How to Build a Dinner Plate Drying Cabinet


Drying cabinets — typically, upper cabinets placed over the sink — are a traditional feature in some European kitchens. If you don't have space for a dishwasher, a drying cabinet can provide you with ample space for dish drying, without the clutter and mess of a conventional dish rack placed on the kitchen counter. While custom drying cabinets are uncommon and expensive, you can build your own drying cabinet to install above (or near) the sink, speeding up this everyday chore.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy upper kitchen cabinet
  • Drill and bits
  • Jigsaw
  • Stainless steel or coated wire racks to fit cabinet interior
  • Hacksaw (optional)
  • Brackets
  • Screws
  • Remove easily-removed upper cabinets from the wall above the sink, if you're planning to reuse a cabinet already in your kitchen.

  • Remove the bottom from your cabinet if it is already assembled. Mark lines near the edge of the cabinet, avoiding all frame supports. Drill a 3/4-inch hole in each corner of the marked lines. Use a jigsaw to cut away the bottom of the cabinet being careful not to cut through and frame members. If you have purchased a ready-to-assemble cabinet, assemble the cabinet without the base panel, but include all supports to ensure the cabinet box is structurally sound.

  • Measure the interior of your cabinet carefully. Cut racks to fit with a hacksaw if needed.

  • Mount hanging brackets designed for coated-wire shelving in the cabinet. Install at least two brackets at each side and several along the rear of the cabinet box, using short screws. If desired, add brackets to create an upper drying shelf.

  • Mount the cabinet on the wall above your kitchen sink according to the manufacturer's instructions. Insert the drying racks into the bracket hardware.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be extremely careful when operating power tools, and follow all safety instructions.
  • You can find both coated wire shelving and brackets sold with closet organizer supplies. As an alternative, look at stainless-steel kitchen racks. Take a plate with you when you're shopping to make certain that they fit correctly and will not fall through the openings.
  • In an older kitchen, you may not be able to reinstall your cabinets. Opt to purchase a coordinating cabinet, if you would like to create a drying rack or modify the existing cabinets without removing them from the wall.

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