If there is one thing that really drives me bonkers, it’s having a cabinet full of pots and pans and lids that all have to be stacked just right to fit in the cabinet and then if you want anything you have to empty the cabinet to get the pot you want (and good luck finding the right lid). Before we bought a house, we were wandering around Lowe’s looking for ideas and we stumbled upon the Rev-A-Shelf line of products. We were very intrigued. Once we got in our house, we set to measuring cabinets to figure out what sort of organizers we had capacity for.
We settled on the largest cabinet in our kitchen, located next to the fridge. It was larger than the minimum dimensions required and was where we were already storing the pans all stacked up anyway. We headed to Lowe’s with our 10% off coupon to buy this pot organizer. We figured that if it didn’t work we’d just box it up and take it back, but if it DID work, we would be in love. Steve set to work getting this installed.
Here is what we started with. We thought the white shelf in the middle would just pop out…turns out, they REALLY didn’t want that shelf to go anywhere and it was attached very well. Better get the tools out…
As it would turn out, this job is best accomplished using a jig saw, not a Saw Zaw…Lesson learned for you
Shop Vac to the rescue! Man, that thing is handy. This is a very important step, there are a LOT of pieces and the directions were pretty straight forward…be sure to read them carefully!
The shelves are adjustable based on the height of your pans, lids, and cupboard. We have a fairly large cupboard, so we put them all the way up.
Once it was installed, we needed to figure out how our pans would best fit. The nice part is all the dividers are completely moveable so we could make the widths anything we wanted. All of our pans fit!
Steve & Lucy with the finished product.
Lessons learned: the dimensions listed on the box are labelled as “minimum”. They should really be labelled as “ideal” since it was a bit tricky to figure out how to anchor the pot rack and make it solid in our larger than needed cabinet. We also have one really tall lid that won’t fit on the top or bottom and lives beside the pot rack for a moment. We’re on the lookout for a tall, slim organizer that we could possibly put some small baking sheets/cutting boards in to utilize the extra space in our cabinet. We also are hoping to find a nylon coating to spray the dividers with. We are a bit worried about the potential for rubbing on our non-stick pans over time. Overall, the pot rack is really sturdy, the drawers pull out nicely, and it was a definite improvement in our dream of an organized kitchen!
Want more classy cabinet action? Check out Part 2 to see our latest kitchen organizer addition!