How to Make a DIY Plate Rack For Storage & Decor

We did a fun little DIY plate rack project to add character and functionality to the kitchen. This was a fairly easy project. You can use this rack for plates, decor, cutting boards, or artwork. We skipped doing the bottom shelf because that’s where the dog’s bowls go, just in case you’re wondering.

Tools and materials

  • 6-inch shiplap
  • 1x3s
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Caulk
  • Wood filler
  • Stain
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Level
  • Saw
Before: empty space on the wall
Building the frame

Step 1: Build the frame

Construct the frame using 1x3s. Ensure the frame is square and sturdy.

Step 2: Install shiplap to the wall

We made a mistake and attached the outside frame board after we installed the shiplap. The correct way is to install the shiplap first. We had to remove ours and reattach it since we didn’t do that step correctly. Learn from our mistakes! So first, attach the shiplap to the wall.

Attaching the frame board

Step 3: Attach the outside frame board

Install the outside frame board after the shiplap is in place.

Step 4: Caulk and wood fill

Caulk any seams between the shiplap and frame. Use wood fill on any nail holes for a smooth finish.

Caulking the seams
Staining the wood

Step 5: Cut and stain shelves and crossbars

Cut thin ½-inch strips for the cross bars. Stain both the shelves and cross bars to the desired color.

Cutting the notches
Cutting notches in the shelves

Step 6: Cut notches in shelves

Cut notches in the shelves to allow them to fit over the front edge of the frame.

Painting the wall

Step 7: Prime and paint

Prime and paint your wall and frame.

Shelves and crossbars
Checking the shelves are level

Step 8: Install shelves and crossbars

Use wood glue and nails to attach the shelves and cross bars to the frame. (See how the notched area of the shelf fits on the frame?) Use a level to make sure everything is straight during installation.

DIY plate rack

DIY plate rack

We are so happy with how this DIY plate rack turned out! Let us know if you agree in the comments below. Let us also know what you’d use this plate rack for in your home.


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