This is a wonderful pot rack. I wouldn't plan on putting anything deep on top of it because it is hard to position items with the hooks placings. I used small decorative ceramic bowls on the shelf as my large ones would not fit. As far as the hooks, they hold my most used pots and pans. My contractor told me to be careful what I bought because hanging pot racks move when you reach up to place your item on the hook. It is beautiful to the eye and works wonderfully. We made sure upon install we placed it on studs. This may be another consideration. We could not center ours because of our condition design. It installs quickly and perfectly. Thanks Overstock for a GREAT BUY once again!!!!