Good ideas start with brainstorming. Great ideas start with coffee.
If you’re a coffee lover, a home coffee station is always a great idea. Brewing your own signature java at home is not only efficient, it’s also considerably cheaper than daily trips to the coffee shop.
You probably already have the perfect counter, corner, or shelf for creating a coffee bar at home. A huge space is not required; you just need enough room for the coffee essentials.
Scroll through our best coffee station ideas and start brainstorming on how to create your own perfect home coffee nook.
A great coffee station is one where storage is king. A combination of cabinets, drawers, shelves, and cubbies can be used to hold all your coffee supplies.
Whether it’s a dedicated kitchen cabinet or a freestanding piece of furniture, you’ll want a cabinet door to keep certain supplies out of sight.
An old entertainment center that no longer serves a purpose (thanks to larger, flat-screen TVs) makes an excellent home coffee station.
The open area is the perfect size for a Keurig and espresso machine, and it’s tall enough to line up your bottles of flavored syrups.
2. Coffee Bar
An unused bar area may be the best place to locate a home coffee station. Older homes often have a wet bar that is perfect for transforming into a coffee area.
Wet bars include a small sink that is helpful for refilling the Keurig or Mr. Coffee, or for quick-washing coffee accessories. They also usually have built in cabinets for storing your extra mugs and coffee supplies.
Just as your local coffee shop changes décor along with the seasons, transform your coffee bar seasonally.
Replace a coffee pod basket with a pumpkin-shaped ceramic jar during the autumn months and display your holiday mugs in December.
Accent your coffee corner with pastel linens and flowers in the springtime. During summer, switch out hot coffee supply items for cold beverage options, such as lemonade and iced tea.
A home coffee station doesn’t require a particularly deep or wide footprint. If all the space you have is one corner, even it can house a small, built-in triangular coffee bar.
Hiring a builder to make a built-in coffee station isn’t necessary, however. Any type of kitchen cart or small island can become a corner coffee station.
Look around your kitchen, dining room, and living room for an open corner big enough for a coffee cart. Next, focus on making use of your vertical storage space.
Hang a wall cabinet or a couple of shelves over your corner cart. This coffee supply zone should be big enough to hold jars of coffee, sugar, spoons, and the like.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large kitchen, you likely have sections of unused counter space. These empty countertops are the perfect place to build a home coffee bar.
One logical coffee bar location is present in most kitchens. Beside the refrigerator there’s often a single upper and lower cabinet, with a small countertop perfect for a small coffee station.
Look for a coffee mug tree to store coffee cups on your countertop. These handy units are just the right size to keep mugs at hand without taking up too much room on your coffee bar.
They’re also a fun way to showcase a colorful mug collection or display seasonal mugs to match your kitchen décor.
DIY coffee station ideas are likely already sitting right under your nose. A farmhouse coffee bar is a great place to use reclaimed objects, such as pallet wood or antique signs.
Replace cabinet door panels with chicken wire for a rustic, farmhouse vibe. Paint an old shutter and nail it beside your DIY coffee bar to display mugs hung from “S” hooks.
Repurpose a simple two-shelf bookcase into a coffee bar set up along a kitchen or dining room wall. The height will probably be just right for DIY coffee prep, and the shelves will hold all the essentials.
You can easily transform an old dresser into a kitchen coffee station by adding a coat of chalkboard paint in your favorite color. Be sure to add humorous signs or other decorative touches that reflect your personality.
Kitchen coffee station ideas generally flow from making use of the room’s current footprint. It’s best to prepare your morning coffee a few steps away from the family’s kitchen traffic path.
Therefore, if you have more than one area to house your coffee station ideas, choose the one that’s somewhat removed from the morning chaos.
A chalkboard or chalkboard wall is a fun addition to your home coffee station. Use it to lend a real coffeeshop vibe to your kitchen.
List the available coffees and flavorings you have on hand, along with a snack menu. Encourage kids or guests to add their own chalk artwork and doodles.
7. Living Room
Your living room might not be the first place that comes to mind for a DIY coffee station, but it can be an ideal location. This is particularly true if you entertain often.
What’s more convenient than having a modern DIY coffee station right in the room where you relax and watch TV?
If you have an open floor plan, the best location for a DIY coffee station might be along a wall between the two zones.
An electric kettle is a great living room coffee bar idea, especially if you prefer a cup of soothing herbal tea at night. It’s always a good idea to include tea selections on any DIY coffee station, especially one intended mainly for guests.
8. Open Shelving
Open shelving is key for transforming a simple coffee cart into an actual coffee area. Store coffee beans, ground coffee, tea bags, sugar, and other supplies in decorative jars lined in a row.
Your coffee mugs can be lined up, stacked, or hung from hooks below the open shelves. A green plant adds life to your coffee area, especially when it trails down from the top shelf to your countertop.