One of the most common questions that I get asked is how to organise pots and pans in the kitchen. This is always and amazes me that out of everything this is the thing that most annoys people when it comes to kitchen organisation. I have been asked this question so many times that I thought it was better to finally write a post about it. The way I see it is you have 2 options. The first option is to hide the pans away. I would normally recommend you do this if you have an ugly looking set of pans. If on the other hand you have the best quality pots and pans that are shining and gleaming and you want everybody to see them then there are a number of storage options to leave them on display.
The thing with plans is they take up a lot of space if you live in flat. That is because the handle makes it awkward and takes up a lot of valuable space. Many people decide to stack the pans in order to overcome this issue however with stacking you run the risk of damaging the inside of your pans unless you use a set like the calphalon tri-ply stainless steel 13-piece cookware set. We all know how annoying it can be when the non-stick coating scratches off your pans. This is basically game over and you will be looking for a new set of pans almost immediately. I therefore recommend that your storage solution should be some form of hanging mechanism. If your pans are on show then you could simply add a piece of metal to the ceiling and then hang them up there. Make sure that the pans are not in the way of anybody that enters the kitchen. If you have a shelf in the kitchen then a great tip is to add a bar underneath and then hang the pans from this bar.
I have also seen some people use an old school ladder to hang the pans from. Obviously this will only work if you have a kitchen big enough. Try to be as innovative as possible when looking for an area that would be perfect for hanging your shiny pans.
If hanging the pans is not an option then you will have to look at storage options inside the cupboard. This may be where you already have your pans but they are probably a complete mess and the stacking in his causing them to get scratched. First thing’s first is to think about the lids. Lids can be very awkward so I think of them like plates. There are many storage solutions that you can buy to help you stack plates so simply use one of those and instead of plates just add your pan lids. This should keep them nice and organised and out of your way. The next thing you need to consider is the pans themselves. We have already said that stacking them is not an option so what are we going to do? The best solution that I have seen is to create a bar in the top of the cupboard that can pull out. When you pull the bar out all your pans will be easily accessible. If this is not an option for you then it’s worth checking on Amazon and search in pan storage. Here you will find lots of different solutions where you can stack the pans without putting them on top of each other. Each kitchen will have its own limitations and accessibility so it is your job to take this advice and work out what works best for you.