Most coffee lovers agree that their favorite brew deserves its own space in the kitchen. A dedicated cabinet provides the perfect opportunity to display your coffee collection while keeping all the supplies organized and within reach. Sure, you could spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive coffee station, but why not create one? When you do, you can make any design you want.
Thrift shops, antique stores, and online cabinetmakers provide an excellent starting point for finding the foundational pieces you need. There's also no reason your coffee station needs to be 100% DIY. Rely on professionals for the tasks you don't feel comfortable attempting so you can focus on the creative aspect. Things like plumbing and electrical work may seem like no problem, but a lot can go wrong very quickly when you don’t know what you are doing.
Here are 25 ideas to get you started on your new coffee station!
1. Choose an Ideal Location
The coffee station should be in a convenient area that doesn't disrupt the flow of your room. It should also be close to outlets to plug in your coffee appliances easily. Some people keep the coffee station in the kitchen, but others opt for having it in the lounge, living room, breakfast nook, or office. When choosing a location, be sure to factor in the decor of that spot.
2. Add Wheels
Are you not 100% sure where an ideal location would be in your home? Maybe you have several ideal places in mind but would prefer not to build out multiple coffee stations. In that case, consider putting your coffee station cabinet on wheels to move it from one spot to the next. For example, you can keep it in the office during the week and move it to the lounge area on the weekend. However, if you do this, avoid hanging glasses, as they could break from rattling against each other or falling.
3. Use Storage Cabinets
One way to create a coffee station is to repurpose an existing storage cabinet. You can use a hutch, buffet, sideboard or even a dresser. If the piece you choose is tall enough, you can add a shelf on top for additional storage. Some people remove the glass for easy access and even add a leaf tray for prep space. You could mount a small wall cabinet over an existing countertop or use a rolling cart to achieve this coffee station.
4. Repurpose a Door
Some coffee lovers have successfully reused modern or rustic doors to create an exciting backdrop against a wall. This is especially helpful if you only have a small table or dresser because you can "build" upward by adding shelves. Consider whether you want the door and the rest of the coffee station to blend in or become the centerpiece of the space.
5. Paint Your Coffee Station Cabinet
To give your coffee station its own identity, paint the cabinet in a color that complements your kitchen. For example, if your kitchen has a lot of white or neutral colors, you could paint the coffee station cabinet black or a dark espresso. Some people choose much bolder colors, such as red or turquoise. Keep in mind that paint colors differ slightly after drying.
6. Add a Mural or Wall Decal
You could do a coffee-themed design or something more general, like a cityscape. If you're not confident in your painting skills, plenty of companies offer custom murals and decals. You can purchase pre-existing designs that stick to walls or furniture. If you feel certain that a particular decal is one you want to keep, a clear coat of paint can improve its longevity.
7. Set the Ambience With Lighting
Lighting can set the tone for your coffee station cabinet. Use softer, warmer lighting for a relaxed vibe, such as lamps or string lights. If you want the coffee station to feel more like a cafe, go for brighter overhead lighting. Lights with white or blue undertones can work if the other colors are right. Consider the existing lighting in the room as well. The last thing you want is for the two to clash.
8. Add a Chalkboard or Whiteboard
This is a great way to display the coffee menu or post specials. If you have kids, they can use it as a place to doodle. Even if you don't have kids, a board is a great space for creativity and writing down daily affirmations. You could also use it for grocery lists or reminders. Chalkboards and whiteboards are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Sometimes you can simply lay down chalkboard or whiteboard paint.
9. Include Plants
Not only do they add a pop of color, but plants also help purify the air. If you don't have much of a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance options, such as succulents. You could also go for fake plants or flowers. Either way, greenery is a great way to add life and texture to the coffee station cabinet. Be sure to consider placement so that the steam from coffee appliances does not ruin your plants.
Adding more living or natural elements is often referred to as biophilic design. According to the NRDC, there are many physical and mental benefits when you include biophilic elements. Before you buy all the plants you can find, be sure to do your research on each one. That way, you will have a good understanding of how to care for the plant, and you will also know which ones to avoid if you have indoor animals.
10. Get Creative With the Details
There are endless ways to personalize your coffee station. The little things matter most, such as the coffee mugs, teaspoon holders, sugar bowls and cream pitchers. You can also add a few special touches, such as a vintage tray or coffee sign. Find these at thrift stores, antique shops or online retailers. You could also start with the details and build the coffee station cabinet around that.
11. Go Ombre
One popular trend is to paint coffee stations in an ombre design. You can do this with any color, but it's especially stunning with shades of blue or green. To achieve this look, you'll need several cans of paint in two colors and various shades. Skilled painters can use white or blank paint to change the hue. You can add a few ombre accessories once you've painted the coffee station, such as coffee mugs or small towels.
