How to Build a Cabinet Pan Rack


One of the worst problems in kitchen organization is how to sort and segregate pans and lids. The solution is to build a custom cabinet with hooks for pots and pans, shelves for bake ware and racks for lids. Cooking is a lot more fun when you can quickly put your hand on the right tool. Cabinets are a basic box with a hinged door. The magic organization happens on the inside, and you can design it to suit yourself.

Build and Hang the Cabinet

Step 1

Have the lumber company cut and miter all wood according to measurements. Sand wood with medium and then fine grit sandpaper. Stain all wood, both sides, with two thin coats of stain, drying thoroughly between coats. Finish with two or three coats of acrylic, drying thoroughly between coats.

Step 2

Build the carcass by attaching the sides and top pieces to the plywood with wood screws. Use the drill to start pilot holes. Be sure to drop a bit of wood glue into each screw hole for a better bond. Attach the front-facing strips with wood screws.

Step 3

Use the three brass hinges to attach the door front. Screw the knob into the middle of the door opposite the hinges.

Step 4

Locate the studs on the wall where you will hang your cabinet. Drill through the cabinet back and into the studs. Place some glue in the holes and screw the cabinet to the wall.


Step 1

Follow package instructions to hang the rod at the top of the cabinet. Put it as close to the top as you can because the pot hooks will hang down from the rod.

Step 2

Hang the largest pan and measure 6 inches beneath that mark. Place the first bake ware shelf here. You may put in two or three shelves depending upon your needs.

Step 3

Take the final piece of wood and drill 1/2-inch holes opposite each other every 4 inches down the length of the board. Put a drop of wood glue in each hole and use the hammer to tap in a pair of dowels. These dowels will hold lids on their edges. You may move some of the dowels closer together to accommodate smaller lids. Permanently attach the lid rack to the bottom inside of the cabinet with wood screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Closet carcass:
  • 1/2 by 48 by 72-inch plywood for the back
  • 1/2 by 24 by 48-inch alder for top and bottom (2)
  • 1/2 by 24 by 72-inch alder for the two sides (2)
  • 1/2 by 48 by 3-inch alder front-facing for top and bottom, mitered (2)
  • 1/2 by 72 by 3-inch alder front-facing for sides, mitered (2)
  • Door:
  • 1/2 by 66 by 42-inch alder
  • 3 medium brass hinges
  • 1 brass knob
  • Interior:
  • 4 feet of closet rod with hangers
  • Several pot hooks
  • 1/2 by 34 by 48-inch alder shelving (2)
  • 1/2 by 34 by 48-inch alder shelving for lid rack
  • 1/2 dowels (20)
  • Miscellaneous:
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Stud finder
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Stain
  • Acrylic finish
  • Disposable foam brushes
  • Medium and fine grit sandpaper


  • Videos on cabinet building
  • Six ways to hang a cabinet on the wall
  • How to install a closet rod
Keywords: Cabinets, hinged door, Pot and pan rod, Shelving, lid rack

About this Author

Pat Olsen has over 35 years of experience as a professional journalist in California. She attended San Francisco State and Pacific College. Olsen has several published books, is a staff writer for Mill Creek Living Magazine, and currently writes for Demand Studio. She is a retired educator who still teaches twice a week.

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