Help with DIY dish rack drying idea?

by Sarah

I recently visited a friend who had the most brilliant idea for a dish rack: an over-the-sink design that maximized space and efficiency (see picture below).

It got me thinking, wouldn't it be fantastic to have one like that in my own kitchen? So, I'm turning to you all for help and inspiration in crafting my very own DIY dish rack drying solution.

If you've ever attempted a similar project or have clever ideas, I'd love to hear from you😁

DIY dish rack drying

  10 answers
  • My first thought is pvc pipe

  • Janice Janice on May 30, 2023

    I would browse through stores with the thought of creating such a rack after measuring the width and height of what would be needed. You might be able to put together 2-3 items to create your own rack keeping in mind if there is cabinetry above that would limit the height. Perhaps a sturdy plastic ready-made draining rack attached to a ready-made wire cart with the wheels removed. They could be joined with zip-ties. I have not done this! icon Good luck and I hope if you have success, you'll post for Hometalkers to see.

  • Dee Dee on May 30, 2023

    Both Wayfair and Amazon sell exactly what you are looking for. Very sturdy.

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    • Sarah Sarah on Jun 06, 2023

      Looking to DIY it so I have my own unique dish rack but if that doesn't work I will most definitely look at these links😁

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 30, 2023

    I'm also kind of on Dee's side here in encouraging you to consider buying over building. My biggest concern would be making it sturdy enough!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 30, 2023

    I have a 2 tier drying rack and it is a bit "wobbly" so I would advise to make sure you have extra support and then an "X" for more stabilization. Because of mine, I won't risk putting glasses on it upper section.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 31, 2023

    to me it would cause mildew and mold from plates dripping water as they dry and also take up a lot of room

  • We used a plastic shoe rack, stackable, worked great!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 01, 2023

    I would check out Amazon for inspiration and see what they are made of. It might be better to just buy one already set up for that purpose, measure first to be sure of a fit.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 01, 2023

    Just checked amazon and they have LOTS to choose from. I would be worried about building a unit since there wouldn't really be a way to check to see if this was safe and sturdy before using it.

  • You can definitely create your own which is great because then it'll be custom. Likely you'd go with wood for ease of construction so be sure to seal it well with something like a marine sealer. Do note while it's a fantastic project, you can also purchase these for less than what it might cost to build one, so you might weigh that. Just measure around, measure what you plan to put in it, and design around the use.