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Soap Storage Room: Racks

I’ve been wanting these for sooo long for soap storage and am so excited to finally have my dream curing racks! These bakery racks (officially called bun pan racks) are coveted by all soapmakers at some point or another.  It’s the perfect, clean, tidy, professional way to store soaps while they’re curing. You can certainly build beautiful wood shelving but I love these.  I know you can buy these used but I don’t like messin’ around with other people’s dirt so I bought these new.  They were very affordable as I purchased the knocked down version that requires assembly.  Here’s the link to where I purchased these:  http://www.webstaurantstore.com/end-load-bun-pan-rack-unassembled/109RACKECON.html

They actually showed up within 2 days; I think the distribution center is nearby – yay for almost instant gratification!

I’m thinking big in terms of my production goals so need to consider efficiency and good manufacturing practices, these are a great versatile solution for me – for now.   These were easy to put together – I did it Saturday morning while my family was still asleep (lazy people).  😉

First step, drag the boxes from the garage into the house.  The boxes were really tall.

curing rack for soap


Once in, I took out all the parts.  Next step was to put together the two sides with the included rails.  It was just a matter of sticking the rods in and then tightening the screws on the outside.  There’s a video on the site that I watched for the step by step breakdown – I didn’t find any instructions included so that video was essential.  Here it is standing with the two sides now attached with all the rods.

Bun Pan Rack for Curing Soap


Now, I just had to lay it down and attach the castors.  Again, really easy – actually easier than some of the rods.


soap curing rack

Once all four were on, I just had to go back and tighten all the screws.

That really was it.  I put together two and will order more as needed.  I can fit at least 3-5 more in my storage room without creating any major issues.  Room to expand is a good thing!  Hope you found this helpful.  If you’re a soapmaker reading this, go ahead and treat yourself!  Oh yeah – I bought aluminum pans (I know – it’s not stainless steel but they were too pricey.)  They were $5.99 per pan so not bad.  I’ll just keep ’em lined so the pans don’t react to the soap.  Hope you enjoyed my little DIY bun rack assembly.


soap storage rack

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  • Rhonda
    12/17/2012 at 1:29 pm

    I am just curious how much weight they will hold. I just called a manuf. and they told me 8lbs per shelf. How much weight are you putting on each shelf? Are they holding up?

  • Melissa
    10/17/2012 at 10:18 am

    As a fellow soaper, I understand! LOL They are gorgeous and I am sure in no time they will be filled up with goodies! Enjoy..

    • Brenda
      12/17/2012 at 2:17 pm

      No less than 10lbs – closer to 15 at least.