If you and your whole family enjoys a daily coffee, you’ll love a way to make that daily cup even cozier, more inviting, and convenient. What I mean is that you might want to consider creating a home coffee bar. Not only is this a practical and convenient addition to any home, but it can serve as a stylish and inviting focal point for your living space. Not to mention, it will give you a better way to keep all of your coffee making tools and accessories organized!
Ready to learn more about how to do it? In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the very best home coffee bar ideas. Let’s get started!
Why Set Up a Home Coffee Bar?
Before we get started with the nitty gritty details, let’s address the elephant in the room – why would you want a coffee bar in the first place?
Easy coffee access for guests and family
First and foremost, a home coffee bar makes it easy to access coffee when you are hosting guests. This means they’ll be able to help themselves to coffee in the morning, whether you’re up or not. With a designated coffee station, everything is organized and easily accessible.
Keep coffee clutter organized
Plus, a home coffee bar helps you to keep all your kitchen clutter to a minimum with all your coffee supplies in a designated area. This includes your coffee beans, filters, creamer, sugar, and any other accessories you need to create the perfect cup of joe. You can even use shelves, baskets, or a coffee bar cabinet (also known as a coffee station cabinet) to store your supplies and create a visually appealing display. Or you can invest in a special coffee station organizer!
A designated area for coffee means less kitchen traffic
Perhaps the biggest advantage of a home coffee bar is that it provides a separate area for coffee making, which keeps your kitchen space clear for cooking. This is especially important if you have a small kitchen, as your space can quickly get crowded by others making coffee.
How to Set Up a Home Coffee Bar
Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or just enjoy a simple cup of joe, a personalized coffee bar can add a cozy touch to any living space. Here’s a quick guide on how to get started with our coffee bar ideas for small spaces.
Where to Put Your Home Coffee Bar
First, choose the location of your coffee bar. A popular option is in the kitchen, where it can be easily accessed during breakfast time or while meal prep is in progress. If you have a bar area in your home, this can also make an ideal spot for your coffee bar.
If that doesn’t work, you could also use a small kitchen nook. This can be transformed into a cozy and intimate space perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee in a flash!
Gather Any Supplies You May Need
Once you’ve chosen the ideal spot for your home coffee bar, the next step is to gather your supplies.
First on your list? A coffee maker (or perhaps even two, depending on how much – and what type – of coffee your family is into). You may want to spring for a drip coffee maker or consider investing in an espresso machine for even fancier beverages.
Here are some of our favorite options.
- Nespresso VertuoPlus (great for espresso and coffee alike)
- Keurig K-mini (a good compact option for those with limited space)
- Keurig K-Duo Single Serve
- Ninja DualBrew Pro
Some other options of items to include on your list of coffee bar equipment would be:
- A bar sink (this will require some installation and is, of course, optional, but can be super handy!)
- A mini fridge to store your milk and creamer
- Other coffee bar accessories like your kettle, coffee grinder, milk frother, and kitchen scale
- Coffee cups, mugs, glasses, and spoons
- Flavor syrups and toppings (like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa – these are all great additions for homemade lattes!)
- A coffee bar sign to elevate the space and make it truly your own
Set Up and Organize Your Coffee Bar
Once you have everything you need and a space cleared out, it’s time to set up and organize your DIY coffee bar. Give everything its own designated spot to keep it clean and uncluttered, and consider adding shelves or storage areas. Personalize your coffee station with a bit of decor to make it suite your home’s style.
Some home coffee bar ideas to get you inspired
Ready to get started? Here are some coffee station ideas to get you inspired. There’s something here for every style and size of home.
Dedicated coffee cabinet
By Banner Day interiors, this beautiful arched cabinet creates the perfect space to tuck coffee supplies away while keeping everything accessible and visible.
Easy DIY coffee station
I love this idea by @forthehome on instagram because it would be SO easy to DIY in any home. All you need is an old accent table and some curtain rods and hooks.
Multipurpose bar space
If you have some free space to use and want a multipurpose prep space, I highly recommend a combination coffee and wine bar. Having a sink makes clean-up easy, and a beer and wine fridge is the perfect place to keep coffee creamer and milk. This is a great example by “The Handmade Home.”
DIY coffee bar cart
Want a quick solution? Simply use a bar cart! This example was an easy DIY by “Hey Wanderer“, but there are lots of great options available to purchase online on Wayfair and Amazon. These are a great option if you want something to arrive ready to set up with all of your coffee supplies.
Here are some options available for purchases if ordering online is a bit more your speed than a woodworking project…
Create a coffee nook
If you have an unused coat closet, small pantry, or alcove, transform it into a coffee bar! It’s so satisfying to see a space go from underutilized to beautiful and practical like this coffee bar by Design Works Studio.
Repurpose an old dresser
Here’s another great DIY idea- repurpose an old dresser! Tasha from Kaleidoscope Living painted hers a beautiful blue to match her space and the result is gorgeous. To get the same look, be sure to check out our tutorial on how to paint cabinets.
Coffee Bar Decor Ideas
If you’d like, you can display your syrups and toppings alongside your decor – this makes for a functional space that also showcases everything your home coffee bar has to offer. It’s one of our favorite coffee bar decor ideas!
Another cute idea is to collect some antique or just interesting coffee making tools. Sometimes simply displaying practical items in a creative matter is decorative enough to act as the finishing touch.
Enjoy your new coffee bar!
It’s as simple as that! With these home coffee station ideas, you’re on your way to creating a personalized coffee bar in your home that you (and your guests) will absolutely love. Happy brewing!
If you liked this post, you’ll love checking out our ideas on how to organize your kitchen and how to declutter in general. We’ve got more kitchen ideas, too! Like one day kitchen remodel ideas, how to cover up an old backsplash, and green kitchen inspiration if you’re looking to switch up your design.