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How to create the ultimate at-home coffee station

Find out how to build a coffee station to enjoy the cafe experience in your own home

At home coffee station

If you’re a caffeine junkie, there’s nothing better than a trip to your favourite local coffee shop. Nothing beats cosying up in a comfortable chair and taking first sip of your favourite blend – but what if we told you that you can recreate this experience without having to leave the comfort of your own home?


If you’re a Pinterest addict like we are here at YourHomeStyle, you might have noticed that home coffee stations are sweeping the nation. Building your own barista stand is easier than you think, and means you can get your hands on your dream cup of coffee – whether its a simple americano or the trendiest dalgona.

Here’s how to build one at home.

Step 1 – Build

Create the cabinet

DIY coffee station
Image by Love Create Celebrate via Pinterest

If you already have a free, uncluttered section of worktop in a convenient space, this is the perfect place to start building. You’ll want to make sure that the area above your worktop is not cupboarded, and the units below are empty.

If you don’t have a free area of worktop that can be utilised, look into purchasing a small freestanding cabinet (Ikea sell versions that range from £45 – £110) or create your own by fixing one crate on top of the other with screws, and adding a sheet of plywood to act as a worktop.

Install shelving

Coffee station shelving
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Every barista needs to have quick access to their coffee beans and flavoured syrups, so open shelving is the way to go. Install the desired amount of shelves – we recommend 2 or 3 like these from Amazon – at a height that allows you to easily reach whatever’s on them.

See our quick and easy tutorials on shelving here:

• How to install a floating shelf
• How to fit wall shelves

Add a mug rack

Coffee station mug rack
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No coffee station would be complete without an integrated mug rack – like this one  – and the good news is that they are so easy to install.

Either repurpose an old coat rack by fixing it under your lowest floating shelf, or create your own by screwing hooks into a sturdy wooden batten and affixing to the wall.

Step 2 – Organise your storage

Coffee station organised drawers
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To prevent your coffee station from becoming just another cluttered cupboard, you’ll need to install handy storage solutions on both the worktop and inside the unit.

For storing syrups, we recommend using traditional wine racks, or, for a cost-effective alternative, fix one thick length of wood on top of another that’s double its width with a strong adhesive.

Coffee syrups
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A lazy Susan also works really well to store barista style syrups or bags of ground coffee in a cupboard –turn it to get easy access to what you need, rather than reaching over things.

Top tip: for extra mug storage, install an expandable wardrobe rail inside your cupboard or crate and attach hooks so you can hang your mugs up, instead of stacking them in piles.

Step 3 – Add equipment

Coffee machines
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The equipment you choose for your coffee station will largely depend on how you like your coffee, but we love the look of timeless, retro style appliances.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Swan Retro Pump Espresso and Coffee Machine, £89

Cream swan retro coffee machine
Retro Pump Espresso and Coffee Machine

Smeg Pastel Blue Milk Frother, £150

Milk frother
Smeg pastel blue milk frother

Whittard Wilfa Coffee Brewer, £155

Whittard Wilfa Coffee Brewer
Whittard Wilfa Coffee Brewer

Step 4 – Decorate

Coffee station decor
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This is the part where you can really get creative! Choose your favourite café style artwork and ornate coasters to decorate your station.

Why not fill glass jars with your favourite coffee toppings and accompaniments? Italian coffee biscuits and marshmallows look amazing in large glass jars, whilst cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar work well when displayed in small decorative canisters with a teaspoon.
Starbucks coffee sprinkles, cinnamon and nutmeg
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Step 5 – Stock

Now, all that’s left to do is to stock your station with your favourite coffee, syrups, sweeteners and biscuits. Here are a few essentials to get you started:

Grind Whole Bean Coffee (1kg Bag), from £27.73

Grind coffee
Grind house blend coffee

Sweetbird Caramel Sugar Free Syrup (1 Litre), £7.80

Sweetbird caramel syrup
Sweetbird sugar free caramel syrup

Lotus Biscoff Original Caramelised Single Biscuits (Pack of 300), £10.99

Lotus Biscoff Original Caramelised Biscuits
Lotus Biscoff Original Caramelised Biscuits