Updated on 02/05/24
If you're looking for coffee bar ideas to add functionality to your kitchen, there are numerous ways to create a dedicated space to store your coffee maker or espresso machine, beans and add-ins, and mugs and accessories. Depending on your kitchen layout, you may want to set up a coffee bar behind existing cabinetry; fill a blank wall with a console table and open shelving; or create a DIY coffee station on a bar cart in a smaller space.
Your kitchen coffee bar can be fancy or budget-friendly, and should be tailored to your lifestyle and decor style. If you want to go all out, install a built-in coffee machine in your kitchen or a spacious walk-in pantry. If your household includes both tea and coffee drinkers, include room for an electric kettle and a stash of tea. Or turn your coffee bar into a morning hub by making it a one-stop breakfast pantry with a toaster and a shelf for bread, bagels, and jam.
These coffee bar ideas in a range of styles will inspire you to bring café energy to your home kitchen with a one-spot caffeine station of your own.
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Maximize Vertical Space
This nook is proof that even the smallest of console tables can function as a coffee bar. All you need are some hanging shelves to stash essentials like mugs and coffee beans. Maximizing vertical space is key in the kitchen, and this setup certainly masters the technique.
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Use Glass Storage Jars
Clear canisters make it easy to determine when you're running low on coffee-making essentials and also ensures that guests will be able to easily navigate their way around the kitchen. We love the idea of stashing a sweet treat like biscotti next to the coffee supplies for a cafe-like feel.
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If you'd rather not look at all of your coffee-making supplies all day long, opt for a console table with cabinets and incorporate lidded storage onto open shelves, like the glass jars with modern bamboo lids in this modern neutral coffee bar.
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Hang a Mug Rack
Make your best coffee mugs part of your decor by opting for a display rack that's both functional and eye-catching. This home coffee bar is decorated in black, white, and natural tones, but adding colorful mugs is an easy way to change it up.
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Add a Tile Backsplash
Marie Flanigan Interiors turned some of the cabinetry in this spacious kitchen into a coffee and breakfast bar station. A gleaming zellige tile backsplash protects the cabinet from spills while adding a decorative element that is pleasing to look at when the cabinet is left open.
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Repurpose an End Table
Even a small end table can hold not one, but two, coffee machines, as we see in the space above. Once again, vertical space comes in handy as a means to hold canisters, mugs, and even a plant.
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Utilize a Small Stand
Think carefully about storage systems that do the most work in your small space. Here, a miniature stand holds flavored syrups and coffee filters without leaving much of a footprint.
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Transform a Built-In Bar
Turn a built-in home bar into a coffee station that you'll be excited to use every day, like this shabby chic coffee bar decorated with Mason jars and vintage accents.
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Deck Out the Dining Room
Those who love their after-dinner coffee may wish to set up their brewing station in the dining room. Be sure to integrate the style of your coffee station with your existing decor, like the vintage cabinet and open shelving in this traditional style home.
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Fill a Blank Wall
This coffee station from Most Lovely Things is located on a blank wall between the open-plan kitchen and dining room. A simple wood console and wall-mounted open shelves keep everything you need for a cup of coffee or tea at the ready. Touches like a simple curtain to hide storage and small table lamps for ambiance make the functional space feel homey and warm.
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Show Off a Collection
This coffee bar nook is decorated with a collection of blue and white china and silver that gives it a homey and traditional look.
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Focus on Details
It's all in the details. A sweet framed print and artful kitchen accessories and loads of charm to this coffee station.
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Add Tiered Shelving
Tiered shelving will ensure that you're able to maximize precious countertop space and stay organized. This marble solution holds all of one's daily must-haves while blending in with the rest of the kitchen.
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Use Trays for Storage
Small trays and trivets can also help you corral all of your barista essentials while adding decorative flair to the countertop. Candy jars and favorite pieces of glassware can also be used to house everything from straws to sugar cubes.
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Add Pocket Doors
This coffee station cabinet from Emily Henderson Design has a simple coffee maker on the counter, and stacks of mugs, cups, teapots, and accessories all in the same black, white and wood tones as the rest of the kitchen for a streamlined look.
