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Installing the dish dryer in the cabinet

Standard drying depth

Let’s break down the instructions for installing a standard dryer. Let’s start with the necessary depth of the hinged cabinet. Т.к. an ordinary dishwasher has a depth of 280 mm, so the cabinet should not be less than this size. Accordingly more, it may well be.

The dryer construction consists of two parts. for plates and glasses. The main problem is this. At what height from the plates to install the section under the glasses. Let’s think together and get the answer to our question.

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The height of the second level

First of all, the height must be high enough to accommodate plates. To do this, you need to measure the diameter of the largest cup. And based on this size, taking into account the gap of about 20 mm, decide on the level of the upper tier. At least 360 mm.

The second most important criterion. the height of the hostess of the kitchen set. Here, in my opinion, everything is clear, for a woman of small stature should be set the top at the minimum height allowed. And for tall ladies, a comfortable height of the raised arm.

The third factor, which in its importance is not inferior to the first two. Of course, this is the height of the cupboard itself for drying dishes. I would not install the bi-level dryer in a cupboard with a height less than 480 mm. With the largest cup diameter of 230 mm.

If you are making a kitchen set with your own hands, my installation recommendations will come in handy. And if you take into account the basic factors I’ve listed, the housewife will never be able to speak out about the proper height of your hands.

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  • At the bottom of the box was freely placed a tray, designed to collect water that can drip from already washed dishes
  • It should freely place dishes and cups (in size)
  • It should be at such a height that it was convenient to use (especially this point is true for those options, when the owner (s) of the kitchen is not tall). Sometimes, for convenience, we even have to design such fittings, which are built into the bottom modules of the kitchen set.

In order for the fittings under consideration to meet the requirements listed above, its lower holders should be set at a height of 60-70 mm from the bottom horizon of the module, in which it is mounted.

The upper holders should be set at a height of 350-400mm from the bottom (to ensure proper height dimension for the same plates).

In most cases, in the modules, the height of which is equal to 800-900mm, there is still enough space above the installed dryer, which also can be used effectively.

In such cases, over the dryer still can be designed shelf (height from the shelf to the upper horizon should be at least 200-250mm, otherwise there is no point in installing it).

Holes for holders should be drilled with a drill, diameter of which is 10 mm. When drilling, you must be careful (especially when it is drilled into the outer side detail) not to drill through it (a similar example is shown in the pictures, where the dryer is installed into the module, which right side is visible).

The bottom internal joints of the module (between the lower horizon and the sides with the back wall) need to be treated with silicone.

Also, if the module has hinged fronts, then the lower holes for hinges in them can not be drilled at a distance of 100 mm from the edges, as there is a high probability of hinges hitting the lower bracket of fittings.

The optimum choice in this case would be pre-drilling the holes at a distance of 150 mm from the bottom edge of the facade.

On the installation of the fittings we are considering (other type) you can see here.

Choice of material

An important moment when choosing a dryer is the materials. The most common type includes metal. Dryers for dishes can be made of steel. The peculiarity of the systems is the presence of anti-corrosion layer on the surface, which protects the metal from deformation.

The next widespread type is stainless steel. This option has found its application in many industries, and deservedly rises to the leading positions. It is worth noting that the price of these models is somewhat higher, if compared to the cost of other types. This is due to the quality, durability and strength of drying systems. Another advantage of these products is that they do not need additional painting or treatment with corrosion protection agents.

A popular and modern type includes plastic. Dryers made of this material are of low cost. But when choosing such a system, you need to carefully inspect and check the design for durability and defects. It is best to purchase models made of high quality plastic. The price of such options is slightly higher than the average cost, but you can be sure of the harmlessness of the material.

And the last type is wood. In the past, objects made of this material were considered a real luxury and wealthy item. Today, almost everyone can afford such a purchase. Systems made of wood will be an excellent addition to the interior. Modern models are treated with special protective coatings, so you can not worry about the fact that the dryer over time will lose its properties or original appearance.

