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Lid Racks

Martha Stewart Living, May 2004

Pots take up the least space when you nest them, but that leaves the lids with no place to go. Give them a home of their own by installing metal towel bars inside your pantry door. Don't use fancy or bulky bars -- look for simple ones that stand out about 2 inches; mount them only to the rails of solid-core wooden doors. To hang a lid, slide it behind the bar so the knob or handle catches and holds the lid in place.

Comments (21)

  • rausher 22 Apr, 2010

    would like help for my cast iron lids. my pans hang on a rack. the lids are much to heavy for any of these ideas.

  • lyke2design 19 Mar, 2010

    I just dealt with this this past weekend. IKEA has a lid holder that mounts to the inside of any door. It has multiply rails to hold four or five lids each. Also they are very inexpensive, @ $5.00 each. It solved my lid mess.

  • 2ESMOM 19 Mar, 2010

    This is a terrific idea. I have my pots on a pot rack, but the lids are in "lid racks" in the drawer under my oven. It is fine for the small ones, but the others always get caught on the drawer and it won't open. I just hope my pantry doors are the right size for this trick.

  • 4Hobbes 19 Mar, 2010

    Just put lid on pot upside down and you can stack them

  • Nayda 15 Mar, 2009

    because "pots take up the least space when you nest them"

  • efemmeral 8 Mar, 2009

    Call me crazy but why not simply put the lid on the pot?

  • elskbrev 7 Mar, 2009

    Consider the scratch damage to the cabinet door what with the continual insertion and removal of these lids. Better to mount a thin sheet of plywood or plexi to the panel before installing the towel bars.

  • JCsMelodie 7 Mar, 2009

    This method on the door is not doable for a rentor, however, especially if you have glass lids, like I do, that are too heavy for this type of mounting. Of course the alternatives are not to hang, but to "file sort". For instance, like the "letter sorters " you could get that have dividers tall enough but not too tall to hold the lids that would sit inside the cabinet. The fullness of the lid sits down inside the separator. But it would be nice to have them out of the way

  • sierralion 6 Mar, 2009

    I'd have a tough time finding a solid core wooden door anywhere in my kitchen or my whole house for that matter. Pantry??? I thought I saw awhile back directions for a wall mounted lid rack...??

  • DawnSW 6 Mar, 2009

    These lids in the picture look pretty heavy. I would not do this for heavy lids - I think the weight of eg Le Creuset lids would pretty quickly pull the rack off the door, damaging it irreparably. the exception would be if you could fasten the rack much more strongly than normal, with several mounting points and into solid wood

  • kenji 6 Mar, 2009

    what happens when you take a lid off the rack? Looks like they kind of "nest" together...I'm with Laurel Lou on this, I put lid on pot upside down and then stack a smaller pan on top.

  • JoleeC 6 Mar, 2009

    I keep my lids right on the pans. That way when you grab the pan the lid is with it.

  • hpjunkie24 6 Mar, 2009

    the bottom of my oven has a "warming drawer" i think thats what its called i put my lids there and i have a pot rack for my pots and pans...just an idea...

  • Osirissoy 6 Mar, 2009

    Only problem I see with this idea is that it will scratch up your door.

  • Laurel_Lou 6 Mar, 2009

    I don't think this would work for my cabinets. I turn the lid upside down on its matching pot, then put a pot or pan on top, turn its lid upside down, then do the next size. The lids are always with their pot.

  • Pamasaurus 6 Mar, 2009

    wow, gr8 idea. jennymcn, You should measure at least 4 times before screwing in them into the doors. Once you measure twice you'll realize ho the doors will close then perfect your image w/ 2 more measurements.

  • lbuser 6 Mar, 2009

    You can get these towel bars at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware (Tru-Value) and Target. Probably at WalMart but I haven't looked there. You mount the towel bars so they don't line up with the shelves. Most shelves fit behind the cabinet frame and nearly all doors fit in front of the frame, so you just close the door. Don't get fancy towel bars or they will stick too far into the cabinet. Otherwise, they will fit fine.

  • Naynay 6 Mar, 2009

    You could also hang them in your cabinets if you store them under your cooktop.

  • jennymcn 6 Mar, 2009

    How do you close the cabinet door when there are shelves inside?

  • TheVoice16 17 Apr, 2008

    Can you recommend where to find these types of towel bars? The only ones I have been able to find extend out more that 2 inches.

  • rlhrlh 2 Mar, 2008

    Brilliant! Thanks for the idea.