For a long time, people have been trying to come up with new ways of organizing their kitchen space. From canisters to coffee mug trees, every one of these items can be both stylish and practical, as long as you know what the main criteria for choosing them are.
Coffee mug holders can go a long way in organizing your kitchen space and can gather your favorite cups and mugs in one place. But how does one choose a cup holder and what are some of the best mug trees that money can buy in 2020? Let’s find out!
Making the Best Out of Cup Holders
Generally speaking, mug holders are rather inexpensive items and they are something most people see as an impulse buy. That means that we don’t actually put a lot of through in the shopping process, which often leads people into buying products they don’t like or have difficulty in using properly. So, if you want to organize your cups and mugs, what are some things that you should consider?
- The holder you choose needs to match your mug collection. You will notice that there are a lot of mug trees that can only hold a maximum of 4 cups, so you want to make sure that you go with an options that provides space for all the mugs or cups that are part of a full set.
- Standalone holders are really good if you have the space to put them. Sometimes, small kitchens get super crowded and you need all the available tabletop space you can get. If you choose a standalone mug tree, you need to make sure that base is broad and heavy enough to make the entire structure stable.
- Wall-mounted holders can help save a lot of space and won’t clutter your counter. When you choose to go with these types of holders, safety is really important. Some inexpensive products have really poor glue on the back of the hooks, which will cause them to fall off and break your mugs.
- You can also opt for clip-on racks that can slide under the shelf and they are typically more stable (just make sure they aren’t made from cheap thin wire and won’t bend under the weight of the mug).
- Cup holders don’t always have to be used as cup holders, and the versatility of this product is one of the reasons why it became so popular in kitchens all over the world. For instance, some people like to use mug trees for jewelry showcasing, as it’s super easy to hand bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces on the hooks of a mug tree.
What to Look for In a Coffee Mug Tree
Such a simple and small item, you’d think that there isn’t much to pay attention to when you buy it other than the design, right? Wrong. A coffee mug tree is more than just something that sit in the kitchen and looks pretty, and the three following factors are going to make a world’s different between a tree that’s good and one that’s unsuitable for you.
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The materials used to make the coffee mug tree are an indicator of quality and durability. As you can imagine, a small object such as the mug tree can be made from a variety of different materials, such as plastic, wood, or metal. If it’s durability you’re interested in above all, then you might want to choose a metal mug tree. However, they are not fitted to just any type of kitchen décor, so you’ll have to mix and match style to avoid kitsch decorating mistakes. Wooden coffee mug trees are also a viable choice, but they are most likely to chip or break in time compared to those made from metal.
The stability of the coffee mug tree is another really important factor that you can’t overlook. That’s because the cups need to stay safe, especially if they are placed asymmetrically on the tree. This asymmetry can cause the tree to lose balance and easily tip over, potentially smashing your cups to smithereens. That being said, you want a mug tree that’s stable (those with a heavy base are the ones that will usually not fall every time you reach for a cup).
The design of the mug tree is also important because if it doesn’t match the rest of your kitchen setup, it’s going to stand out in a bad way and will most likely leave you frustrated. But the design of the mug tree translates into more than just looks: it also needs to be practical.
For instance, if the hooks that hold the cups in place aren’t curved in such a way as to prevent the mugs from sliding off, it’s going to be very frustrating to use the holder.
Also, the distance between the hooks also matters, because if they are too close to one another, they will only be able to hold really small cups. Some mug trees are designed for countertop use, while others have mechanisms that allow you to attach them to shelves or cupboards to maximize space and prevent countertop clutter.
Top Super Cute Mug Trees
The first item we’d like to suggest is this nice and practical rotating mug tree with an antique black finish and a solid metal construction. It can hold up to eight mugs and measures 15” H x 8” W x 8” D, having a total weight of three pounds. The distresses look makes it perfect for kitchen with multiple vintage decoration items, offering a unique approach and the ease of being able to rotate the tree to reach for mugs located in the back.
Here is yet another steel mug tree that would look adorable in your kitchen. The black finish makes it a perfect match with all sorts of different coffee and tea cups and mugs, as long as they don’t exceed 3.75″ H x 4.75″ W in dimensions. The entire tree measures 15.25” H x 6.75” W x 6.75” D and weighs 1.42 pounds. The branches are titled upward so the mugs won’t slide off them. If need be, you can also use this mug tree as jewelry support.
The dreamy design of the Cockrell mug tree made it worthy of being part of our “best of” list. Regardless of whether you choose the black or the bronze finish, you are going to enjoy using one of the most stylish coffee mug trees currently available on the market. Measuring 15” H x 6” W x 6” D and at a weight of only one pounds, this is a metal rack that can hold up to four coffee mugs and is designed in such a way as to not tip over when you’re grabbing your favorite cup.
With a distressed vintage look and available in a white, black, and bronze finish, this is one of those mug trees that you absolutely have to have if you love yourself some ol` fashioned kitchen items. This metal wire tree measures 12.8” H x 9.84” W x 9.5” D, which means it won’t take up that much space on your counter. It’s ideal for small kitchen and helps declutter the space by allowing you to group your favorite mug set on the available arms. There is also a rack at the top where you can place your mug plates.
