DIY Built-In Towel Rack

3 Materials
4 Hours

During my kitchen remodel, I had a bit of extra space between the sink and the dishwasher... the perfect place for a pull-out towel rack to go!

The dishwasher eventually took up most of this space, but there was just enough room for a towel rack to go on the left.

I started by making the front piece. I used scrap plywood and mdf, gluing them together to create a thicker, sturdier piece.

I added paint and a knob, and the front was ready to go!

Then I worked on the sides of the rack. These were just plywood pieces that I attached the drawer slides to. I placed two pocket holes on the end in order to eventually attach the sides to the front.

The second half of the drawer slides was added to the sink cabinet.

Then I reattached the drawer slide pieces together, and secured the front to the sides with pocket holes.

I thought the frame needed some reinforcement, so I added another piece of plywood at the back of the frame, as well as some corner braces between the front piece and the side pieces.

Finally, I screwed on the towel rack, and it was done!

I love how it turned out! If you like it too, be sure to check out the full blog post. And if you're interested in the rest of my kitchen makeover, take a look at the full reveal!

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Christopher Small
    on Jul 11, 2020

    Isn’t there a potential for musty/mouldy damp towels?

    • Flipturn
      on Jul 25, 2020

      Yes, there is if you put wet or damp towels on the rack, then close the door.

      The idea for drying the towels is to have the door pulled out over night whereby air can circulate through the towels. In the morning, when the towels are dry, you can close the door, yet have dry towels accessible for when you need them.

  • Rena Noele
    on Jul 12, 2020

    I've wanted to do a small slide out for cutting boards. It looks like you added the high and low drawer slides to just the cabinet side? I've got to learn how to do that with the correct measurements.

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