Designer Picks: Organizers for Mugs and Tea Cups

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Oct 07, 2011 | Linda Merrill

12 cup holder from Salad-recipe.netWhen available storage space is at a premium in the kitchen, we are always on the lookout for great storage and organization solutions. Here is a great list of storage ideas for mugs and cups to fit all tastes and needs. Plus, when we need our coffee, we want our mugs close at hand!

One of my favorite storage items for many uses is a simple under-shelf storage basket. At only 4-1/2” high, these are shelves are perfect uses of those last few inches in a shelf and are available in three different widths.

Another under-shelf option is a wire or plastic 12-cup holder, which makes great use of available space in a cabinet. Perfect for those with big families who require larger service needs. Mount the holder under a shelf or cabinet.

The Mounted Rotating Mug Rack from Organize-It can be mounted inside or underneath a cabinet and holds four standard size mugs. As many as needed can be installed in a small space as the rotating feature makes access much easier.

Pottery Barn’s Mug Organizer has a clean look that will work well in modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances. This organizer can be mounted on a wall or on the side of a cabinet or door and will hold 12 mugs.

The simple cup hook, which usually comes in brass, stainless steel or black, is the most classic of all cup hangers. Simple screw into the underside of a shelf or the cabinet and you’re done. These are very useful for those with a mis-matched set of cups and mugs as they can be installed at varying distances to fit the space needed.

Apartments and other rental dwellings are often short on storage space. Suction cup hooks are a great solution when you can’t screw things into the woodwork, walls or cabinets. Suction cups come in several different sizes and work best when screwed into non-porous surfaces like glass, tile or plastic. Backsplashes and sides of refrigerators may be the perfect spot for these non-permanent cup holders.

If handmade is your thing, Etsy seller Innovation Workshop offers a quality pegged cup holder made of mahogany and maple. It is pretty enough for counter or table. 

Sometimes we have to think outside the box. An over-door shoe organizer can be used to store many kitchen items from utensils to spice jars to coffee mugs. If you have an available door are lacking in cabinet storage space, this could be the perfect solution.

The Natural Iron 6 mug coffee rack gets the vote for prettiest holder of the lot. The elegant scroll design fits in perfectly with a country or cottage kitchen.

If teacups with saucers are more your style, the wrought iron tea cup holders from accommodates both. Made of wrought iron, the holders come in standard and demitasse sizes.

Fox Run makes expandable wooden mug racks to mount on the wall. Their versatile wooden pegs can be used to hang just about anything, including kitchen utensils or even coats.

The Fintorp rails and hooks from Ikea are certainly among the most cost-effective solution for cup and mug storage. Add on rail lengths and specific number of hooks as needed. Perfect in kitchens of many styles, the rails and hooks are powder coated steel in a matte black.

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