If you’re anything like me, you absolutely must start the day with coffee. Before I can walk the dog, check my emails, or do anything productive, I need to have a cup of coffee in hand. Two creams and one sugar, please.
Because of this essential morning ritual, one of the best home decor decisions I ever made was to create a coffee bar in my kitchen. This caffeine-fueling station is home to a coffee pot, espresso machine, and mug rack, as well as other essentials like coffee, filters, sugar, and so on. It’s a one-stop-shop for any and all things java.
Ready to try the trend for yourself? Follow these steps to build the perfect coffee station to streamline your morning routine.
1. Choose the Perfect Spot
The first step in designing your coffee station is to find space for it, and not just any spare corner will do. It’s important to pick a spot that has adequate room for all your essentials—otherwise, you’re just asking for a broken mug—and it’s also helpful to choose a location with easy access to the sink and trash can so you can quickly fill up the water tank and throw away used filters without carrying them across the room. Naturally, you’ll also want an electrical outlet nearby to plug in your appliance.
Popular locations for coffee stations include a corner of the kitchen counter, a freestanding cart, or a stylish sideboard placed against an empty wall. If possible, you’ll also want to choose an area with empty wall space above it, as this will be helpful for storage and decorating.
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2. Place Your Coffee Pot and Other Must-Have Appliances
Because your coffee maker is the main attraction in this special corner of the kitchen, it should be one of the first things you place on your new coffee station. When situating your coffee pot, make sure there’s adequate clearance to access all of its features.
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Depending on how you like to make your coffee and the other beverages you drink, you may want to incorporate other appliances into your coffee station, as well. An espresso machine is a good option for those who like lattes and cappuccinos, and of course, you’re also going to need a milk frother to go with it. Those who prefer freshly-ground beans may also want a coffee grinder, and if you’re known to reach for a cup of Earl Gray after dinner, you should definitely incorporate a tea maker or electric kettle, too.
Fellow Stagg EKG Eelectric Kettle, $149.95-$169.95 at Williams Sonoma
Perfect for pour-over or tea.
When you’re arranging your appliances, don’t be afraid to get creative. Try placing them on an oversized decorative tray or propping them up on an elevated serving surface. Just make sure it’s sturdy.
3. Display Your Mugs and Supplies
Once you have the key pieces of your coffee station laid out, it’s time to add supporting items. In particular, many people choose to store mugs on their coffee bar, as this saves you from making an extra trip to the cupboard every time you want a cup of joe.
There are several options for storing your mugs. If your coffee station is situated on a sidebar or under a cabinet, you can simply tuck the cups into a drawer or cupboard. However, many coffee mugs are decor pieces in their own right and deserve to be displayed. In this case, you might prefer a mug rack—there are freestanding models, as well as wall-mounted units to choose from. We particularly like mug racks with shelves, as they let you hang favorite cups on the hooks and arrange other items up top.
Floating Wall Shelf with Hooks, $22.99 on Amazon
Get extra storage space with this shelf.
Next is the matter of storing your precious coffee beans. If you use a Keurig, there are many styles of K-cup holders available, including drawers, spinning towers, and baskets. For those who go the drip coffee route, the Coffee Gator is one of the most popular coffee bean storage containers out there, as its airtight seal keeps contents fresh for longer. If you want a more stylish jar, just be sure it has a sufficient seal.
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As for other supplies—such as sugar bowls, bottles of flavoring, coffee stirrers, and so on—you can arrange them on shelves above your coffee station, make them accessible via lazy Susan, or set them apart on a stylish tray.
4. Finish Off with Fun Decorations
The finishing touch on any coffee station is a few decorative accents. Personally, I have a plant displayed in a cute coffee mug, or you could get a simple coffee sign (or a sassy one). Many people also like to use a chalkboard to create their very own menu! Really, the sky’s the limit when it comes to decorating your coffee station.
Garden Tile Mugs, $14 each at Anthropolgie
Don't forget pretty mugs you'll be happy to see.
Once everything is all set up, you’ll have a coffee station that completes your kitchen, and you’ll soon realize what a game-changer it is to keep everything you need to make the perfect cup of coffee in one spot.
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