Storage ideas for pans – 10 neat ways to store them

Every kitchen, no matter how big or small, needs a good pot and pan cabinet. It is important to have a plan for storing bulky cookware that can be awkwardly shaped. This is especially true if you use them frequently, even on a daily basis.

It’s frustrating to have to rummage around in your kitchen for a casserole pan or grill pan, only to find that the lids are crashing and the handles are getting in the way. Pots and pans should be placed in a prominent place in the kitchen, preferably near the cooking area. This will make them easily accessible to everyone. It’s important to remember that storing and displaying rows and rows of pots and pans is not just about being practical.

Susan Serra, certified kitchen designer, says that finding kitchen storage to store pots and pans is a priority for all cooks. The good news is that there are a surprising amount of ways and places to keep bulky kitchen equipment. The old cast-iron pot can be transformed into a piece of art by focusing on both aesthetics and functionality.


Pots and Pans are heavy and often used, so storing them may not be the most fun task. Well-organized cookware will revolutionize your kitchen, saving both space and time. Here are ten ideas to revamp your pan storage, from smart ways to organize a kitchen to shelving ideas.

Do a POTS and PANS Audit

It’s important to evaluate what you already have before starting to organize your cookware or pantry. Ask yourself some questions about your pots and saucepans. Are they in good shape with matching lids, for example? Do you really need all of them? Can you store less frequently used items outside the kitchen?

Ask yourself whether you have enough pots and pans. You wouldn’t be able to fit all these on the hob if you did! says Melissa Klink, creative director at Harvey Jones.

My partner was a chef, and we only had three pots, two frying trays (small and large), and one skillet. The right pot won’t make your food better. Give away or recycle anything you don’t use. You should be able to store your pots and pans in a stacked manner easily. I would also recommend using a pegboard to keep your lids.


You don’t need to keep every pot, casserole, and pan within reach of your cooktop or stove. Items that are not used as often, such as the waffle pan, fish poacher, and large stock pot, can easily be stored on a sideboard, in a pantry, or another part of the kitchen. In a small space, it is important to streamline your cookware. However, you can also move items that are not used daily to a larger area to create an efficient storage system.

Sarah Wilkie, cofounder of Home Barn, says that it is sometimes difficult to find a spot for pans in your kitchen. If you’re willing to sacrifice space, opting for larger cabinets can be a simple solution. You can invest in a set of drawers or a cupboard that you can place around the perimeter of the kitchen to hide the pans and not disrupt the flow.

Position yourself near your cookware

Store your pots and pans that are frequently used as close as possible to the cooktop and stove. Cooking will be easier with a well-organized stack that is easily accessible, and you can reach and put it away in seconds. You’ll also save time by knowing that you have your favorite pan at hand.

You can store pots and pans creatively in the kitchen area. For example, you could use a deep drawer under the hob or a rail hanging above the range cooker. Or, you could create a Shaker-style pegboard. You can combine storage options depending on your kitchen’s style and size. If you find that glassware or crockery is taking up valuable storage space in your kitchen’s cook area or working triangle, consider rehoming them to another zone.

Make a ‘Shelfie’ out of pans

You might not want to display pots and pans on open shelves if you like a clean, uncluttered appearance. If you prefer the eclectic country look, nothing is more cosy than a row of burnished copper cookware arranged on solid wood shelves. Hang shelves around the stove to maximize access. This is great for small homes, where the backsplash may be left unused.

Keep in mind that pots, pans, and other kitchenware will need to look pristine if they’re on display for others to see. If possible, stick to one material, such as copper or aluminum. Also, make sure that all handles face the same direction. Do not worry about scratches or a worn patina, as these will only add character to a country-style kitchen. You can make a statement with your kitchen set by using vintage items or colorful enameled pans that match the tiles. The result is a style and personality-filled kit.

Pots and pans are difficult to store in a kitchen. Taja di Leonardi, Mod cabinetry, explains that with so many sizes, shapes, and materials, it is easy to end up with cabinets that are too cluttered or overcrowded.


The most ergonomic way to store cookware is in deep, pull-out drawers. It would be best if you looked for large drawers with smooth runners, which can accommodate heavy pots and trays, as well as bulky casseroles.

Alice Hood, a senior designer at Roundhouse, explains that ‘wide, deep drawers make it easy to see the entire space from a bird’s eye view, rather than having to crouch and dig through a cabinet.

Liz Walton, kitchen designer at interior design company Liz Walton Homes, says lid racks are a great way to store lids in an organized manner. Positioning them under the stovetop or on an island opposite the cooking area will reduce the number of trips around the kitchen. Drawers are a great place to store pots, pans, and other kitchen items. We like deep drawers because they are easy to access. We also added an interior divider to the drawer so that pot lids can be easily misplaced. It’s a way to organize without being overly organized. A system that homeowners can live with. For convenience, we love to add deep drawers underneath a range top or, at the end, an island.