Those of you looking for an affordable and practical solution that doesn’t take up any tabletop space is going to fancy the idea behind the Wayfair Basics mug tree. Measuring 2” H x 11” W x 8” D, this model is designed to be attached to the bottom side of a shelf so that you can hang your coffee mugs from the sturdy steel hooks. It is a budget-oriented option available in a white finish and that can hold up to 10 mugs for your uttermost convenience.
Some coffee mug trees are practical, others are vintage-looking, and others are just darn right adorable. Such is the case of the Ebern Designs mug tree, available in a light turquoise shade and designed to bring a touch of color to an already dreamy kitchen setup. Measuring a mere 13.87” H x 6” W x 6” D, this is one of the most compact mug trees on the market. It is made from durable steel and has a rust and corrosion-resistant construction. It comes with six arms for cup storage and, thanks to its adorable design, it can also be used for other purposes, such as hanging your bracelets or necklaces.
If you are a coffee mug collector, you are going to need a tree that’s capable of holding as many of them as possible. That’s where the Pembina kick in. Available in a white, grey, and zinc finish, and measuring 24.5” H x 13.75” W x 13.75” D, this is a tall and spacious metal mug tree that’s made from flat wire and molded as to provide you with plenty of hooks that can hold a variety of different cups and mugs. It weighs 6.75 pounds, so it’s not the most lightweight product around, but it gets the job done and helps organize your favorite cups all in one place.
Granted, the Edgington only offers room for hanging four coffee mugs or tea cups, but the design is absolutely to die for! Available in a mahogany and a white finish, this baby measures 16” H x 6.5” W x 7.75” D and offers a lightweight and sturdy construction that you can rely on. Made from metal, it is definitely an eye-catcher because of the four arms that swirl inwards and create an attractive setup for those who wish to decorate their kitchen in style!
Wayfair Basics has made it back to our list with yet another impressive and practical coffee mug tree. Also made from metal, this 14” H x 5.87” W x 5.87” D tree offers you the right opportunity to have your cups stored in fashion, thanks to the six integrated hooks that blend in perfectly with the rest of the metal design of the body.
If you fancy golden kitchen items, you are going to fall in love with the Carla mug tree. Not only does it shine and makes a statement, it’s also a practical product that measures 14.75” H x 8.75” W x 10” D and doesn’t take up that much kitchen counter space. It can store up to 10 mugs or cups and has a steel body that reflects durability. The design helps prevent the stand from tipping over when you reach for your cups, and the hooks are titled upwards so that no cups will slide off them.
Wooden kitchen items are a thing, and a beautiful one at that. Don’t assume they are only compatible with rustic decors (even if that’s where they fit best) because their versatility can’t be contested. Let’s take this cool-looking bamboo coffee mug tree. Measuring 13.5” H x 6.25” W x 6.25” and weighing a little less than one pound, this is the kind of product that would look nice adorned with a bunch of different coffee mugs and cups. It can hold up to six cups and comes with a painted base that depicts two very adorable cows.
The Holbrook coffee mug tree is the kind of product that you’d expect to see in an industrial setting, as it has a steampunk-like design that stands out through rugged elements and a full metal construction. The tree is constructed from a bunch of galvanized steel pipes that are hand-painted and available in a variety of different finishes: weathered steel, amber, black, chestnut, copper, dark bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, and nickel. The tree measures 17” H x 10” W x 7” D and can hold up to four cups.
If a metal coat rack took the shape of a mug tree, this is probably what it would look like. The Frankenmuth coffee mug tree comes with four hooks for holding your cups and measures 13.9” H x 8.4” W x 8.4” D. being made from metal, it weighs heavier than the others (a total of 5.6 pounds) but it has a durable construction that will last you for years to come. The solid brass construction of this cup holder is available in a wide variety of finishes, from oil-rubbed bronze to satin chrome.
Who can resist the idea of a practical mug tree adorned with a black bear? With aluminum construction and measuring 15.25” H x 9.75” W x 8.25”, this one-pound cup holder looks more like a sculpture rather than a mug tree. It has a distressed look and features four hooks for your coffee mug placement needs. The rustic vintage design makes it suitable for kitchen that are decorated in this style, including cottage, country, and lake house-themed setups.
Our last suggestion for the day is another intricate coffee mug holder with spiraled hooks that can easily hold up to four mugs. Measuring 12” H x 9” W x 9” D, this holder is made from metal with a brown finish and hand-forged to create one of the most durable products of its category (no wonder it measures five pounds). This environmentally-friendly cup holder is made from recycled content and its design makes it ideal for modern to traditional-themed kitchens.
When you’re on the market shopping for a coffee mug tree, keep in mind that construction and stability are factors just as important as design. Granted, it’s nice to have matching products from a style point of view, but it’s also important to invest in cup holders that won’t put your favorite mugs as risk. Remember that most mug trees are standalone products and they may take up space on your kitchen counter that you simply can’t spare. In this case, don’t be afraid to go with alternative solutions, such as a mug rack that’s attached underneath a shelf and helps you take advantage of the available vertical space in your kitchen.