replaced with drawers. I love them!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:16:10 AM
I have a shelf in a cupboard under my stove top that I stack my pots and pans on. A shelf that pulls out would be nice as I have to reach into the far back for a few of them. I use a separate large drawer for all the lids. I love the lid drawer as more than one pan shares the lids so I don't want to store the lids with the pans. It is easy to grab the correct lid from the drawer. I have a different cupboard for all the cookie sheets, muffin tins, etc. and those slide in on their sides so it is easy to take one out.

I would suggest lining the pan shelf with some heavy duty plastic liner as my shelf got a little scratched up from sliding the pans in and out and sometimes they are a bit damp from the dishwasher which made small water spots on my shelf as well. Wish I had lined the shelf when we first moved in. I bought the shelf liner at Bed, Bath and Beyond and it has ridges on it for air circulation. I have lined all my cupboards with this stuff and love it. The dishes/glasses can slide across it without it bumping up like some liner does and it is super easy to wipe off if something spills on it.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:17:49 AM
We have a 2 drawer pot cabinet. I love it, but I agree that you
still have to dig through them a bit.
I wish we had added a slim cabinet for cookie sheets/muffin tins
to be stored upright.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:19:32 AM
We have roll-out shelves for pots & pans in our remodeled kitchen. I like the ease of this system, though I don't think any pots & pans storage system is perfect. It is a matter if what you are used to or think you can get used to.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:25:05 AM
2 drawers. I love it.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:50:21 AM
I have 2 pot drawers and am very happy with that set up. I would go with the exact same thing if I was to move.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:57:10 AM
All of my lower cabinets are drawers. Not door with drawers behind them, just drawers. And they pull out all the way, you can get hardware for that. I LOVE them! Would highly recommend it.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:01:54 AM
I have mine in two drawers. The drawers are one of my favorite features in my kitchen. I do have to say, though, that the drawers can get very heavy. I used to have all the pots & pans in one drawer and all the lids in the other. It was CRAZY heavy that way! So now I have my most often used pots/pans and lids in the top drawer, and the less used ones in the bottom. Works great!

P.S. I still store my cast iron skillet in the oven. Don't really have a reason for that, just have always done it.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:04:33 AM
I am having cabinets installed right now (waiting on uppers) and did drawers in all of the lowers. Mistake. I should have done one with doors, because none of the drawers are deep enough for my pasta pot. *cue sad trombone*

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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:11:57 AM
I have a hanging pot rack INSIDE one of my uppers. Love it.



With lid rack and storing extra stuff


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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:13:01 AM
We have a pot drawer (really it's a pull out shelf inside a bottom cabinet). I'm not crazy about it. I have to stack the pots and pans in there and getting them in and out can sometimes be a pain. I like the pot storage we had when I was a kid. My mom hung her pots and pans on a pegboard hung in the basement stairway (basement stairs were off the kitchen). Out of the way yet close at hand. I love the hanging pots inside the cabinet, though!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:19:49 AM
I have a turn table inside of a double corner cabinet. I it. It has 2 levels and spins completely around for easy access.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:20:33 AM
I have a large cabinet (bottom of counter, not above) and they all go in there. They are stacked inside each other.

Its ok, I don't complain about it, but if I could redo my kitchen Id definitely go with something different. I don't know what!

It can get tedious bending over and digging through to the back of the cabinet to get one of my bigger (less frequently used) pots out when I do need it.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:22:25 AM
In this house I have the deep pull out drawers - and I solove them
For years I had very limited and shallow shallow storage - so I love my deep pull out drawers!!!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 12:08:29 PM
I have drawers in my kitchen. I have my pots and pans in 4 of the drawers. Love it!!

I have all my cookie sheets, pizza stones, and casserole pans in a divided cabinet above my oven/microwave. I love that they are store horizontally so I don't have to dig through them to get something out. There is also some storage above for odds & ends. I use it to keep my plastic containers from take out.

I did also put a couple of cabinets for appliances. I think you need a mix of the two.








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Posted: 10/6/2012 1:11:07 PM
Love the upper hanging pans! Very creative! How wide are those cabinets?


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Posted: 10/6/2012 1:18:41 PM

In this house I have the deep pull out drawers - and I so love them
For years I had very limited and shallow shallow storage - so I love my deep pull out drawers!!!


THIS^^^ We had them in our last kitchen and LOVED them. Our new house has a lazy susan...YUCK -I HATE IT!!!!!
Our drawers were the best thing about our kitchen storage!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 2:18:06 PM
I know you said you no longer have room for a pot rack. In 26yrs of marriage, we've lived in 13 different homes in 4 different countries. In this house, I got a pot rack for the first time and I LOVE it!

I LOVE being able to reach over my kitchen island, see what I need and grab the right pot without the banging and digging that I ALWAYS ended up doing with stacked pots (in drawers or shelves). My pot rack has a grid on top of it where the lids sit - alway easy to see and grab the right one. Easy to put away, easy to access. Plus it just looks really cool!

I'd be working REALLY hard to find a way to install a pot rack in my new kitchen. But that's me.

