Having a pot rack takes your kitchen from plain to smart. Apart from connoting that the resident cook is more of a chef, today's pot rack serves a genuine purpose: it provides storage space and allows easy access to everyday items. What's more, central bars and grids increase a pot rack's storage capacity by at least 50 per cent and can further accommodate everything from ladles to lids. There are a few issues to keep in mind when installing a pot rack. The heavier the rack and the pots hanging from it, the more anchor points in the wall or ceiling will be needed. The height of the chef should be taken into consideration in determining the length of the chains needed to attach rack to ceiling: the hanging pots should be above the chef's head but not too high to make them hard to reach. Pot racks are usually seen above central work stations but inventive restaurant designers have thought of how to use every kitchen angle to accommodate these implements and a variety of corner, wall and window racks are available. They come in a variety of shapes: circular, oval and rectangular, and in the case of wall and window racks, semicircular and -oval. A number of websites, mostly in the US, specialise in pot racks and offer styles from the utilitarian to the sublime. Be forewarned, though - they tend to be heavy, so the cost of shipping can be high. All suppliers will deliver to Hong Kong. The highly regarded Enclume brand's Decor oval pot rack (above left; US$219.99) can be found at www.potracksgalore.com . Measuring 81cm x 38cm, it offers excellent capacity and will add class to any kitchen. A bookshelf-style, wall-mounted rack for those without space for a work island is available at www.comforthouse.com . It comes in black, white and hammered steel, measures 89cm x 21.6cm and costs US$62.50. Comfort House also offers one of the most reasonably priced racks available - the round ceiling pot rack, with a 51cm diameter, costs US$52. Those who can spare only a corner for pot racks can find one at www.cozycook.com . The supplier has a corner rack that measures 38cm x 38cm and costs US$146. The pot rack with the best workspace illumination by far is the Santa Barbara rack sold at www.bellacor.com (above right; US$215). Measuring 91.5cm x 46cm, it has two down-lights and strong, simple lines. High-end supplier www.brandlighting.com adds working lights to a series of more elegant pot racks. The Kalco lighted pot rack (above centre) brings a touch of old-world elegance to the kitchen while providing plenty of storage capacity. At 89cm x 61cm, it sells for US$648.