DIY Mug Rack: 8 Simple Steps to Say Goodbye to Cupboard Chaos

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
1 Material
45 Minutes

Transform your stuffed and cramped cupboards into an organized and visually appealing storage solution with this DIY mug rack project. By using mop racks and handles, you can optimize space, reduce clutter, and create a unique coffee mug display idea.

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Follow the step-by-step guide to paint, modify, and mount the racks, and add decorative elements to personalize your kitchen decor while enjoying the practicality of this creative storage solution.

DIY mug rack project materials

1. Gather the Materials

To get started, you'll need the following materials:

Over door hooks (three in total)

Mop handles


Black spray paint

Metal saw

Black zip ties

Faux greenery

Flatten the rack hook using pliers or hands

2. Prepare the Mop Racks

Take the mop racks and ensure they are ready for installation. Using pliers or your hands, bend the hook forward slightly so that it rests flush against the wall without sticking out too much. This step helps create a streamlined look.

Spray painting the mop racks black

3. Apply Black Spray Paint

We want this mug display idea to have a sleek appearance, so we will apply black spray paint. Remember to use small, even coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. This technique prevents the paint from running or dripping. Depending on the coverage, you may need two or three coats of spray paint.

Cutting the bottom of the mop handle with a metal saw

4. Modify the Mop Handles

Trim the mop handles by cutting off the bottom section with the screw end. Mark the desired length on the handle and use a metal saw to make the cut. Ensure you use a suitable blade designed for cutting metal and proceed slowly. Once you've cut through the handle, snap off the excess piece.

Arranged cut mop handles and painted mop racks for the DIY mug rack assembly

5. Arrange the Components

Lay out the cut mop handles and the painted mop racks. Arrange them according to your desired width, using the first rack at the top, the second one a few inches down, and the third rack at the bottom.

Securing the mop handles to the mop racks with black zip ties

6. Secure the Components

To join the mop racks and handles, use black zip ties. Wrap the zip ties around the top of the mop handles and pull them tight. Attach two zip ties on each side of the racks to ensure sufficient friction and prevent the racks from falling down. Trim off any excess length from the zip ties.

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7. Mount the Organizer

Position the racks against the wall where you want them to be installed. Leave the screws slightly protruding from the wall to accommodate the handles. 

Mounting the DIY mug rack onto the wall

Slide the handles onto the screws, ensuring a secure fit.

Add decorative dishes and coffee mugs

8. Add Decorative Elements

To enhance the visual appeal of your cupboard organizer and coffee mug display, consider adding decorative items such as plates and coffee mugs.

If you find that something is still missing, introduce some greenery for a refreshing touch. Be creative and customize the arrangement to your liking.

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Decorated mug rack with coffee mugs and decorative plates for kitchen display

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This DIY project offers a fantastic way to organize your kitchen and showcase your favorite coffee mugs.

By using mop racks and handles, you can create a neat and visually appealing storage solution. Take the opportunity to transform your cluttered cupboards into a beautiful and functional space.

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below, and let's celebrate your journey towards a more organized and charming kitchen.

Suggested materials:
  • Over door hooks
  • Pliers
  • Mop handles
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  • Nikki Varton Nikki Varton on Jul 04, 2023

    Looks good but I would not rely on zip ties, especially for crockery. Rather screw the hook racks to the poles or use pop rivets.

  • Ruth Fitch Ruth Fitch on Jul 06, 2023

    It looks amazing! I don't have space in my kitchen but it would work in my shed, and might make that place look a bit tidier and nicer too. Thank you.