Selection tips

When choosing a dryer, it is very important to decide on the configuration and location of the cabinet in which it will be located. According to this criterion, dryers for dishes can be divided into the following types:

  • For a wall cabinet. The most popular and convenient option. it is, of course, hinged (wall-mounted) cabinet, which is located directly above the sink. As a rule, such a dryer is equipped with a retractable tray, where the water should flow down, but often the tray is not needed, because the liquid may well flow directly into the sink. Another convenience is that you won’t have to make extra movements when loading or unloading dishes, such a dryer is always at hand. In a closed wall cupboard, the dishes will not get dusty and exposed to dirt from the outside.

However, a large amount of moisture can cause damage to the cabinet itself. To avoid this, you should buy an additional small tabletop dryer, and periodically air out the cabinet, or next to the main dryer to make open shelves for dishes. it would be an interesting interior solution, you can also use a portable dryer, which can be taken out at any time.

This kind of dryer can be both single-deck and double-deck.

  • For a corner cabinet. Such dryers are installed in a corner cabinet and have a triangular shape. This option is suitable if the kitchen is very small and you need to save even more space, but it is not very convenient to use a corner dryer, so install it only in extreme cases.
  • For the floor cabinet. The least common version of the dryer for dishes. floor dryer. They can be both straight and angular. Such a dryer will not be the most convenient type because of its location. you will constantly have to bend down to remove or take out dishes.

In addition, regardless of the location, dryers for dishes can be divided into two other types:

  • Portable. As mentioned earlier, one good dryer option might be this type. The convenience of portable dryer lies in its mobility, you can move it around the kitchen and place it where it will be most functional at the moment, so it will never be too wet in the cabinet. When choosing such a dryer, it is necessary to make sure that it corresponds to the size of the cabinet, where it is supposed to be placed. If the dimensions are significantly different, the dishes can be damaged because of the constant involuntary movement.

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  • Secured. The fixed drainer also has its own advantages, since when you buy a kitchen set, it will certainly include a drying rack, which will avoid extra costs. Also, the dishes in such a dryer will be in one piece, thanks to the reliable fasteners.

If the dryer is not built into the set, and bought separately, it is important before buying to measure the space where it will be installed. Incorrect measurements will be fraught with additional inconvenience. Also, if the dryer has two levels, you need to measure the distance between the shelves. It should be at least 30 centimeters, otherwise large plates risk not to fit.

In addition, for independent installation in the cabinet, you can buy a hinged dryer. Such a model can be very convenient because of its versatility. Often there is not only space to dry dishes, but also all sorts of hooks and shelves for towels, cooking utensils or spices. It can be fixed directly onto the cabinet wall, simply by choosing a size that fits neatly inside the cabinet walls.

A cupboard drainer is an indispensable article in the kitchen.

The drainer for the dishes has long been an integral part of any kitchen set.

The cupboard drainer is available in several versions.

Both in terms of completeness, material, shape and size, as well as the place of installation. in a hinged cupboard or in its lower part.

As a rule, the dryer for dishes consists of several independent compartments.

In addition to built-in dryers, detachable ones are also used. But the latter are not widely used due to the fact that, despite the possibility of easy cleaning from contamination, they do not provide due reliability of storage of dishes due to the design features.

Open dryers are easy to use and unpretentious, in addition, they have a fairly low price.

In terms of their device, regardless of design and manufacturer, material and size, all built-in “dryers” are quite similar. In essence, it’s a securely anchored, mesh construction that keeps plates securely in the “on-rib” position.

In most cases, the “dryer” kit includes a basket for cups and cutlery.

With almost any design the “dryer” must be equipped with a tray for collection and retention of drips of moisture rolling down from the dishes.

Sometimes manufacturers execute trays with a drainage connector and a drainage pipe.

Modern nonremovable driers of dishes are made of plastic, polished stainless steel and aluminum, chromium-plated and enameled steel.

