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Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

This Contraption Saves Counter Space, Dish Towels, Time and Maybe Even Lives

One of this site’s first very posts featured a dish drying rack that sat above the sink. The rack served as both drying rack and dish storage, eliminating the need for counter hogging conventional drying racks. It’s such a profoundly logical design, it’s a wonder why it’s not a standard feature on all kitchens. And if it weren’t for the corrupting influence of the industrial-drying-rack complex, it surely would be. But one rebellious company called Drip Dry is fighting the powers that be, making some nifty, cabinet ready drying rack kits, hopefully auguring the demise of the tyrannical reign of counter-based drying racks. (NB: In writing this post, I found out that these type of drying racks are pretty common in Europe and beyond).

The Drip Dry Classic (DDC) is constructed of antimicrobial plastic and can be installed into most any framed or frameless cabinets with minimal fuss. The whole assembly slides up and down along stanchions for easier access to dishes. The whole assembly runs a very reasonable $119.


A representative told me that they are also planning a version with stainless steel frame and a slightly different mechanism, where the top rack will pivot forward and down. She told me it will be available in about four months. In the meanwhile, she assured me the DDC, which was originally conceived in Israel, is plenty durable and she has seen models that have lasted for 50+ years.

Ben Franklin wrote, “Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.” And really, who wants to squander their time, and by extension their lives, drying and moving dishes around? Find out more info at Drip Dry’s website.


  • YoungSally

    Does it save lives because it is anti-microbial?

    • David Friedlander

      see ben franklin quote. time = life. saved time = saved life.

  • Jennifer Hossfeld

    This is a nice idea, and yes, it may be used all over in Europe …BUT… a) the first level drips onto the second – which drives me a bit batty & b) most, if not all, US kitchens install the sink right in front of windows that face the outdoor space/backyard.

  • Tal

    Countertop two-tier and “X” dish racks All drip one level above the lower. I prefer the hygienic drip into the sink, and out of sight. I also prefer the extra counter space.
    The website has pics of an installation above a window.

  • Sara

    I’ve seen this in an Italian home and was perplexed that my Italian friend didn’t think it to be that big of a deal. He has no idea…