Could your kitchen use more storage? Not only are plate racks charming but they’re very useful! Our DIY plate rack is simple to make and easy on the wallet. Here’s how we made on in just an afternoon!
Storage has never been a big issue in our kitchen, thankfully. However, when it came to large platters and serving dishes I always struggled to find a home for them when they were not in use. Our large platter that we use for turkey and roasts during the holidays did not fit well in our cabinets or hutch. We’re wrapping up our kitchen makeover and with the holidays just around the corner, I knew this was the perfect time to do something about it.
Over the weekend I decided to get creative and build a plate rack. I’ve always loved plate racks. Not only are they cute, they’re very useful! After constructing this one in just an afternoon, it turns out they’re also very simple to make. I got lucky and ended up having most everything on hand from previous projects, so this build only cost me a few dollars.
The wall between our dining room door and living room door was the perfect spot for our plate rack. The wall has been blank since we moved and was really in need of a little something.
How I built it:
- I started by finding the studs with a stud finger and marking them in two places to hold the two middle shelves.
- Using a level, the 1×3″ supports were screwed into the studs. You can see how the 1×4″ shelf boards will then rest and be attached onto the supports. NOTE – I made my shelves 30″ long to fit our narrow space.
3. For the rack itself, I cut the 1×4″ to our preferred length – 30″ across by 52″ tall. I attached them using glue and wood screws. Don’t worry, you can use wood filler to hid those ugly screw heads.
I spaced middle shelves to accommodate for our large platter. This is where making custom pieces really works in your favor. You can really customize your rack to fit the items YOU have. Make your shelves as close or as far apart as you need.
4. Next, I placed the frame onto the supports and used wood screws and glue to attach the shelves to the two support boards.
5. We added a cute piece of trim across the front to prevent anything from falling forward. Josh also cut a 1×3″ board into 1/2″ strips on his table saw to create a lip on the shelves themselves. This will prevent the platters, plates, etc. from sliding out the bottom. I attached those with glue and brad nails.
I also added a few cup hooks that I had on hand for a little extra mug storage. While, I opted to use the wall as the backing for our rack, you could certainly use bead board instead. It would give it a great cottage feel.
What was once a blank wall is now home for a charming plate rack full of some of my favorite ironstone. It makes for such a pretty view from the breakfast table.
If a plate rack has been something you’ve wanted in your kitchen or dining room too, I encourage you to make your own. It really was a great weekend project that is very budget friendly! It’s also a great first project for this who wish to get the feet wet in DIY home decor.
My goal is to get the kitchen photographed this week, weather permitting. The last bit of our cabinet hardware arrived over the weekend and it’s just perfect. I’m dying to share the finished space with you all! There’s just something about a newly refreshed kitchen in the fall that has me wanting to bake more than ever. Our kitchen has found new life in the last week. I wish you all a great week and I hope you’ll join me back here later this week to grab our oatmeal cream pie recipe!