Coffee Desk

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Free Themes, Popular Free Themes | 163 comments

Latest Version: 3.0
Updated on: 2015/05/31

Here it goes. The Coffee Desk, my newest theme that I am very proud of 😎

I should have released it last week but I got stuck in making the theme compatible with ALL major browsers. I have tried many ways in HTML and CSS but just couldn’t make it display well in major browsers. Finally, I am glad that I found the solutions using jQuery!

This is the first theme I created 3 months after the “Simple Style” theme. Sorry to let you all wait for so long but I will my best to release at least 2 quality themes per month. Hope you like the Coffee Desk theme and visit this site regularly for more releases in future!

Coffee Desk WordPress Theme
Click on the “Free Download” link above to get the theme now!
By using this theme for FREE, you agree to accept the external links.

Add to Cart
Gain access to the fully layered Photoshop file for quick and easy tweakage. PSD files included for both the main and the sub themes.
Add to CartAd-Free Package
Removing the credit links will make the theme to not function properly. Unencrypted main and sub theme files can be purchased at $20.
Theme Customization
Do you want to customize this theme to include images that suit your blog's topic? I can help you with the graphical customization. For more details, please visit the theme customization service page.

The following is an example of a custom design of the Coffee Desk theme.

Main Features
– Nice background. Best viewed with a resolution of 1280px
– Compatible with IE7, IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera
– W3C XHTML and CSS compliant
– Gravatar enable

Things to take note
Header Links
1) Limit the number of the header links to 4 only. If you display more than 4 links, the “paper note” will overlap with the “coffee cup”.
2) Control the length of the links to within 2 lines.

Blog Title
Currently, the blog title is using the Arial font. You can change the font style by following this instruction:
– Open “header.php”
– Remove this code
<div id=”blogtitle”><a href=”<?php echo get_option(‘home’); ?>”><?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?></a></div>
– Save the file and upload to your server
– Open “images/bg_header.jpg” in image editing software
– Add your desired font and content to the image
– Save the image and upload to your server

Blog Description
If you don’t want to display the blog description, simply remove this line from “header.php”:
<div id=”subtitle”><?php bloginfo(‘description’);?></div>

Post Title
Coffee Desk theme allows up to 2 lines for the post title without distorting the design.

Bottom of the Content Area
The white space size below the content area is not a constant. Sometimes you’ll see a big gap, sometimes the gap is small and fits well. This is a design constraint and is not an error.

User Showcase
The followings are a few examples of nice modification of this theme from other users. You can view all the nice design in the forum theme showcase.

View my other themes

Change log
2009-02-24 v1.00 – Release
2009-03-05 v1.01 – Fixed comment display problem in IE.
2009-04-21 v1.02 – Modified the javascript to fix the height of dynamic content.
2009-05-11 v1.03 – Moved Javascript to a .js file. Fixed Tag Cloud widget display problem.
2009-07-14 – Theme is compatible with WP 2.8
2011-03-31 v3.00 – New – Added drop-down menu, ad-widget, Options page, advanced automatic thumbnails, custom style, custom menu (works on WP 3+ onwards) and enabled localization (translation).


  1. I am looking to build a 2-3 page personal (executive) website – not a blog though. I like this template just need to make a few minor changes like making the background an office desk so it has a professional executive feel to it.
    How do I go about doing this… just use the psd? It seems wordpress is just for blogs and I need more of a brochure site.

    • @Alexandra, the modification you mentioned doesn’t require the coding change. By uploading the modified images and your blog will have different design.

  2. Brian is there a way to make the page wider? I need to be able to show more text. Also, how do you remove the calendar in the sidebar?

  3. the page in your forums is something like what I’m looking for how do you do this?

  4. Two more ?? How do you move the credit links from the footer? I have purchased the theme. How to you insert ads into the sidebars & end of posts?

    • @iesha, please post all your issues in the forum and I’ll address them there.

  5. How do I denote which of the 4 top links are displayed? I can’t seem to figure out how to get the 4 pages I want to display there. Thanks for the help.

