This is my dish rack, it's in the cabinet over the sink. The racks are removable so they can be cleaned, and there's a removable drip tray underneath. I chose cabinet doors that were perforated to help with air circulation, you can see that on the right. This type of rack is typical here (Italy); I've never seen a kitchen without one. Some people use it to store their cups and plates, so they wash them and just leave them. I prefer putting my dishes and cups in a proper cupboard and using the rack for drying everything, except cutlery and utensils, which dry in a perforated steel container on the drainboard of the sink. The only drawback for me is that having the dishes hidden away gives me a reason to be lazy about putting them away, but I've been working on that. These racks do take quite a bit of cabinet space, which is why people use them for storing too, but I'm lucky enough to have a fairly big kitchen with a good amount of cabinet space. I'm surprised that they're not popular elsewhere because they are really convenient. I think the typical north American kitchen is probably much bigger than the typical Italian one (actually I'm sure that it is!), so I imagine that a lot of people would have space for them.
huh- this is neat
where would you get these in America? this really appeals to me. I have a kitchen which is MUCH SMALLER than a standard american kitchen. We have no dishwasher. We're 4 people. I have one smallish cabinet right over the sink that I use for all our dishes and cups anyway... so it could really be useful for me!
Currently DH or I are handwashing after every meal and then just emptying the drying rack (which I didn't buy but was left behind by tenant, and I am just using it for now since we don't have extra $$ and why replace something that works just fine, ykwim?) before doing the next round. Pots and pans and lids all hang, and knives have a magnetic strip, so they all go straight there when clean and dry in place. I actually like the idea of just drying the things where they will stay... I'd love to reclaim the counter space that our rack takes up- its probably a quarter of the total counter space in the kitchen.