Add Sneaky Storage to Your Kitchen with a Pot Rail

Add Sneaky Storage to Your Kitchen with a Pot Rail

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Nancy Mitchell
Sep 11, 2014
(Image credit: Balingslov)

I look at a lot of kitchens (it's my job!) and there's been a definite trend in recent years, from traditional upper cabinets to open shelving to maybe a single shelf to no storage above waist height at all. There's a reason for all this minimalism — clearing out the upper cabinets can make a small kitchen seem much more open, and it also makes working at the counter much more pleasant. But then there's the problem of — where are you gonna put all that stuff?

Hang it on the wall! Hanging kitchen utensils on a pot rail is convenient (no opening and closing doors and rumaging), and as these pictures prove, it can be beautiful, too.

Above: multiple pot rails, for differently sized pots and utensils, in a kitchen from Balingslov. The copper of the rails reflects the copper of the faucet, tying the pot rails into the overall scheme of the kitchen.

(Image credit: Svenska Maklarhuset)

In kitchens with a single shelf, mount a pot rail under the shelf to double your storage space. From Svenska Maklarhuset.

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A shiny copper pot rail in a kitchen by Bunker Workshop. You can see more of this kitchen here.

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This is clever: hang baskets from a rail to store sink necessities and dry dishes. These are from IKEA. HusmanHagberg via HGTV.

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A short rail is a great way to hang spoons and tongs so they're always in easy reach. Marie Claire Italy via The Style Files

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One of the smallest homes we've ever featured on Apartment Therapy makes use of a pot rail to squeeze a little extra storage out of a teeny kitchen. From Christopher & Merete's Truly Tiny Home on the Range.

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I love how the pot rail in this kitchen from Gisbert Poeppler becomes a design feature.

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This is an especially elegant look — a rail hanging underneath upper cabinets. From Biografen.

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And finally, from Daniella Witte via Zsa Zsa Bellagio — this may look like a plain old towel rack, but it's also got hooks to keep necessities within easy reach. You'll never dig around in a drawer for the corkscrew ever again.

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