If you can’t function without your morning cup of joe, you aren’t alone. Americans consume more than 400 million cups of coffee per day, so it should come as no surprise that coffee stations are becoming a must-have design element in the modern home.
Before you start knocking down walls, however, there are a few things to consider about designing your own coffee bar. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind as you’re looking for coffee station ideas.
How much room do you have for your coffee station? Can you make use of corners, kitchen nooks or unused vertical space?
The coffeemaker is essential, of course, but you’ll probably want a microwave nearby as well. You’ll also need somewhere to store mugs, spoons, saucers, sugar packets and extra coffee filters.
Give yourself at least a foot of countertop space between your coffeemaker and the edge of the station. You’ll need room to prepare your morning brew, and you won’t want to play balancing games with hot mugs.
This is where you can let your imagination run wild. The good news is that there are plenty of coffee station design ideas to choose from before you start building!
Once you’ve nailed down the four “A”s, you can start creating and decorating your in-home coffee haven. But what if you need a little more inspiration in terms of themes, colors, layouts and organization? Here are just 23 ideas that will strike a match to your creativity.
It’s perhaps not a coincidence that the sideboard featured in this idea is an espresso color. This look is perfect for those who really take their coffee seriously. The shelves above offer plenty of space to hang your coffee mugs and having the word “CAFÉ” displayed at the top adds a bit of charm. What’s especially nice about this look is that it uses a variety of mugs in the display. That’s a bit more realistic. If you’re like most people, you have quite a few different styles of coffee mugs and you won’t necessarily want to buy a whole new set simply to create a uniform look to your coffee nook.
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If you’re looking for something really different, check out this china cabinet-turned coffee station. The wood is painted in a shabby chic style with patches made to look weathered. What makes it especially unique is the small light at the top and the metal detail in the back. The light will make this metal sparkle and shine. Small baskets keep some of the things you might need for preparation like spoons or coffee pods organized and out of sight. There’s only space for a few mugs, but most people have just one or two favorite mugs they always use. You can always store extra mugs down below or in another cupboard.
Getting Your Java with Jesus
With a message like this on your wall, you’ll be able to start your day with the perfect blend of humor and faith. The dark wood of the sign matches nicely with the top of the small pantry cabinet shelf. White is found throughout the space – in the words, the hanging coffee mugs, and the drawers – giving it a pleasant, airy feeling. Though the space itself is small, you’ll see that there’s plenty of room for a combination coffee pot and espresso maker. That allows you to easily make anything that suits your mood without taking up too much space. The simple watering can used as a vase to hold lavender is sure to brighten up your day. The scent can even make the space feel calm.
Splashing Color into Your Coffee Bar
Bright colors always set such a happy tone, and that’s definitely true with this bright blue sideboard. Having a single-serving coffee maker and a coffee pot might seem like overkill, but you never know whether you’re going to make an afternoon treat for yourself or a full pot for all of your visitors. Colorful touches like the rings on the coffee mugs, the top of the container, and the butterflies on the cookie jar tie everything on the shelves together. The two distinct signs – “Coffee House” and “Have a cup of cheer” are easy to recreate and play an important role in setting the right tone for the area. Remember, though, that no matter how good an area looks, it still needs to be practical for you. If those top shelves are too high for you to reach, you’ll want to keep decorative items there rather than everyday items like sugar.
Turning Your Bar Into a Multipurpose Space
Reaching from the floor to the ceiling, this coffee station idea could be something that’s built into the design of the home, but it’s also a look you could create yourself by adding crown molding to the top. The rustic sliding door would fit perfectly with a country style kitchen. However, note that this version only covers up one side of the shelf. If you’re the type of person who wants to hide small messes, you’ll want something that has two doors. There’s just enough space on the counter to make your coffee, and you could easily use the shelving below to stash small appliances or pans.
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A coffee station doesn’t have to be an elaborate set-up, as you can see here. You simply need a creative organization system for the area. By hanging mugs and coffee pods on the wall, you free up a lot of space on your counters and in your kitchen cabinets. The black rods here nicely contrast with the white in the walls and the mugs, but you can definitely add a lot more personality. For instance, instead of all-white mugs, you could display the colorful mugs you’ve collected over the years. You could also hang a small piece of artwork over the coffee maker to brighten the area up. Just do a little something more to make the space feel like it’s yours.
Create Your Own Coffee House
While this coffee station idea is obviously intended to fit in a public space, you can definitely incorporate some of the ideas into an idea for your home. For instance, the chalkboard sign is both practical and beautiful, helping you remember how to make the perfect cup of joe. The lighted shelf on the bottom is also a nice touch. Here, they’re displaying plants and bottles of coffee beans, but it might also be a good spot for extra cups or something more meaningful for your family. Note that the table isn’t very wide, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your room. That’s great news for someone who likes the idea of a coffee station but doesn’t think there’s room in the kitchen.
Timeless Elegance Meets Morning Brew
Small shelves keep a tiny space organized and looking great. With smaller shelves, you have all the room you need to store your belongings without any wasted space. The gray color looks sharp, and there’s a consistent silver and glass theme throughout this coffee station idea. Note that the set of cups on the right is smaller than the set of cups on the left. This allows you to decide just how much coffee you feel like drinking. Steal the idea of framed photos on the side wall. Whether you have black and white photos of the kids or your pets, it’s a great way to add a sweet reminder of what’s most important to you.
So You’ll Always Have Options
Apartment dwellers will love this idea because it will helps keep a lot of the clutter off of the counters and you just need a bit of wall space to implement the idea. The small jars look great while holding the ingredients you might need for your coffee or tea. Colorful coasters are an extra nice touch. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly handy, this shelf could be an easy DIY project, with all of the materials readily available at most home improvement stores. Change up the look by painting the shelf different colors or adding names to each of the hooks so that family member has a special place to hang their cup.
Cock-a-Doodle-Do (With Extra Doodle)
A large buffet is a practical solution for those who want more storage in the kitchen, especially if the design of the kitchen includes a wide wall space. This coffee station idea has ample space to store mugs, plates, cookbooks, and more. Easily accessible from the top, you’ll find everything you need to make a great cup of coffee. Here, a large chalkboard hung on the wall serves as a convenient place to write out the family’s schedule or keep track of the things you need at the grocery store. Finally, if you have the space, it’s always nice to have a touch of green. Just remember that you need to choose a plant based on the amount of sunlight the area gets.
Rustic Charm for Your Morning Delight
The clock in this coffee station idea is ready to let you know that it’s always time for a cup of coffee. There’s a chalkboard in the background, but if you want the look without the smudges, you’ll want to do the words and designs in paint instead. The fun coffee mugs really make you feel homey, and the plants add some fresh life to the space. At first glance placing the “&” on the table seems like an odd choice, but when you keep looking, you’ll see that it’s also next to a big cookie jar. Who doesn’t think coffee & cookies go great together?