Making an Easy, Homemade Coffee Rack

If you elegantly suck down a pot of coffee a day like I do, then you likely have accumulated an abundance of coffee mugs as well.

I love my coffee mugs. They’re a happy representation of me, a collection of kindness gifted from friends and family. For the most part – I still have the one that says I am an asshole, given to me by an ex (but I still like it, hah).

Goals & Garbage - Good Morning Asshole Coffee Mug

I use my pretty, purple, floral-printed one for fancier occasions – it was a Christmas present from my former boss. My giant bunny mug, taken from an Easter get-together, is guzzled from when I need an extra dose of caffeine (always). My David Bowie one is used when I need to look cool. I appreciate my Germany mugs for nostalgia.

And because I have such a multifarious and wonderful assortment, it’d feel sacrilegious to stick them in a cabinet and not put them on full display.

Goals & Garbage - Purple Anthropologie Coffee Mug

Goals & Garbage - A Collection of Coffee Mugs

Now – full disclosure. I made this mug holder years ago. Now that I actually own a screwdriver and a saw, it’s possible that, if I were to make a new coffee rack, I’d try something a bit more adventurous. However, at the time, I was a young, coffee-chugging college kid that was too cheap to pay $55.00 at Pottery Barn for a display.

So, if you are looking for a painfully simple and cute way to display your mugs, then this is definitely a viable option!

Making an Easy, Homemade Coffee Rack:


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Goals & Garbage - A Cup of Coffee and a French Press


  1. Purchase shower caddy.
  2. I felt the chrome color made the caddy look too much like it belonged in the bathroom, so I purchased a flat black spray paint to disguise it.
    (I like Rust-Oleum because it is higher quality, and even now, years later, the black paint has barely worn off! Even with me frequently removing and replacing mugs.)
    Take outside or in a well-ventilated area, and spray the shower caddy black.
  3. Wait to dry for at least 24 hours.
  4. Hammer nails or screw in screws in the desired location of where you want your coffee rack to be.
  5. Place coffee rack on nail/screw and ensure it feels sturdy.
  6. Begin adding coffee mugs to the rack.
  7. You’re done! Told you it was easy!

P.S. This is not even close to my entire display of mugs. The rest are on top of the fridge… Awaiting me to build a shelf for them.

Goals & Garbage - A photo of coffee mugs and a coffee rack

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