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
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.
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:
Add a mug rack
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
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.
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
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:
Step 4 – Decorate
This is the part where you can really get creative! Choose your favourite café style artwork and ornate coasters to decorate your station.
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: