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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Sink Covers

Since I’m the chief cook and bottle washer in our RV, I sometimes put off doing the dishes until the mood strikes. However, since our 5th wheel is like a small one bedroom efficiency apartment there is no room to allow for dirty dishes to pile up. There is however room for them to “pile down.”

Tour most any new RV and you are likely see these new fancy sink covers. Some people see these sink covers as merely an extension of a flat surface from which to prepare meals.
Upon closer inspection you will notice that these “counter top extensions” are more than that – they are in fact “pile down” devices. It is here where you can store the breakfast and lunch dishes with impunity and hence the term “pile down.” This is very convenient because nobody notices that you have dirty dishes lingering under these “counter top extensions.”

You can go about your day and face the dishes at a later time. You can relax and read this blog, take a walk, read a book or whatever you enjoy doing because the dishes will wait. And, they will wait in obscurity.

If your RV did not come with a sink cover, chances are that you can either make one like I did or you can purchase them at your local RV parts dealer. Here are some examples of wood and plastic sink covers. I measured the sink-hole, cut a cardboard pattern to make sure it fit and traced the pattern onto a nice piece of plywood. I cut out the cover with a scroll saw, drilled a finger hole and stained it. Done! If you sink does not have a recessed rim for the sink cover to fit into, you can glue some short pieces of wood on the bottom of the cover to hold it in place along the sides of the sink basin.

I made two sink covers but normally only use one since I leave one sink open for use. There is ample space in one sink for “piling down.” Now I use my extra time to do what I enjoy doing, like woodworking. Now forget about those dishes and relax :) Jim



  • Great blog – keep up the good info –
    Perhaps you might enjoy my blog –

    Steve & Peter


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 13, 2007 6:58:00 PM PST  

  • I happen to break one of my Corian sink covers. So, my husband came up with the idea of getting a plexiglass piece made by a glass shop. Then we went to Mexico and had it airbrushed with a lighthouse scene since that is my passion. It looks beautiful and was a lot cheaper then replacing it with Corian. He now wants to continue the scene unto the Corian side, but I'm not ready for that yet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2007 8:33:00 AM PST  

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