LAZY SUSAN CUPBOARD TURNED ULTIMATE COFFEE STATION
Are you looking for Lazy Susan cabinet organization ideas?
If your kitchen is more than 15 years old, chances are you have one of those wonderful lazy susans…the kind that occupies an entire cupboard and has several levels. White or metal, with a giant rod in the middle. There is empty spaces in the corners that are never used. They either spin too fast or too slow. You know the one, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t know what I was talking about!
I have 3 in my small kitchen. 3! Two in upper cabinets, and one in a lower cabinet. I used to hate them. I even had two of the three removed and sitting in my basement for the longest time. It took me a while, and a hit on my ego to admit to myself they actually are quite useful. When used properly.
This occurred to me, when I FINALLY discovered the ULTIMATE Lazy Susan Cabinet Organization idea for in an Upper CUPBOARD.
I found a way to combine something that I love (COFFEE) with something I used to really despise in my kitchen. Creating something beautiful…. ahh. I can’t wait to show you.
THE BEST LAZY SUSAN CABINET ORGANIZATION IDEA
This would be….drumroll please. All your coffee/tea supplies.
I have put ALL the things in my Lazy Susan Cabinets in the past. Clearly, none of them ever really stuck because I kept looking for ways to use it better. With joy I can now say, this is one cupboard I won’t be compulsively re-organizing every few months
Some tried and failed past uses
- Tupperware/food storage containers
- Baking supplies
- Cans and bulk foods
- Water bottles
- Dry food goods
Yep. I have tried many different things. The same things were ALWAYS happening. I would loose things, things where the wrong height, I couldn’t see everything well enough…etc etc.
SO BEFORE YOU TRY TO ‘REPURPOSE’ YOUR LAZY SUSAN CABINET, TRY MY IDEA BELOW
ORGANIZATION IDEAS FOR TURNING YOUR LAZY SUSAN CABINET INTO A COFFEE STATION
- Highest tier = Cups. This is because You don’t really need to have much visibility of the cups themselves. It is easy to stack them two high (just don’t ever spin it TOO fast) and be able to store a LOT of cups. I have around 22 cups stored up there. Even though I am short, with a little tip toeing I can grab a cup down easily.
- 2nd tier = supplies. Position this tier closer to eye level. Store all your larger coffee and tea supplies on this level. I have
- Stir spoons
- Sugar pot
- Tea bag containers
- Loose tea bags
- Bags of hot chocolate
- Cabinet bottom = Containers. I have 4 of the small IKEA VARIERA containers to store my
- Extra Keurig Pods
- Loose hot chocolate packets
- Travel Mugs
- Coffee filters and Keurig filters as well as bags of coffee
- Back corner of cabinet: I shove my coffee grinder back there. haha, I don’t use it very much anymore, since I have my keurig and just buy already ground coffee for the reusable filter. Coffee grinders are LOUD when babies are sleeping.
- Front of cabinet: Not pictured, but I have enough room between the support pole for the Lazy Susan, and the front of the cupboard to fit a large Maxwell house coffee tin! So that’s very handy too.
For reference my cabinet is 23″ x 23″ (back walls that meet at a 90′ angle) then 29″ high.
HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR COFFEE CORNER
BY USING THE COUNTERTOP BENEATH THE LAZY SUSAN CABINET
This is where I have my Coffee maker itself! I have a Keurig Elite and a Cuisinart coffee maker with instant hot water.
Then I also have an IKEA GARNERA serving stand to display my Keurig cups in a pretty way!
Additionally I have a cute ceramic water pitcher which I use to fill up my coffee maker and Keurig. I do this because I was once told, using the coffee pot itself to fill up the coffee maker can wreck it over time! Coffee pots have residual oils in them sometimes (coffee is oily believe it or not) and that can somehow get into the water section of your coffee maker and plug things up. Apparently.
I went with it, because it gave me an excuse to have a cute water pitcher to help ‘fill space’ in the corner in a cute way
Add some decorative elements and you have yourself a cute little coffee corner!
WHY A COFFEE CORNER?
I absolutely LOVE coffee stations. I think they are adorable, so fun, and makes coffee time feel special. So I had wanted a nice little area to have all my coffee things nicely kept together.
We were really close to buying a separate table or free standing cabinet, but after refinishing my kitchen I saw inspiration for the perfect spot for it.
Took the largest corner of my kitchen, put all my coffee stuff on the counter there. Then naturally I thought, hey, I’ll put my coffee cups etc into the cupboard above it. Keep it all together nicely.
Ta da! My coffee station was born, and My lazy susan finally had the ultimate use as the perfect place to house ALL my coffee supplies.
I hope this was helpful!
I AM REALLY CURIOUS HOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE FOUND THE BEST USE FOR THEIR LAZY SUSAN’S!
If you have an idea you want to share, please let me know in the comments below! I would love to put together a post on the BEST ways to organize all types of Lazy Susan Cabinets, so please chime in