Plate racks are used not only to get dishes organized but accessible. Before, plate storage was done in stuffy cabinets, which kept them away from dust and put them in order. This method often breaks or chips plates, especially in the process of rummaging for a particular set or individual plate. Plate racks are also a great help in drying the dishes. After plates and other eating utensils are rinsed, they are often left in plate racks to air dry instead of using tedious drying cloths which might put lint or other unwanted matter on the plates.
Although there are various plate holders, plate stands and plate hangers available in flea markets, personalizing your own plate rack is an innovative way of organizing dining implements your way. Here's how to make your own plate rack:
- Address your needs. You have to determine what kind of plate rack will address your needs. You could opt for a floor rack, which can be put on the floor instead of dish cabinets or a free standing design, which you can put on any surface like a shelf or any other flat surface. The floor rack is great for big areas, but a dish cabinet is a space-saver.
- Choose the material. Wood or metal would be great. They can support heavy plates and can be of any design. The type of material you choose will dictate the tools you would need to cut and bind them. It could also affect the budget allotted for this project. It’s best to use wood, as it is cheaper and easier to assemble and decorate.
- Measure with precision. Use a measuring tape to check the diameter of the plates for the plate rack. You would also have to evaluate how high the stable base support should be from the surface. Consider also how many plates you intend to store on a certain level. It should have drainage especially if it is for drying dishes and not just for keeping them.
- Cut with allowance. You would have to start with the base. The base depends on how many plates you intend to put in and the width of the plates. The railings of the rack follow as this is dictated by the base measurements. Excise material for the foot of the base. Consider how far the plates should be away from the surface.
- Assemble with care. Depending on the material, you will need different binding substances. Make sure that you put each piece securely – when you’re making a wooden plate rack, use wood glue discreetly and fortify with nails or screws. Protect it with lacquer if it is made of wood or paint if it is of metal structure. Allow to dry before use.
Personalizing your own plate rack is easy as long as it addresses your needs and is aesthetically pleasing. There are a variety of designs of you can choose from on step-by-step manuals online and on craft books regarding plate rack assembly.