Raised Dishwasher Installation


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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