Kitchens of all sizes have a magical property. No matter how much furniture is in a room, it is always used all. And kitchen shelves are no exception, they also do not happen much.
Conditionally, you can select the following types of shelves:
- for drying dishes: open, built-in;
- decorative, for storage of kitchen utensils: corner, open, covered with glass.
Types of dryers for dishes: brief descriptions, advantages and disadvantages of models
It is the shelf for drying dishes that will help to cope with a mountain of washed cups and plates, preserve the cleanliness and shine of cutlery. The wide model range will allow to choose a product not only convenient in use, but also supplementing the style of the room.
Shelf freestanding: the pros and cons
The open model is made in the form of a mesh stand on the legs. Not all housewives try to wipe the washed items. Therefore, tabletop models of shelves equipped with a special tray to collect the draining water will be an excellent solution for drying wet dishes.
Built-in shelves: advantages and disadvantages
The hinged variant of the arrangement of drying is interesting: in the cupboard above the sink or in the drawer of the table. Special cupboards for dishes can be without a bottom; therefore, they are mounted only above the sink and are equipped with a built-in shelf for dishes without a tray. Dryers with a pallet, which is regularly rinsed (to prevent water from stagnating and limescale deposits do not form), are placed in ordinary cabinets.
Pluses: dishes are not gathering dust, there is an empty seat on the tabletop near the sink. Disadvantages: the wall cabinet must be mounted at a certain distance from the sink, the dishes are not easily accessible (it is necessary to open / close the doors, which is especially difficult for families with children).
The main requirement for the product is to provide good ventilation, since slow and weak evaporation of water in an enclosed space leads to the formation of mold, musty odor, and furniture damage. Additional openings on the side walls of the cabinet provide ventilation of the dish dryer.
Design features of different dryers
Manufacturers offer shelves for different sets of dishes.
- On single-tier set plates, saucers / salad bowls; cups and glasses can also be put on long grids.
- Bunk: saucers and plates are dried on the lower grid, and cups, glasses - on the top.
- The specialized look is universal, as it allows placing any dishes, and there is also a special section for cutlery.
What model to prefer - to decide the hostess. If the family is small and there are few sets of dishes, then you can do with a single-tier model. For large families, it is more convenient to use bunk dryers. When choosing a shelf it is necessary to take into account that cups and glasses are better dried in an inverted state. The size of the drying also matters: it should be roomy, but fit on the table.
Shelf Material: Brief Specifications
Stainless steel mesh is resistant to moisture, does not require special care. There are models of simple metal, covered with a protective layer of enamel or paint. Chrome shelves that can be a bright decorative element of the kitchen in the style of minimalism or high-tech look impressive.
The advantages of metal products can be considered durability, structural rigidity, lack of special care (it is not recommended to wash with abrasives). The disadvantages of metal models include the high cost of chrome-plated or stainless steel products; over time, the coating begins to peel off on painted things.
Plastic dryers are quite popular due to low prices and a wide offer, their use has positive and negative sides. Pros: easy to maintain, low weight, many manufacturers offer designs that vary in shape and color. Cons: brittleness, poor stability (can tip over with improper / irregular arrangement of dishes).
When choosing a material, the option of drying arrangement (open or built-in), the designation of the shelf as a temporary place to store dishes (until it dries) or permanent, are taken into account.
In the open space, it is desirable to install models that differ not only in functionality, but also very decorative. Kitchens in the style of Provence, classic, country perfectly complement wooden drying, treated with a moisture barrier (it is better to put the dishes nevertheless rubbed).
Compact kitchens - a headache for any hostess. After all, in a modest area, one does not just want to, but one needs to place a lot of objects, dishes, small household appliances. Furniture products should be easily mounted on the wall and perfectly complement the interior of the room. A variety of shelves help settle down conveniently and comfortably.
The wall shelf is notable for its visual lightness, functionality and reliability. Universal review and limited area suggest a neat location on the kitchen shelf of beautiful dishes, jars of spices, bottles of oils, candlesticks.
- take up little space, no free space is required for opening / closing doors;
- saving time for getting / placing items (and sometimes for searching);
- the possibility of obtaining non-trivial design solutions due to the successful combination with hanging kitchen cabinets;
- souvenirs, photos are always in sight and remind of loved ones, friends, pleasant trips and travels.
- the shelf and objects standing on it are easily covered with dust and soot (if the furniture is located near the cooking surface and there is no powerful exhaust in the kitchen);
- It is impossible to place large / heavy items of dishes, household appliances.
Not all housewives love to put dishes on public display or bother about the dust on the shelves. An excellent alternative for open shelves - closed models. Hinged shelves for the kitchen are fenced with deaf facades or doors with glass inserts (transparent, frosted).