Multi-part question and looking for recommendations!
So, our kitchen is fairly poorly laid out, with not a lot of space for anything. There's not a lot that can be done about this until we can save enough to just gut it. However, recently we have had a small chunk of space open up. Above the oven, someone had mounted a massive, monstrous over-the-oven microwave, strapping the thing to the wall with steels bars as though it might otherwise escape and devour all lifeforms. Recently, this thing died a sparky death, and we were relieved to finally have an excuse to get rid of it.
So now we have all this... space
above the oven. And with storage at a premium and pots living on top of the oven, and on the floor, and in the dish drainer, we were wondering about putting a pot rack in that space.
1) Is it unwise to store pots above a stove in this manner? Will they get greasy and grimy?
2) We have 8 foot ceilings. I'm a little concerned about height.
I've been looking at ceiling hanging racks, and specifically the enclume low-ceiling pot racks, both the rectangular type (expensive! omg!) and the bar type (looks like only Williams Sonoma sells this one for low ceilings, and they only have the 2 foot and 5 foot in stock). But, if we thought it would work, we could also do a wall mounted rack, although, unfortunately, there is a shelf along the very top of the wall that eats up the first 12 inches, and which makes this a less practical option for us.
Here is a photo of what we have to work with
Happily we have some paint of that color left.
Anyone else out there with this kind of set up? How has it worked out for you? Any recommendations for types of racks, how much height we will need, whether we should just not be putting our one cherished creuset hanging dangerously in this manner anyway? Did you go with a wall mounted rack, or a hanging one?