12. Use Wallpaper
Wallpaper is another great way to add color and pattern to your coffee station. There are many options to choose from, including temporary wallpaper that you can remove easily. This is an excellent option if you're not ready to commit to a permanent design. Some beautiful coffee stations have subway tiles or concrete backdrops that are actually just wallpaper or contact paper.
13. Add a Mirror
Mirrors make the coffee station feel larger and also help reflect light. This effect is especially beneficial with small kitchens or coffee stations that don't have a lot of natural light. You can find mirrors at any home goods store or you could even repurpose an old frame. Consider the mirror's design and how it complements the decor of your coffee station cabinet before choosing one.
Custom mirrors are also available from glass shops, and there are even online options that ship right to your door! If you are looking to make a statement with your coffee station, a custom mirror or decorative glass piece could be a great choice.
14. Create a Focal Point
Your coffee station should have a focal point, such as a piece of art or a unique coffee maker. This is the first thing people will see when they enter the room, so make it something you're proud of. If you don't have anything in mind, you can always browse online retailers or thrift stores for ideas. Be sure to account for whether steam and heat could negatively impact it.
15. Try Alternative Stacking
If you want to use a corner wall creatively, stack cabinet boxes on opposing walls. This creates a step-like look. Many people do this for organizing records or books, but it's an exciting way to organize your coffee station cabinet, especially if you don't have a lot of floor space. You can also use this style to provide upper cabinetry for a corner-table-styled coffee station.
16. Use Barn Doors
Some people like to display their impressive coffee collection, but others prefer to keep the clutter to a minimum by hiding it away. Using barn doors to open up or close off the space allows you to get the best of both worlds. Be sure to choose doors that complement the decor in your home, so everything blends well.
17. Add a Sink
Depending on where your coffee station is, it might not be convenient to move everything back to the kitchen for washing. Adding a small sink can resolve this issue. Some homeowners find it simpler to use foot pumps and water jugs in situations where adding plumbing could become a hassle. Plumbing alternatives are also excellent additions if you plan to make your coffee station mobile.
18. Put the Coffee Station Cabinet Outside
Do you enjoy your morning coffee outside? Why not move the entire cabinet to the great outdoors? With correct placement, angling and weatherproofing, you can create the ultimate outdoor coffee experience. Be sure to consider the climate in your area and plan accordingly. You may also want to make arrangements to move things inside or lock the cabinets up if your area experiences unfavorable weather, such as hurricanes or sandstorms.
19. Add Seating
If you have the space, consider adding a small table and chairs. This is a great way to create a coffee station that doubles as a work or study area. You can also use it as a place to entertain guests. If you don't have the space for a full table and chairs, use stools or ottomans. These can be stored under the coffee station when not in use. Whatever seating you choose, make sure it's comfortable. You want your coffee station cabinet to be somewhere you enjoy spending time.
20. Expand the Offerings
Chances are that coffee isn't the only beverage you enjoy. Maybe you also love iced lattes or tea. If you like beer or wine, you could expand what your coffee station offers even more. A mini-fridge and a rack for your bottles are likely all you need. Adding these can also ensure you get even more use out of your station.
21. Choose Your Appliances Carefully
When planning your coffee station, it's important to choose appliances that fit your needs. A Keurig might be all you need if you don't drink coffee often. On the other hand, if you're a coffee connoisseur, you may want to invest in a more expensive machine. You should also consider the size of your coffee station. If you have a small space, choose compact appliances.
22. Get Creative With Storage
There are many different ways to store coffee supplies. You can use mugs as decoration and storage for coffee grounds or tea bags. You could also try using baskets or bins to organize everything. Be sure to choose storage for your coffee station cabinet that is both functional and stylish. Mason jars are a favorite for displaying coffee beans, sugar, creamer and other items. Just be sure to label them to avoid confusion and unfortunate accidents.
23. Mix Materials
Do you have a love for pine wood and copper fixtures? Why not combine them? Mixing and matching different materials can add interest to your coffee station. Just don't go overboard. Too many different materials can make the space look cluttered and busy.
24. Include Humor
Your coffee station cabinet doesn't have to be serious. You can add a bit of humor to the space with coffee-themed artwork or mugs. This is a great way to show your personality and make your coffee station unique. Some people use chalkboard backsplashes, while others go for coffee mugs with hilarious decals. Remember to check what's on the cup before drinking from it during your next Zoom meeting!
25. Combine a Hobby
What do you love almost as much as your coffee? There probably aren't too many things on your list, but you may combine your coffee drinking with a particular hobby. Do you watch a movie, do yoga, read a magazine, or work on your novel while you get your daily caffeine dose? Consider incorporating these hobbies into your coffee station.
Whether you want a dedicated coffee corner or just a tiny nook, these DIY coffee station ideas will help you create the perfect spot to enjoy your morning brew. Get inspired and start building today.
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