Where to Put Holiday Pots, Pans and Platters the Rest of the Year
If your holiday meal plans involve large cooking and serving vessels, consider these 9 kitchen storage options
My husband loves to cook and has a passion for accumulating large roasting pans, cooking pots and serving platters to use for our big holiday feasts. Unfortunately, his habits meant that the one-bedroom apartment where we previously lived eventually started to look like a restaurant-supply store. So when we moved to a new home and decided to renovate the kitchen, planning for sufficient storage was a priority.
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.
Storage Options for Big Pots
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.
3. Hanging shelf. If you don’t like the cluttered look of hanging pots but still like the idea of displaying them, consider a hanging shelf. This shelf above a big kitchen island has the industrial feel of a pot rack, but it looks neat and tidy. The shelf keeps the ceiling plane open, which makes the room feel larger, compared to solid shelves or cabinets. Hanging shelves can also be a great spot to display plants and serving dishes.
5. Blind corner. There are many new storage solutions available for corner cabinets, but I think this organizer is my favorite. It has four large shelves, all of which pull all the way out of the cabinet. These awkward corners provide large storage that can work well for your biggest pots.
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.