10 Design-y Dish Racks for Your Compact Kitchen

10 Design-y Dish Racks for Your Compact Kitchen

Nancy Mitchell
Aug 8, 2017
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"That's a really pretty dish rack" is a thought you have had, perhaps, never. But that's all about to change. Which is good news for everyone who washes dishes, but especially good news for renters living in smaller apartments without a dishwasher, where the dish rack works especially hard — and can have a huge visual impact on a tiny kitchen. Here are 10 beautiful, and also practical, options.


A simple, reasonably priced dish drainer that gets the job done. The tines hold up plates and glasses while they're drying.

This is the dish drainer I have in my tiny apartment. It holds more dishes than you'd think, and stands up behind the faucet when not in use.

This dish drainer is compatible with IKEA's GRUNDTAL rail system, so it can hang on the wall, drying dishes without taking up any countertop real estate at all — and then fold up when not in use.

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As the name implies, this dish rack is very simple, but its no-frills design gives it a certain elegance.

The copper color makes this wire dish rack unexpectedly luxe. And it folds up for storage, so it's practical, too.

This compact design preserves counter space, and has a basket that holds silverware upright.

This is the nicest-looking option I've seen for an X-shaped dish rack, which actually holds quite a lot of dishes.

A sleek, modern update on the classic dish drainer — like the one your mom had but with a little extra dose of design cred.

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This over-the-sink dish rack is perfect for a small apartment without a lot of counter space.

This clever design uses a silicone cityscape to hold your dishes while they're drying. It's pricey, yes, but destined to be the centerpiece of your kitchen. (It's also available in blue and grey.)

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