HOW TO HANG YOUR POT RACK
Congratulations- you’ve arranged your slats to fit your lids.
and you’ve attached the hanging assembly.
Now to hang your pot rack-
I designed my pot rack to give you options-
where and how high to hang your pot rack.
But first you have to find the joists in your ceiling.
JOISTS-what are joists?
Remember when you hung a picture on your wall?
Since it was a heavy picture you had to make sure
the nail you hammered into the wall went into a stud and
not just into the sheet rock, otherwise the picture might fall.
Sheet rock isn’t very strong. Hang a heavy mirror on the nail that goes only
into the sheet rock and not into the stud and you might spend time
picking up shards of glass from the floor.
Studs are the 2x4s in the wall,
that’s what the sheet rock is attached to.
Well, what about the sheet rock on your ceiling?
The studs in your ceiling (they’re usually 2x6s) are called
ceiling joists and they’re set on 16″ centers.
I built this ceiling mock-up in my shop.
You can see the ends of the 2×6 joists.
The large S-hooks in the hanging bar are 32″ apart,
so they line up nicely with the spacing of the joists.
Your CLOUD LIFT pot rack, with all the pots and pans is pretty heavy
so make sure the hooks you screw into the ceiling go into the joists.
The instructions that come with other pot racks suggest that
with special dry wall anchors you can place these
ceiling hooks anywhere, even BETWEEN the joists.
DON’T DO IT.
These anchors may be strong enough to hold 100 pounds,
but the sheet rock might have a defect or perhaps
the sheet rock wasn’t properly installed or ???
TAKE THE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT.
Get a stud finder, mark the center of the joists,
get your drill and tape measure or
hire someone who knows how to do the job right.
I’m working on a You Tube video that will explain all this,
but in the meantime check the web for instructional videos.
I take no responsibility for damage or injury if your pot rack is
NOT PROPERLY HUNG.
What if you want to hang your pot rack over an island
for example, and the joists are NOT where you need them to be?
I attached a 1×3 to the ceiling with 3″ long screws.
Now I can place the hooks
anywhere along the 1×3 and thus position the rack where I want.
I can supply you with a 1×3 (either beech or mahogany)
long enough to go into 4 joists.
Alternatively, you can buy a 1×3 or a 1×4 at the lumberyard
and paint it to match your ceiling.
Make sure the 1x is a substantial wood-avoid pine or cedar-
these woods may not be strong enough.
Finally, what’s the most convenient height
for your pot rack?
That depends on the height of your ceiling (8ft is standard), how tall you are
and how far down your pots hang.
If you have an 8ft ceiling,
and you install the pot rack with just the hanging assembly like this-
then the bottom of the rack, (and the top of the pot handles)
will be 74″ off the floor.
TO GET THE RACK LOWER you can add chain between the S-hooks in the
hanging assembly and the ceiling hooks.
Now the bottom of the rack is around 68″ high.
If you want the rack to hang even lower, or if you have a higher ceiling,
you’ll need more chain. I can supply it.
If you’re tall,
you might want to raise the pot rack higher.
In that case forget the hanging assembly altogether and just use chains.
Now the bottom of the rack is 92″ high.
Be careful though,-if you hang your rack too close to the ceiling
you might not have enough room for some lids.
HANGING YOUR POT RACK
First- determine the height. Have your helper hold up
the rack with a pot hanging from it.
Now decide how high you want the rack to hang.
This measurement will determine whether you use
the hanging assembly with/without chains or just chains.
WHERE YOU HANG YOUR POT RACK
attached to the ceiling joists or not, will dictate whether
you’ll need to attach any 1x3s to the ceiling.
And you thought you were going to simply take the rack
out of the box and have it up in 5-10 minutes.
The effort you put into hanging your rack correctly will be worth it.
YOUR CLOUD LIFT POT RACK
WILL BE A FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL ADDITION TO YOUR KITCHEN.