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Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack

I’ve been wanting a plate rack on my wall since we built the farmhouse. I looked at so many DIY Tutorials that seems doable, but nothing was exactly what I wanted. I love to layer dishes and bread boards so the standard Plate Rack just didn’t allow for much layering. When I found a pallet style shelve at Hobby Lobby I decided to give it a try.

Blank Wall ready for DIY Wall Plate Rack. Farmhouse dining room with shiplap walls.

This is where I wanted my plate rack

My inspiration for this Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack was a pallet style shelf that I found at Hobby Lobby. The base was 5 1/2 inches deep with a lip that was 2 1/2 inches high. Perfect for layering.

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Wait for the Sale

Step one is to wait for the shelf to go on sale. You will need two shelves so with the sale, your can purchase two for the price of one. They are usually on sale approx. every other week.

Supplies needed to make your own Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack

Here are the two shelves, two spindles and a dowel rod

Purchase materials

  • Two side pieces cut 2 – 3 inches longer than the length you want your plate rack – additional details below.
  • 1 dowel rod 1/2 inches in diameter cut slightly longer than the width of the shelf.
  • Two shelves from Hobby Lobby
  • Paint
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Screws
  • Drill & Drill Bit 1/2 inch.
  • Level
  • S hooks

Next you will need something to connect the two shelves so that it appears to be one unit. You could use any trim molding or just a simple board attached to the sides. I had a couple of old spindles with chippy blue paint that I decided to use. You can also purchase spindles at the hardware store or here, if you don’t have access to vintage ones. You will also want a dowel rod 1/2 inch in diameter.

I used the same paint color as my walls are painted.

If you want your plate rack to match your wall, use the exact same wall paint. I used White Dove by Benjamin Moore because my ship lap is painted that color.

Paint your materials

Begin by painting the shelves and the dowel rod. If your side pieces are going to match, paint those as well. I decided to leave my spindles with the chippy blue paint instead.

Install the shelves for your plate rack

Once the paint is dry, begin installing the two shelves one above the other with wood screws. To make sure your shelves are level and even, your should use a laser level before attaching the screws. If you are working on sheet rock and cannot align your screws with a wall stud, be sure to use wall anchors. The distance between your shelves is a personal preference or based on the length of your side material. Since I was attaching spindles to the side, I had to allow for 2-3 inches to hang below the bottom shelf.

Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack.  Step by Step instructions.  Farmhouse, rustic style.

Drill holes for the Dowel rod

Using a drill bit, drill a hole into the bottom of your side pieces from the inside. This will allow the dowel rod to be installed. I suggest doing this before installing the side piece. Just be sure the holes are the same distance from the bottom of your side piece and are in alignment. If you don’t desire a rod at the bottom, you can skip this step.

Easy DIY Tutorial to make your own Wall Plate Rack Farmhouse Style Rack, Country and Rustic style Plate Rack

Attach Side Pieces to your plate rack

Using your drill and wood screws, attach your side pieces to the side of each shelf. Remember to leave 2-3 inches below the bottom shelf of your plate rack.

Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack.  Makes layering your dishes even more fun.  Farmhouse style plate rack.  DIY Style, Farmhouse Style.

Add Dowel Rod

Run your dowel rod through the drilled holes at the bottom of your side piece. You can add a drop of wood glue to each end to hold the rod in place. Touch up any area that may have been damaged during installation with your paint. Add S Hooks if desired to hold additional items.

Easy DIY Plate Rack.  Farmhouse style ship lap and dining room.

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The deep shelf on this Easy DIY Plate Rack allows for the layering of plates, vases, bread boards, etc.

Great storage in the Easy DIY Plate Rack for your wall.  Farmhouse style dining room.

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As you can see, the plate rack continues to hold all my collections and is constantly evolving. See 5 Ways To Decorate A Plate Rack here.

How do you like it? I’m thrilled with the results. It’s exactly to look I wanted and add so much storage space as well. This is one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve done. If you have questions or any comments, please leave them below. Thanks so much for stopping by.



Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack Tutorial 
Add storage and lots of character to your farmhouse wall.
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Sunday 8th of May 2022

WOW, can I come shop at your house!?!


Sunday 8th of May 2022

Oh you are so kind. Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday 9th of April 2022

Beautiful WOW never would have tought of that ......


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Eva, I appreciate your kind words.


Saturday 9th of April 2022

Love this, as I love all your DIY's. Currently looking for a blank wall where I can pull this off. Got a question for you: the white table beneath the shelf---is this a DIY? Asking as I've got a side-of-the road table I'm considering doing something similar to...Thanks Rachel!


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Gail, Thanks so much. It's a vintage card table and I painted it.


Saturday 9th of April 2022

I love this DIY Rachel I want to make a plate wall too🤗🤗


Saturday 9th of April 2022

Ann, I love mine. You will too.


Saturday 9th of April 2022

clever, love how you layer everything.


Saturday 9th of April 2022

Karyn I really appreciate this.