When designing your new kitchen, consider elevating the dishwasher to reduce stress on the lower back and legs. Typical elevations for raised dishwashers are between 6 and 18 inches. Cabinet manufacturers fabricate specially designed cabinets for this purpose. For added convenience, install a dishwasher pedestal instead of a plain cabinet blank under the dishwasher. The pedestal includes a drawer, creating additional storage for various kitchen utensils.
Things You'll Need
- Raised dishwasher cabinet
- Dishwasher pedestal
- Additional drawers for storage
Design kitchen cabinets to include an elevated dishwasher. Have your contractor install a raised dishwasher cabinet in your new kitchen for easier access. Utilize the area under the dishwasher by adding a matching dishwasher pedestal for extra storage instead of blank toe kick.
Install the elevated dishwasher close to the kitchen sink and existing plumbing lines for convenience and lower installation costs.
Include additional drawers that mount on top of the dishwasher and under upper cabinets to store silverware and kitchen utensils.
Tips & Warnings
- Install panels on the front and sides of the dishwasher to match cabinet doors to create a built-in appearance.
- Raising a dishwasher requires creating a two-tiered countertop, which may increase project costs and reduce counter space.
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