Many of the items you use in PlateUp are extremely straightforward and easy to comprehend. One of the more confusing items every player will be using often is the Research Desk, and it's one of the critical items you have to use in the PlateUp kitchen. There are several details about this item that are difficult to master when you're first playing the game. This guide will go over how the research desk works, and every item you can upgrade using while playing PlateUp. What is a research desk? Screenshot by Gamepur While you're playing PlateUp, the Research Desk is one of the best early items the game drops. It's better to look at the Research desk as something that will have more payoffs in the future, rather than anything immediate while you're in the kitchen. There are far more investments in this item than in the other items you use in PlateUp. Sometime during the round, you can use it to upgrade certain items and make them into more helpful appliances, like turning a washing basin into a dishwasher. PlateUp's Research Sesk is a helpful way to get around the RNG of the game's random drops, especially if you're trying to go after certain things in the game. How does the research desk work? Screenshot by Gamepur This is easily the hardest part about using the Research Desk in PlateUp. How the Research Deck is not entirely clear. Rather than walking up to the Research Desk to use you, you need to place the Blueprint Cabinet in your restaurant and place the upgradeable appliance next to the Blueprints Cabinet. After you have those two details sorted out, you can actually use the Research Desk. When you start your in-game day in PlateUp, save a little bit of time to walk over to the research desk and use your interaction button to upgrade the appliance. Once you're done, a new item should have appeared in your blueprints cabinet. After the round, you can remove this appliance and buy it. What items can be upgraded? Given how many items and appliances are in PlateUp, there's a wide variety of options to upgrade throughout the game. So, here's a quick list of all the items you can get creative with in PlateUp. Bin Conveyor Counter Dining Table Floor Buffer Hob Mixer Mop Oven Plates Prep Counter Sink Research Desk Whatever upgrades you end up with, they can be some of the best additions to your restaurant, and can even save a dying run of a game.