Each element of the system is made of durable material.

According to the type of installation, modern built-in dryers for dishes are divided into three main types:

With built-in cupboard drains, your kitchen will look more aesthetically pleasing and tidy.

The advantage of recessed drying is that the dishes will not be covered with dust.

The dishes will be neatly stacked and won’t take up much space.

The most widespread and familiar to all variant is “drying” for dishes in the front hinged cabinet.

The dryers are available in a variety of cabinet widths, from 350 to 1000 mm. In “increments” of 350 to 1000 mm.

The width of the dryer takes into account the thickness of the cabinet walls, respectively, the width of the dryer itself turns out to be 32-36 mm less than the declared width. Accordingly, when choosing, you should pay attention to the marking, the package should either indicate the thickness of the chipboard, which the product is designed for, or the actual width of the product.

widely used in recent times dryers for corner hinged cabinets.

By design, such dryers are similar to the front ones, but with a small addition in the form of half of full-sized dryer. Installed in a corner cabinet such products in the L-shaped configuration. An indisputable advantage of such dryers is the possibility of full use of a corner cabinet. The ease of use of such a dryer can not be compared with its frontal version.

Access to the dryer is difficult because of the rather narrow front of the corner cabinet. With the size of the corner cabinet 600×600 mm width of its front is only 400 mm.

Another noteworthy variant of built-in dryers are products designed for installation in the bottom cabinets of kitchen sets. Such dryers are designed in the same way as the usual drawers.

For fastening the dryer is usually used ball-type pull-out system, either telescopic or flush-mounted, similar to “tandem” systems.

The advantages of such a solution is quite a lot. For example, when it is impossible to place the dryer classically, that is, in the hinged cabinet (and such reasons can be many. the presence of a large number of windows or other reasons limiting the number of hinged cabinets).

A design decision to omit the entire upper “belt” of the kitchen or placing the dryer for dishes in the lower floor cabinet is often the only way out.

Placement of the dryer in the lower “belt” of the kitchen is also justified, if the hostess, who will use the kitchen furniture, has a small height.

According to the norms of ergonomics, a short person is much more comfortable to use dryers located in the lower “belt” of the kitchen set.

Types of dryers

There are several models of dryers for the kitchen. According to the method of installation, they can be divided into four categories:

Sink-mounted dryers. Products are made of plastic or stainless steel, mounted on sinks. Are characterized by low weight, simple design, but do not have a special design load in the room. Simple models are designed for a small number of dishes. It’s always readily accessible, which means it’s perfect for stacking not only dishes but also vegetables after you’ve washed them. The dryers are available in the form of a grid or grid, as well as with a peorized surface.

Built-in dryers. Installed in a cabinet, which stands on the floor, can have hinged lockers, drawers. In simple models there are two tiers. for plates and mugs. Sophisticated designs are designed for other types of dishes. With a closed dryer, the dishes are protected from dust. Many built-in dryers include trays into which dishes are placed right from the sink. But it is not very good for the cabinet itself, because a lot of moisture collects in it. The main dryer in the cabinet should always be complemented by an auxiliary dryer, which is located near the dishwasher.

Tabletop dryer. It sits next to the sink, on the countertop for example. Tabletop dryer can be different configurations: collapsible and stationary, with two or three tiers, for devices. Since the product will always be in sight, you need to choose a color to match the style of the entire kitchen. When there is no hinged cabinet above the sink, you can buy a dryer with a lid, it will protect the dishes from dust.

Hinged dryer. Mounted in a specific place at the right height directly on the wall, you can install it in the closet. Selected such dimensions so that the item fits into the free space.

Classification of dish dryers

The traditional dish dryer has two compartments: the first holds plates and the second holds cups. In the manufacture of elements of the system used durable, water-resistant materials. To perform easy cleaning, the surface is covered with enamel or paint. A rubber cover can also be used, which reduces the noise from the dishes during operation.

