Platters… Rack ‘Em Up!

For years I’ve stacked my platters, one on top of the other, but I know I’ve been living on borrowed time before I break or chip one. And that would not be a good day.

So I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a rack like this.

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And yesterday I thought it was my lucky day, because I saw them in Super Store. The catch, they were being used to display merchandise! And after enquiring at Customer Service, I learned they don’t sell these racks, even though a lot of people have been asking for them! So I took a quick photo with my phone on the off chance that I might tackle… or ask my Dad to tackle a knock-off project 😉

Even the display item hints at platter storage potential… and I think this model could easily be replicated.

I decided to keep on searching, you know, just in case. I tried a few different places when I found these racks at London Drugs.

Clearly not intended for platters, but I could see an easy repurposing ahead for an interim quick fix. So I planned to open just one knowing I could return the other if my project failed. Worst case scenario, we would be the owners of a gimmicky BBQ rack.

Before plunging in I decided to look online. And I did find the exact rack I saw at Super Store…

Here.

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Even though it’s showing ‘No Code’, I clicked on Buy It At Target.com

This is what I got.

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🙁 Oh well, at least I know what they call this stand now.

And as one last online hope, I went to IKEA to see what they had. And this is the only thing I found that was even close.

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I thought this might work, especially with the adjustable option. But before getting carried away I wanted to see what it would cost including the shipping.

And this is what came up.

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I don’t mind paying for shipping, but seriously, $34.54 on a $12.99 item? Isn’t IKEA coming to the Island any time soon?

So here’s what I did with my BBQ racks instead.

First I got some Heat Shrinkable Tubing to cover the exposed rack ends, and some rubber mesh to line the base of the rack where the platters would rest.

Like this.

And this.

I wanted to protect the platters from being scratched or chipped when being placed on the rack.

After a trial run with a few platters on board, it looked like this system would work, at least for the time being. So I repurposed the 2nd rack, and climbed up here to put them in place… with the help of a small step ladder!

You can see we have a lot of cupboard space, but platters are awkward sizes and shapes to store. And this space above the fridge is just as awkward to utilize, so it seemed like an obvious fit for the two… as long as the platters could stand up!

Here’s how it worked out.

It’s not perfect, but definitely an improvement from stacking the platters on top of each other. And since they aren’t used that often I think this will work for now.

And there was enough room in front of the racks to store our pitchers…

…which is where they have been, so I’m happy they can stay in the same place.

We’ll live with this system and see how it goes. But I would like to replace these racks with the wooden ones because I think they’re a little more forgiving against the glass and pottery than these racks are. And in the meantime I might see something else that is even better.

Do you have platters to store? What solutions have you come up with? Do you have any you would recommend?

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4 Replies to “Platters… Rack ‘Em Up!”

  1. I don’t use them but I should! 🙂 I think they would be very practical for messy days, like yesterday! We finally made the DELICIOUS mussels you told us about! It was amazing. My kids loved it and ate, ate, ate! But yes, it creates a little mess around here and it would be nice to wash the large pot and put it on a rack like that.

    Thank you so much for the recipe and for remembering my b-day today!!! 🙂 You’re the sweetest, Sheila!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

      1. Hi Sheila
        Can you send me that mussels recipe that Luciane at HomeBunch.com is raving about. I have 4 picky eaters myself..Couldn’t find your recipe on your website. Thanks!
        Michelle

        1. Hi Michelle,
          Yes, I sure will! I have to be honest – my husband makes them, so I just need to get it from him. I don’t think he has it written down! Thanks so much for following up.
          Sheila

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