    • @Nancy, please post this issue in the forum and I’ll address it there.

  6. Has anyone changed the width of their note book page to have more room to write? I need the code to do that on my site (and a link if you don’t mind so I can see it) I can’t figure this out. Help is appreciated!

  7. I cannot upload the theme to my blog (
    It’s show this error like this

    ”’Please correct the error below and submit your template again.
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure that all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: Content is not allowed in prolog.”’

    Can I use this theme in (blogspot ) or in only in wordpress ?
    I saw someone using wordpress theme in his/her
    Help me for my poor knowledge on it.
    love your themes.
    Many thanks !

    • @Lynn, the themes in this site work on WordPress only. If you want to get the Blogspot version of this theme, please go to instead.

  8. I absolutely love this theme…thank you so much for sharing. I am currently tweeking it so that it feels more like me…..

  9. Hi!
    I’m from Brazil, just love your work!
    I have a question. At IE8 and firefox the left/right scroollbar (at the bottom) keeps moving, it shows up and desappear, and the up and down scrollbar keeps going up and down… it makes difficult to read the blog content (actually, it makes me nervous…ehehehe). Do you have any idea of what could be?
    Thank’s for your attention!

    • @Cynthia, please post your issue in the Coffee Desk forum. Meanwhile, please send your site for me to take a look and study.

  10. I love your cafe theme! You should be very proud of it!

  11. Hi Brian,

    Great job with all of your templates! I was seriously pulled between the coffee cup and the water color theme. What great work you do.

    I originally downloaded your coffee cup through another site and uploaded the xml files to Blogger without a problem, and the site is up and fine. However, I can’t figure out how to get the “read more” feature to make my usually long posts shorter. I tried download your file from here, but Blogger gives me error messages. It’s looking for an xml file, and there isn’t one in your zip folder. When I try the other files it can’t read them or tells me that something is incomplete.

    Any Suggestions?


    • @Chaszey, please go to for Blogger issues. This site only address WordPress related issues.

  12. LOVE this theme!!! I’m currently using it.
    I would like to incorporate a few photos on my blog and am wondering if it would be possible to have the option of ‘thumb tacking’ a photo in place of the coffee cup?
    I have NO idea what all that entails from your end, but thought I would ask!
    I LOVE the pen, with the search function in it… I LOVE the note pad appearance, and much much more. Thanks for the cool theme!!!
    🙂 Carey Sue

    • @Carey, the Photoshop file of this theme allows you to turn off the coffee cup layer. You can then add your photo in that area.

  13. Great job with all of your templates! I really love Coffee Desk theme and I will use for my WPblog. Could you tell me how I can get it with full CSS files? Is it OK with WP2.9.1.
    Thank you!

  14. Isn’t wordpress great! Its great to see you supporting the folks that use you theme. I started a gourmet coffee blog this fall and am making it one of my 2010 projects. I’ve been looking at themes for a few months. This one looks good. Do you do any sponsered themes?


    Joe @ the Gourmet Coffee Blog

  15. Whats the encoded string in template.php in this template? It looks like a virus and reports as one to some of my visitors, as I am using this on a site.

    • @Garth, template.php contains links to the advertisers who sponsor the theme. Since the theme is available for free and to prevent others from removing the links, I have no choice but to encode them. I assure you it is not a virus.

      If you want to remove the credit links, you can purchase the ad removal package at $20.

      Hope this clears your doubt 🙂

  16. You should be proud. This is lovely!

  17. I love the design.. Great job.. Quick question though. Does this design support -subpages?

    • @Neil, yes. The subpages links will be displayed in the sidebar.

  18. Hi.

    Is there any way that this can be changed into a Tumblr theme? I’m really in love with it and would love to use it for my Tumblr.

    • @Sara, this theme is available in WordPress and Blogspot. As far as I know, this theme has not been converted to Tumblr.