By type, dryers are divided into the following categories:

Built into the cabinet open model of the dryer for dishes in the kitchen in warm colors with the main accent on the bright red kitchen set

There are also open dryers, they need to be attached to the wall above the sink or directly to the sink, so that the residual water that remained on the dishes as a result of washing flowed into the sink bowl or into a specially designed stand.

Open dish dryer over the sink in a small kitchen in light colors

  • Installation can be made in any place, by attaching to the wall or conventional installation on another surface.
  • In operation, the products are characterized by undemanding and simple.
  • Cheaper models than other types of dryers.

Easy-to-use outdoor wooden dish dryer

Dryers, which are installed in furniture, are divided into the following categories:

  • Single-deck. They can only dry plates;
  • Double-deck (two-tier). you can dry any dishes except forks and spoons;
  • Special purpose dryers for crockery and cutlery.

The three-drawer dishwasher dryer built into a kitchen cabinet

Wall-mounted systems

Such models have become particularly popular and widespread. The hinged dryer can be of two types:

You can also place a couple of shelves above the sink in the general style of the kitchen instead of a full-fledged dryer

A product to be built into kitchen furniture.

Virtually invisible in the overall kitchen interior, the integrated drainer for dishes in the wall unit

Designs of the second category, depending on the shape and configuration there are:

Small at first glance, the design of the corner cabinet with built-in dryer for dishes, in fact, quite practical and roomy

Cupboard-mounted drainer units must be installed according to certain rules. The main condition is a quality exhaust port of the cabinet, so that moisture does not accumulate inside, which is harmful to the furniture. To ensure good ventilation, two holes should be drilled on the opposite side of the cabinet. The best place for openings is on the sides of the cabinet, as dishes will get dusty through the top or bottom openings.

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Small wall-mounted kitchen cabinet with integrated drainer

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Troflex dryers

These are models of non-standard shapes, which are designed to decorate the interior. Another advantage of the system. the possibility of installation anywhere in the kitchen. The optimal option. a table or a sink wing.

A refined version of metal drainer for dishes will be not only a decorative element in your kitchen, but also a quite functional construction, convenient in use

How to choose a “dryer” for dishes?

Each dryer differs from the other method of attachment.


Each of these models has lots of advantages and disadvantages, so you should choose the dryer according to the size of the kitchen room, taking into account its convenience and functionality.

The dryer can have one or two levels. elaborate models are often equipped with additional compartments.

Installing a dish dryer

One of the most important kitchen attributes is a dish dryer. It can have different designs, shapes, sizes, but of all the variety is the most practical and therefore popular built-in. In such a dryer the dishes are closed by the cupboard door and do not accumulate dust on them. It is convenient if the hinged cupboard will be located directly above the sink, then all the water from the plates, cups and glasses will flow into the sink. The important thing is to keep the dryer’s shelves at an optimal distance so that the housewife can easily place all the dishes on them.

On sale there are designs made of different materials:

For built-in dryers made of aluminum there is a special protective coating that protects the metal from corrosion. These dryers are sturdy, reliable, lightweight and, moreover, affordable.

Models made of stainless steel are considered to be more functional, but their price is higher than analogues made of aluminum and even more plastic. Besides, they are heavier, which is especially noticeable if in addition to the main shelves the dryer has additional sections.

The installation of the dryer in the cabinet can be done by yourself, provided you have the right tools and certain skills. For the installation of the dryer use the top box, which can be without the bottom horizon. Its function is assigned to the crossbar directly mounted fittings, made under the size of the box and can have a width of 50. 80 cm.

Such a design is represented by a bottom crossbeam that acts as a horizontal module. The grid for dishes and the drip tray are inserted into it. The second tier is represented by a special grid, fixed by two plastic strips. Self-tapping screws sized 16 mm are used as fixing elements.

If necessary, you can always turn for help to the company “ProRestoration”, which offers a variety of services for the installation of any kitchen structures.



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