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Keep It Neutral
This coffee bar is actually part of a master bedroom—breakfast in bed just got way easier. The black-and-white color scheme makes it appear ultra sleek and tidy, which is vital in a sleep space.
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Give a Bar Cart New Life
Take a regular bar cart and turn it into a coffee cart. As a bonus, this station is mobile and easy to move from room to room, making it an excellent setup for those who like to entertain.
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Go Wild With Color
Maximalists, don't feel like you need to be shy when it comes to decking out your coffee station. Grab those colorful mugs from behind your cabinet doors and let them make a vibrant statement.
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Revamp a Built-In
This DIY coffee bar was actually set up inside a former built-in entertainment unit. Once the doors were removed and the wood was painted, the piece was able to function in a whole new way.
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Create a Pull-Out Station
This sleek espresso bar from Cathie Hong Interiors makes use of a deep built-in kitchen cabinet with a sliding tray to hold the espresso machine and electric kettle. The coffee bar can be pulled out when needed, and easily tucked away when not in use.
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Work Those DIY Skills
This clever IKEA hack coffee bar was made from a Kallax unit with legs added so that it fits in the corner of the kitchen.
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Use a Console Table
If your kitchen is short on counter space but has an open wall or two, use a slim console table as the base for a java station. Ceramic canisters and a retro-inspired coffee machine makes this one look sleek, while under-table storage baskets hide clutter.
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Tuck Everything Away
If you like to keep your kitchen as sparse as possible, set up a coffee station in an unused cabinet. You'll just want to ensure that your coffee maker can be plugged in easily, which may involve drilling a hole in the back of the cabinet or planning to add an electrical outlet during a renovation. Include a pot filler like the one above for an extra dose of luxury.
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Repurpose a Hutch
Give a vintage hutch new life by painting it in a color you love and filling it with all of your coffee and teatime essentials. Don't forget to add some hooks for mugs.
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Add Farmhouse Style
Decorate your coffee bar so that it fits in with your home's aesthetic, like this modern farmhouse coffee station decorated with weathered wood, vintage-inspired accessories, and baskets that can be pulled off the shelves and filled with baked goods when hosting friends for a cup of joe.
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Include Seasonal Touches
Have fun styling your coffee bar with seasonal decor. Whether you choose to go all in or opt for more subtle accents is up to you. Here, dried flowers and autumnal signage help pay a nod to fall.
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Mix White and Wood Tones
If you're displaying your coffee maker on the main kitchen counter, think about the surrounding color scheme when selecting an appliance. Here, a white coffee machine blends in with the cabinets and backsplash and wood accents.
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Set Up In the Living Room
This living room coffee bar is set up on a small rolling island that helps make serving after-dinner espressos a breeze.
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Fill An Entire Wall
If you have room to devote an entire wall to your coffee supplies, then go for it. No accessory is left behind in this maximalist coffee bar wall decorated with nostalgic accents.
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Play With Chalkboard Paint
Take a cue from your favorite coffee house and create a decorative drink menu display menu above your home coffee bar with the help of some chalkboard paint.
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Repurpose a Cake Stand
Cake stands don't belong hidden deep in the back of your cabinet, especially when they're this pretty. Use them to house coffee bar essentials and make every day feel a little more elegant.
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Hit the Hardware Store
If you can't find a coffee bar that appeals to you, you can always build your own. This one has an industrial twist thanks to the piping details.
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Mix Modern and Traditional
This home coffee bar mixes traditional details with modern metallic silver wallpaper and wood tones to create an inviting feel.
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There's no reason special coffee or teacups have to be hidden away for fancy events when they can be enjoyed every day. This antique glass-front china cabinet is filled with a jumble of old-fashioned china that is both decorative and functional, while the countertop below holds supplies.
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Include a Breakfast Pantry
A coffee bar and breakfast bar can streamline your morning routine by keeping everything you need to start your day in one place. This simple breakfast pantry cabinet from Emily Henderson Design is equipped with a coffee maker, toaster, mugs, cereal, bread and bagels, with door-mounted shelving to provide extra storage for tea, jams, and sundries.