  19. nice theme

  20. i ll use it. it’s pretty good thanks for sharing

  21. Hi Brian,

    I wanted to drop by and say I absolutely LOVE the work you do. I’ve been on this site so many times oogling your beautiful work. When I decided to redo the theme for my blog, the Coffee Desk theme was the one I chose (The one with the books was a close second). Anyway, I modified it a little and it not only works perfectly, but my readers are thoroughly enjoying it. They said they feel like they are peeking at my notes.

    If you have a chance, come on by and check it out. It can be found at

    I hope you like what I did. 🙂

    Thank you again. Your fabulous work in not going unnoticed.

    • @Barbara, good to hear that you like my themes. And the slight modification of the theme looks fantastic on your blog 🙂

  22. Hi brian..
    First I want to say thanks for your great work.. I just modify title and add plugin featured content gallery,
    oh y.. I have a question, how to change font in my posting? ex:to Lucida Handwriting, because I want to change font in my blog to handwriting type..

    oh.. I almost forgot I had made desktop screenshot from your template, and I will upload to deviantart, I hope you like it, the link I’ll post next…

    And the last, sorry for my bad english ^.^

    • @2nd_frozenheart, glad to see you like this theme.

      As for your question, please post it in the theme support forum and I’ll address it there.

      Btw, thanks for submitting the screenshot to devianart. Appreciate it.

  23. i suuuppperrrr LOVE ur theme!!! Can u possibly make this into a Tumblr theme? Please?

    • @Renee, Tumblr is growing in popularity and I’ll do a feasibility study about offering my themes in Tumblr. But it won’t be implemented in the next 6 months at least due to the current tight schedule.

  24. Hi! I was wondering where I can download this theme for blogspot? Sorry I’m new to blogging so I may have missed something 🙁 Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  25. Hi,

    Great template and I simply love it. I am trying to get the link works at the top right hand corner. Can you advise?

    Thanks :=)

    • @Jessica, just create a “page” instead of “post” and the page link will show up automatically in the header. Btw, please go to the theme’s forum page instead if you want to get theme support.

  26. hi. if you check the blog site

    and click on a post, if you check the bottom of the page, the contents get cut off. is this a css setting? please advise. thank you

    • @chitgoks, I went to one of your posts but couldn’t find the content being cut off.

      Btw, if you have questions regarding the theme, please go to the Coffee Desk forum for support.

  27. hi
    this is a nice template
    but the rings are not fully displayed
    can you help me

  28. Hi Brian –

    I’ve been using (and tweaked) your Coffee Desk theme for quite some time now – I forget when I actually switched over, but I think it was sometime in early 09.

    Regardless, I love the sub-theme you mentioned related to Coffee Desk and would love to use it for my recipe posts (potentially even aggregating my recipes in to a different site). My main site is .

    How do I pay you so that I can have access to the sub-theme(s) if I’m already using the (free) template to begin with?

    Thanks for your expertise & fantastic designs!

    • @sue, thanks for being a loyal user of my theme!

      You’ll be able to get the sub theme for free as soon as it is released. However, due to my busy schedule, you might have to wait for weeks, if not months before the theme will be officially released.

      • thanks, Brian! I’ll check back later for it. 🙂

  29. Does the coffee desk PSD file purchase include the ad free version? I’m assuming no, but before I purchased it, I wanted to be sure.


    • @Loren, the PSD file and ad-free package are sold separately and the price is $35 and $20 respectively.

  30. Is it possible to convert this layout to a Tumblr theme?

    • @Olivia, I think it is possible but I am not familiar with the Tumblr platform. Sorry can’t help.

  31. Does purchasing the $20 ad free version mean you provide the template.php file in an editable format – so it is NOT encoded?

    I’d like to be able to modify and have access to ALL of the source code files.


    • @sway, the ad-free package is not encrypted, meaning that you can edit everything freely.

  32. waov !
    Perfect theme, thank you Templatelite,
    My favorite 🙂

  33. Gorgeous

  34. hi,, i’ve already downloaded the coffee desk theme but i don’t know how to activate it in my wordpress account. Would you help me please..

    • @applebubble, please refer to the installation guide here


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