How To Disguise Drying Dishes?

updated Feb 24, 2019
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Q: Hi all! We are renovating a town home and I have a question related to our kitchen renovation. With the new layout the sink needs to be in a center kitchen island which faces our main kitchen/dining area, as opposed to against a wall. Are there any solutions for drying dishes (e.g. draining pans) that somehow hide the dishes that people have had success with? We always have a large stack of handwash-only dishes in a drying pan and I wanted to avoid it being an eyesore…

We have thought about possibly swapping out the sink for the stove, but we don’t have it configured in our plans to have a vent in the center of the kitchen and the ceiling is very high so we’d like to avoid that. The wall with the other appliances (e.g fridge, oven) would be too tight with a sink. Thanks in advance for any support/thoughts! -Sent by BSREnovation

Editor: I picked this Very Good Question for self-serving reasons: my partner and I have a similar issue. He hates the dish-drying rack full of dishes, while I want our handmade dishes, antique serving pieces, and wooden cutting boards to live long, happy lives (while admitting that the rack does look a mess when it’s full). How can the letter-writer (and I) avoid a constant eyesore in the kitchen? I fear the answer is going to be “Dry them all right away, lazy Editor”…

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