Kitchen: How Do You Like to Store Pots and Pans?

What is it that you look at when you walk into a kitchen – at a friend’s, relatives’, your own or at a store? My eyes advertently scan the space for a clutter-free counter, organized pantry storage, layout, and to my surprise, how the pots and pans are stored.

I spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchen cooking regular food or trying out new recipes and desserts for my son. Though keeping kadais and pans in the open makes for easy access and helps in drying naturally after washing them, I think it is an eyesore. Currently, I store my pans in a stainless steel stand over the sink and kadais in a large pullout drawer like the one below. I’d prefer to stash them away in cabinets but find most Indian modular kitchens ill-equipped in that area.

Pullout Drawer Utensil Storage

Pullout Drawer Utensil Storage

The way it’s neatly hung with the help of hooks in the picture below doesn’t look all that bad. Is it the effect of books on the racks above that takes the focus of the pots and pans?

Pots and Pans

Pots and Pans

One other idea I often come across is to hang them from the ceiling over an island. This again doesn’t appeal to me much. Maybe it’s not practical in our small apartment kitchens.  If the cookware were black in color, it would have looked great in this one. What do you think ?

Pots and Pans Rack Over an Island

Pots and Pans Rack Over an Island

Numerous hooks in a pullout to hand small pans makes for a great storage system. Clutter-free and everything hidden on the inside. The drawback, of course, is you cannot hand too many of them within that space.

Pullout Storage

Pullout Storage

Notice the pullout shelves below the cooktop to keep kadais and pans.  I liked this the best of all.

Pullout drawers

Pullout drawers

What is your preferred mode of utensil storage? Out in the open or closed following a routine of wash-drain-and-wipe?

Image Courtesy:

Elle Decor via House and Home

House Beautiful

Kitchenbathideas

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