The IKEA ORDNING dish drainer is a simple stainless-steel drainer with space for 29 plates and a whole bunch of bowls and glasses.
It’s simple and clean looking with a minimal style. In the same series there are also matching stands for both flatware and kitchen utensils. The ORDNING cutlery holder is a popular IKEA hack.
The dish drainer? Not so much. Yet a few enterprising IKEA hackers have found ways to tweak and modify the dish drainer to work in surprising ways. Let’s take a look at these few rare ORDNING dish drainer hacks.
The ORDNING Tea & Coffee Shelf hack
IKEA items used
IKEA ORDNING dish-drainer FIXA electric screwdriver
The backstory is that I bought the ORDNING dish-drainer for the previous apartment’s kitchen, but it took up too much space in my current apartment’s teeny-tiny kitchen, so I’m using something else instead.
I was keeping all the sugar/ coffee/ tea stuff right on top of the microwave, it looked and felt cluttered and I wanted to put a shelf there anyway, but I didn’t want to drill into the tiles.
Inspiration struck and I took the ORDNING dish-drainer apart with the FIXA screwdriver. Then I screwed back only the bottom tray (without the supporting thingy), turned upside-down. That’s it.
It fits perfectly over and around my microwave.
I’m trying to see if I can use the top part as a side rail on my (also hacked) condiment shelves to keep the condiments from falling behind the stove. Still working on that! Fingers crossed.
~ by Meira
IKEA ORDNING dish drainer grip hack
The problem I was solving: The ORDNING dish drainer has the capacity we need, but it sits on the rim of our drainboard, which is sloped.
This makes it unstable as it can slip off easily and put our crockery at risk of breaking. Here’s a picture of the sloped edge of the drainboard.
Flip over the ORDNING dish drainer so the feet are up.
Use hot glue gun to make a thin line of hot glue along each of the feet. I kept to the inside edge of the feet, because our drainboard slopes down there. This way I would add grip and even out the height disparity. I recommend adding a thicker layer of glue in the middle section, see “what I’d do differently” for my explanation.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.