DIY Plate Rack

This simple display rack doubles as a storage unit and works well for walls that are hard to decorate. Customize the plate rack to fit a wide array of spaces.

September / October 2018
By Liz Fourez

Before We Begin

The length and size of the finished plate rack will depend on the size of the wall on which you’ll mount the display at home. Before cutting any wood, make sure to precisely measure the space you have available, and then cut to size where specified below. If you don’t have the tools to cut boards to size at home, your local home improvement center will do so for you.

Photo 1: The size of this finished display will depend on the size of the wall you have available. (Photo by Liz Fourez).

Supplies Needed

  • Tape measure
  • Miter or circular saw
  • 1-by-2-inch board (1 or more, depending on size of space)
  • 2-inch brad nails
  • Brad nail gun
  • Level
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 1-inch lattice strip (length dependent on size of space)
  • 1-3/4-inch lattice strip (length dependent on size of space)
  • Caulk

Let’s Begin

1. Measure the space for your plate rack on your wall, and using a saw, cut four pieces from your 1-by-2 board. The length of these pieces will depend on the space you have available. Next, create a rectangular frame with the pieces, and nail the frame into the wall using 2-inch brad nails (see Photo 2).

Photo 2: Cut a rectangular frame to fit your wall, and nail it into place.