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Hang Pots and Pans on Pegboard to Maximize Space.

Love to cook, but short on space? Or maybe you don't have the height or desire to hang a pot rack? Consider a pegboard.

Pegboards are not just for the toolshed and garage, they allow you to hang a lot of pots and pans in a small footprint.

In our last two apartments and rental houses, we've used the pegboard method to hang our pots, pans and some of our other kitchen tools. The pegboard is inexpensive and available from big box home improvement stores.

Our current setup is just 2 feet wide by 7 feet high with 16 pots, pans and even my grandmother's old strainer hung up.

Not only is everything within easy reach, but the pans don't get damaged by being stacked into each other.

For this setup I purchased two sheets of 2 feet by 4 feet pegboard. It came white on one side and brown on the other. I also purchased three 8 foot pieces of cheap 1 x 2 lumber. The 1x2's are necessary to create a gap between the wall and the pegboard.

Using 2 1/2" drywall screws, I screwed the 1x2's into the wall studs. This makes sure the pegboard is secure and won't release from the wall. I ran a third piece across the middle where the two pieces of pegboard would meet.

If you don't have wall studs where you need to hang the 1x2s use heavy duty wall anchor screws like these to mount them to the wall. I would use at least 4 on each side to ensure maximum strength.

Then you just use 1" drywall screws to mount the pegboard to the 1x2's.

That's all there is to it.

I've since discovered that even the great Julia Child used pegboards in her home kitchen. So this is not something new, but a classic idea.


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