Bygel dishdrainer

Published on May 5th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Vertical Dish Drainer

Materials: BYGEL wire baskets, hooks and rails; MAGASIN cutlery caddy. Tools: Pliers, Drill, Screwdriver, Wall anchors and screws.

Description: Washing dishes right-to-left is awkward in this space. The wall literally leaves no elbow room.

This layout also leaves kind of a dead wall. Since UP is the way to go in small spaces, I decided to try out a vertical dish drainer.

It’s surprisingly sturdy and functional. I was concerned about the dripping pooling water but, honestly, most of it drips into the sink or onto the stainless ledge.

Using a dish/tea towel takes care of that or you can dry right away. A quick sponge wipe will do it, too!

For larger items, I cover the right-most sink with a cutting board and a microfiber pad made for dish drying. That can be pushed over to catch and absorb any drips from above.

1. Mount rail using appropriate wall anchors and screws.

2. The first basket hangs in the standard fashion. See the close up of how and where to connect the standard hook so that it hangs level and water drops down.

3. Bend standard hooks with pliers, as shown, and insert below third rail. (Hook on left is bent. Hook on right is not.) This pulls the basket tight against the hooks and makes it more stable. If it’s too high on the rungs, it tends to lean out.

Also note, I reversed the orientation so that the closed portion is to the front. This helps keep the longer, heavier items in. It creates a good angle for drops to drip, too!

~ Clayton Smith, San Diego, CA

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19 Responses to Vertical Dish Drainer

  1. xxxxxx says:

    Perfect. I have the exact situation in a small kitchen. I’m gonna do this is weekend.

  2. Mark says:

    Clayton, you certainly have the right idea, but I don’t think you’ve taken it far enough. You (and others) might be interested in a little Nordic history lesson regarding kitchen design. Way back in 1948, an inventive Finnish lady by the name of Maiju Gebhard ( created the “Dish Draining Closet” ( Since returning to the States, I’ve looked everywhere trying to find something similar, but to no avail. Frankly, I’m amazed that IKEA doesn’t offer this incredibly efficient item in their line of kitchen cabinets, as it could become a huge bestseller for such situations as small efficiency apartments, in-law units, and even for RV’s and yacht galleys.

  3. Pam says:

    I think this is a wonderful solution! Clever and well done.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi, this is a brilliant solution! I just wanted to comment on the Italian sink cabinet as mentioned above: the beauty of it (apart from being a proper cabinet, with doors, so you can hide everything away – it looks just like any other cabinet in the kitchen) is that there is a dripping-catcher plate underneath! You just empty it every now and then, and no drops on your sink/faucet.

  5. Clayton says:

    Worse? Ouch.

    I created the space I need by shifting left; wash in the left, rinse in the right, place in the rack. I love it. :)

  6. Clayton says:

    Hello all…

    Thanks for input and comments. Since I usually cover the second sink (just me) I can use that for bigger items. Here’s a pic of that layout here: It’s my preferred setup.
    I could also use a rack in the sink but this works for me.

    Although others might want to do the rack in front, the electrical outlet was definitely and issue. No dripping water over that for me! Plus, washing in the left basin I have no elbow room issues as I then rinse on the right and lift up into the racks. I’ve put soup bowls and bread plates in there no problem.

    The Bygel dish drainer I found it flimsy and small (in my last apt.) I’m not sure I’d like it extending out but could be a great option for others!

    @ Emma – I’ve used these baskets for drying dishes a lot and no rust. They are covered with an epoxy powder coating. To my knowledge, NOTHING penetrates epoxy! So no worries!

    I am not at the Regents La Jolla. In Bankers Hill area.

    PS Regarding a light source, I have the IKEA Tral Lamp. Excellent and energy efficient lighting! I already had this one but like the idea of strip lighting.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The cupboards, counter, and towel rack look just like the ones I have at Regents La Jolla, only in a different layout! Do you live at one of those 1 bedroom units? My housemates and I just use the dishwasher as a drying rack, though.

  8. DJinny says:

    Doesn’t this thing rust like crazy???
    It does look amazing, though!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    He has electricals on the front wall, which don’t mix well with water or metal.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Regardless of what you think of the location (and it is totally personal preference), I admire the ingenuity to come up with a unique solution.

  11. emma says:

    I really like how sleek it looks.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Bygel has a drainer version. It’s better for the plats. If you hang it in front it would be more functional.

    • Clayton says:

      The way I have it, it just extends 5″ and drips right by the sink.

      In front with the drainer (since it’s 11 1/2″ wide) it would extend halfway into the sink area…sort of cantilevering in the air…and block the area you need to wash. LOL. It might create a pool behind the faucet which is never fun to clean behind.

      My method uses a tea towel or a sponge swipe!

  13. Anonymous says:

    In Italy we had a cabinet right above the sink with two draining shelf’s and loved it, we also had no room either on the right side of the sink and no counter space on the left. by looking at your photo you can do the shelf right above the sink and still have a light source, maybe a strip of light.
    It is not a bad idea but no place for plates and made it more tighter.
    Yes going up is the way to go .

  14. Anonymous says:

    Why did you choose to put the draining on the right and not in front ?
    You said that the right wall is already constraining your movements. You made it worse.

    I have got a draining thing that is hanging above the sink. It is really convenient.
    What you need is a wider draining shelf, in front, sticking a bit so the water will fall into the sink. It will give you more space for dishes, no banging your elbow on the right and easy and safe drain.

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