You'll have to let us know what you end up going with and a review after you live with it for a few months!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:20:26 PM
In our remodeled kitchen we have two extra heavy duty pot and pan drawers.
The runners are capable of holding lots of weight.
They slide out practically at the touch of a finger!
Custom made- probably the best thing we did!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:31:42 PM
I have mine in a corner cupboard with a lazy susan. It works great for us, easy to have access to all our pots, pans and lids.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:55:39 PM
I didn't think I would like it at first, but I absolutely love it. I will have to say I only have one drawer, but it holds enough. I have a small family and actually don't cook every night.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:07:23 PM
We have a giant pot drawer. Nothing gets lost in there, I love it.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:14:18 PM
My favorite cabinets are the pot drawers under our cooktop, the tall tray cabinet and the trash/recyclables drawer. Love 'em all!


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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:58:10 PM
drawers. I'm planning to have my regular base cabinets changed to drawers. Better you can pull them out to you rather than have to crawl into them looking for something.

you can get full extension hardware if needed. Easier access with that on the drawers.




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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:05:58 PM
Currently ours are stored on opening shelving that is quite low. I'm always finding cat hairs on the glass lids when I go to use a pot. If there is no glass lid with the item I feel the need to rinse it out before using.

Anyway, with a renovation we are doing there will be 1 set of pot/pan deep drawers and pull out shelves for the other lower cabinets. I've had pull out shelves before and love them.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:11:27 PM
I have mine in a lazy susan cabinet. I would love to have a hanging pot holder.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:21:04 PM
I have a hanging pot rack, which I love! Before they were just in a cabinet and a pain to get to. Drawers would be nice! I hate digging for what I want.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:55:44 AM
ScrappingHappy what are those rails called?
We are closing on our first home this month and I like the look of the "hook rail" that you have in the picture.
I think I can use that and it will be easier to find what I need in there.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:14:45 AM
I have two deep pot drawers. One I use for pots, and the other we use for small appliances. I also have two slim upright cabinets for cookie sheets, muffin tins, & pizza stones. My kitchen also has two lower corner cabinets with lazy susans. I'm not thrilled with those. Seems like wasted space to me, but maybe I just need to organize them better. We use one for odd storage containers like pitchers, cake carriers, pie carriers, ect. The other we use for the girls dishes and cereal in containers so they can easily reach them.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:38:48 AM
I have two deep pot drawers and love them! Deep is the key to easy access!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:45:46 AM
I have two cupboard doors underneath my cooktop that house two sturdy pull-out shelves each. Pots and pans go on these, with lids going in an adjacent large, deep drawer. Works perfectly for me. I've lived in many houses, and this is the first time I've had pull-outs but I will NEVER be without them again! They make life so much easier
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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:36:56 PM
WOW!! I am LOVING this thread!

We are moving into a new house in a few months... and I am rethinking all my kitchen organization...

WHAT is that hook hanging rack thing called and where do I get one? I am going to measure to see if that would fit in the new place.

Also, I am going to have one of those corner double decker turn table things. I had one in a previous house and H.A.T.E.D. it.

Make me love it.... what did you do to it to LOVE it???


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Posted: 10/7/2012 11:46:00 PM
Combo of a hanging pot wrack and a corner lazy susan style cabinet.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 1:07:59 AM
We decided on the drawer instead of a pull out shelf with two cabinet doors because I liked the eas of just pulling open the drawer. With the shelf you have to open both cabinet doors, then pull out the shelf. My parents and inlaws have this set up and the doors are constantly hitting the shelves and getting scratched when they are being used
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This is exactly why we are going with pot drawers instead of the pull out shelves in our remodel. While the pull out shelves are better than a regular cabinet, the drawers will be a huge improvement.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:29:43 AM
When we remodeled, I put mostly drawers on the bottom cabinets. Best decision I made. But seeing that hanging pot rack cabinet is pretty cool. And I also made sure I had a cabinet for my cookie sheets to be stored vertically. That was top priority.


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I have pot drawers, but what I'd really like is a roll out shelf. When I stack my pans, they're a pain to dig down thru in the drawer. A shelf would make it much easier.



when I designed my kitchen I had a big miscommunication with my designer. (kitchen designer I was using was fired and her replacement didn't quite get the memo)

I wanted a pots and pans drawer. Convinced that was the way to go. The designer, in an effort to make my design symmetrical, didn't give me drawers by the stove. It's cabinets with pull outs. I was so disappointed- that is until I actually started using my kitchen. I have a few things on each pull out and it's very easy to maneuver. The drawer would've been a nightmare to dig through. I'm very very happy with the pull outs!






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Posted: 10/8/2012 7:56:49 AM
The cabinet is 30" wide. The rack is a Huntington Bar Pot Rack which we cut down to 30" from 36".

We turned the mounting hooks over to give us more hanging hooks and iirc, we also purchased an additional pack of hooks. We placed the hooks where we wanted them, then bolted the bar to the shelf. The shelf height is adjustable so we could adjust the height of the bar by moving the shelf.

Here's another picture of it that the cabinet guy took. Our cabinets are 15" deep so that large 15" saute pan just fits. Dh made me the lid rack but those you can also get at Crate and Barrel.





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