Having a neat and organized kitchen is one way to make cooking an easier experience. Unfortunately, cookware can be bulky and frustrating to store. Whether your kitchen is large or small, keeping things in easy-to-access areas isn't always a simple task. Baking pans come in so many different shapes and sizes that storing them in a cabinet can make them challenging to get to. Fortunately, there are ways to get those baking pans looking and staying organized. We've done the research and have gathered the best ways to arrange your baking pans.
Here are some baking pan storage options:
- Hanging behind cabinet doors
- Hanging from the ceiling
- On shelves or hanging from walls
- On pull-out drawers for cabinets
- Use vertical pan organizers
- Utilize baking pan racks
- Use dividers in drawers
While organizing your baking pans can be difficult, it isn't impossible. Keep reading to learn how to use these methods, if you can store baking pans in the oven, and how to store cooling racks.
Baking Pan Storage
Behind Doors (Pantry and Cabinet)
The backs of the pantry or cabinet doors are an ideal space to store extra kitchen supplies. Anything from baking pans and lids to spices can be stored on a door.
Options for behind-the-door storage include over-the-door hanging, mounted to the door, or even "taped" hooks, which are great for lids. This storage method is perfect for any size kitchen. Behind the door, storage adds more storage without taking up any counter space, which can be especially helpful in a smaller kitchen. The option to either hang over the door or drill into a cabinet also makes these great for homeowners and renters alike.
Ceiling pot racks are great for getting your frying, sauce, and baking pans out of the way. This method saves you a ton of cabinet space because of how much can be stored on a ceiling rack. However, due to that weight, it can be challenging to install. It's essential to make sure that your ceiling rack is mounted to a support beam in your ceiling. Unfortunately, there isn't a drill-free option for ceiling hanging. That makes this method a better choice for homeowners rather than renters. Due to the height of a ceiling rack, this may be less practical for shorter individuals.
Using wall space is an easy way to organize and free up some space. There are items created specifically for holding cookware, but you could also hang regular shelves for storage. When selecting a wall-hanging storage system, try to get one that comes with a shelf and not just the hooks. This will allow you to store multiple types of pans, even those without any built-in storage holes.
When using a wall hanging storage system, it's important to make sure that you use support beams. This will make sure the heavy weight doesn't damage your room. Since it involves drilling into a wall, this method isn't great for people who are renting.
Pull-out Drawers for Cabinets
Pull-out drawers not only help you save space, but they make reaching the items in the back easier to reach. Depending on the size of your cabinets, you can create multiple levels of roll-out shelves. This allows you to store double what you usually could and still reach everything easily.
With the pull-out drawer method, you can either buy a kit or make the drawer yourself. Whichever method you choose, measuring your cabinet is the first important step. This will ensure that you get a drawer that will fit. From there, you'll need to drill and install your new drawer. To install a pull-out drawer, you will need to drill into your cabinet. So, this may not be the best for people who are renting or live in apartments.
Vertical Pan Organizers
The vertical pan organizer isn't just good for saute pans. These are great for baking pans, especially taller pans, such as cake or loaf pans. These vertical organizers mean you can continue to stack your pans, but you can also easily access the one you need.
This organization method is great in many situations. You can use this within pantries, in cabinets, or even stored on your counters.
Baking Pan Racks
This kind of rack resembles a file storage system. A baking pan rack keeps all of your pans, sheets, and tins collected together on their sides. Storing them in this manner means you don't have to shuffle pans around until you find the one you want.
It's easy to organize your baking pans however you want with this storage method. They fit well in cabinets, in pantries, or just on the countertop. Since there's no hardware and nothing to mount to a wall, these are great for both homeowners and renters. While most should be fine using a nonadjustable pan rack, an adjustable rack will be the better choice if you have large or oddly shaped pans.
Partition dividers or tension rods
Dividers are best used in drawers. You can purchase drawer dividers or makeshift your own from tension rods. These work in the same manner that a pan rack would. The dividers keep everything sitting upright and on their sides as opposed to sliding around the drawer. This method is also handy for keeping lids neat and organized.
This method is great for both owners and renters because there is no drilling involved. It's also great for kitchens of all sizes.
Storage racks are a great organization option for the kitchen. There are small and slim designs for smaller spaces and more elaborate storage for bigger places. The narrow storage racks are great for baking pans and sheets, as well as pantry staples. Depending on the type of storage rack you get, you can also utilize partition dividers to separate your pans better.
Where should baking pans be stored?
Where you should store baking pans is going to vary for every kitchen. Ideally, you'll want to store your pots and pans in an easy-to-reach spot that's close to the oven. Keeping the supplies you need for the stove close by makes food preparation easier in the long run.
Can you store baking pans in the oven? [including oven drawer]
Baking pots and pans can be stored in the oven as long as they are oven safe. Most baking pans should be fine. However, if you're thinking about storing a sauce or saute pan in the oven, double-check the bottom of it for an oven-safe marking. If your item isn't resistant to heat or can catch on fire, don't store it in the oven.
The drawer underneath your oven can have several uses, depending on the model of the oven. This drawer can be a warming drawer, a broiler, and it can just be a storage place for pots and pans. Verify with your manual or get in contact with your oven's manufacturers to be sure what the drawer for your specific oven is used for. Whenever you do store items in the oven drawer, ensure that they are oven-safe. This is still important for the drawer because heat from the oven can seep down and potentially melt items below.
How do you store a cooling rack?
Cooling racks have many of the same storage options as baking pans do. You can use baking pan organizers, baskets behind doors, or drawer dividers in deep drawers. Cooling racks could even be stored by hanging them directly on the wall.
There are many different unique ways to organize the baking pans in your kitchen. These organization methods can even be done with common household items, like a file organizer. No matter your style or how many pans you have, it's possible for you to have a more organized kitchen.
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