How To: Slope Your Dish Rack Pan for Perfect Draining

Slope Your Dish Rack Pan for Perfect Draining

Let's face it, pretty much everyone has an automatic dishwasher. They are super convenient and are becoming cheaper to allow the general public better access to them. With that being said, though, dishwashers are also becoming a lot smaller.

My dishwasher is so small in fact, that no matter how small my load of dishes is, I almost always have to wash 3-5 dishes by hand. This is annoying to me because cabinets and dish draining racks are flat. This means that the water that comes off the dishes generally just collects in the bottom of the draining rack or on the counter.

Well, I'm here to help you fix this problem. I'm going to show you how to mod and slope your dish draining rack so that the water neatly falls off into the sink every time.


  • Dish draining rack
  • 2 small "L" brackets
  • 2 small screws
  • Drill
  • Phillips screwdriver bit

Step 1: Prepare Dish Rack

Wash and clean out your dish draining rack of any gunk.

Step 2: Set Out "L" Brackets

Set out your "L" brackets.

If you have to purchase them, they usually come with screws around 3/4 inch. If you're able, don't use the ones they come with and instead opt for something smaller so that you don't have long screws sticking up from the bottom of the dish rack.

Step 3: Equip Screwdriver Bit

Equip your drill with a Phillips screwdriver bit relative to the size of screws you used.

Step 4: Flip

Flip your rack over.

Step 5: Position Your "L" Brackets

Align your "L" brackets on either side of your dish draining rack on the end that isn't tapered for water draining.

Step 6: Screw

Screw your "L" brackets into your dish draining rack through the pre-made holes. When you flip it over, you can see that it is angled up just enough for the water to drain out more efficiently.

Your new sloped draining rack is now finished!

As you can tell from the above picture, it is slightly more angled, but other than that, it is unchanged (which is good aesthetically). I don't really care about the screws sticking up, but if you do, foam ear plugs stuck over the screws make for nice covers.

How would you mod your dish draining rack better? Comment below.

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1 Comment

Nice idea! A couple thoughts: How about using epoxy glue, instead of screws?
Also, perhaps some small rubber feet-type objects.

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