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Hang Some Art
Hang open shelves above a coffee bar niche in your kitchen to store mugs, then hang a small painting on the wall and fill a bowl with seasonal fruit to create a pleasing vignette to gaze at while you wait for your coffee.
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Carve Out Countertop Space
If your morning coffee routine consists of popping a capsule into your electric espresso maker and downing it black, set up a minimalist coffee station in a corner of your kitchen countertop.
This London kitchen from Studio Peake has a space-saving espresso machine that shares space with other kitchen items that's ready when you need it. Keep capsules in the drawer below, and mugs on open shelving above.
What items should be on a coffee bar?
A coffee bar should have a coffee maker of your choice, storage for coffee beans or capsules, and a coffee grinder if you use one. Include storage for mugs or coffee cups so they are at the ready, as well as sugar or sweetener if you use it.And if you have room, include a toaster, a butter dish, and a selection of your favorite jams, or a cake stand with a glass cloche to store muffins or other baked goods.
How can you make a coffee bar on a budget?
A coffee bar can be as simple as a coffee machine in a designated spot on a kitchen counter or a bar cart. Use a decorative tray to corral mugs, spoons, a bowl for sugar or sweetener, and a small pitcher for milk or cream. Source thrift stores for inexpensive items that will look collected over time.
How do you decorate a coffee bar?
You can decorate a coffee bar with string lights, a garland of dried orange slices, or a letterboard sign with your favorite caffeine-related slogan. Choose decorative mugs, coffee cups, spoons, and canisters for beans and sugar.
Decorate with a scented candle, a plant, or a vase of flowers, and change it up seasonally and for holidays and family milestones like birthdays.
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A coffee bar is a dedicated space in the kitchen where you can store your coffee maker or espresso machine, coffee beans or capsules, mugs or coffee cups, and other accessories. It can be a functional and stylish addition to your kitchen, tailored to your lifestyle and decor style. Whether you have a large kitchen or a small space, there are various ways to create a coffee bar that suits your needs and budget.
Coffee Bar Essentials:
- Coffee Maker: A coffee bar should have a coffee maker of your choice, whether it's a traditional coffee machine, an espresso machine, or a single-serve coffee maker [].
- Coffee Storage: Include storage for coffee beans or capsules, depending on your preference. Clear canisters or glass jars can make it easy to determine when you're running low on coffee-making essentials [].
- Coffee Grinder: If you prefer freshly ground coffee, consider adding a coffee grinder to your coffee bar [].
- Mugs or Coffee Cups: Have storage for mugs or coffee cups so they are easily accessible. You can display your favorite mugs on a mug rack or hooks [].
- Sugar or Sweetener: If you use sugar or sweetener in your coffee, include a bowl or container for easy access [].
- Milk or Cream: If you like to add milk or cream to your coffee, consider having a small pitcher or container for easy pouring [].
- Toaster and Butter Dish: If you have room, you can include a toaster and a butter dish on your coffee bar. This can turn your coffee bar into a one-stop breakfast pantry [].
- Jams or Baked Goods: Another option is to have a selection of your favorite jams or a cake stand with a glass cloche to store muffins or other baked goods [].
Creating a Coffee Bar on a Budget:
- A coffee bar can be as simple as having a designated spot on your kitchen counter for your coffee machine [].
- Use a decorative tray to corral mugs, spoons, sugar or sweetener, and a small pitcher for milk or cream [].
- Source thrift stores for inexpensive items that will give your coffee bar a collected-over-time look [].
Decorating a Coffee Bar:
- You can decorate your coffee bar to reflect your personal style and add a touch of charm to your kitchen.
- Consider adding string lights, a garland of dried orange slices, or a letterboard sign with your favorite caffeine-related slogan for a whimsical touch [].
- Choose decorative mugs, coffee cups, spoons, and canisters for beans and sugar that match your kitchen decor [].
- Add a scented candle, a plant, or a vase of flowers to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere [].
- Change up the decor seasonally and for holidays and special occasions like birthdays [].
I hope these ideas inspire you to create a coffee bar that suits your style and budget! Let me know if there's anything else I can help with.