We have limited storage in our kitchen and several very heavy copper pots. We decided on a wall mount pot rack after experimenting with the ceiling with no luck (space problems). We ordered it online and it turned out the holes did not line up with the studs in the wall. After posting on the site I got advice on mounting it on a board (see community forums, interior, kitchens). It was simple but very satisfying, I spent the most time putting coats of tung oil on the red oak plank we used, and of course did lots of measuring.
Level • Cast iron pot rack • Nine foot red oak plank • 9 x 2 1/2 cabinet screws • Drill • 2 people for final install