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 have been 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 it's a simple americano or the trendiest dalgona, in a cosy, café-like environment!
Read on to see how you can build the ultimate at-home coffee station. We break down the steps to creating your own coffee bar, as well as sharing some of our favourite coffee station ideas. And if you're wondering how to make good coffee at home, check out our buyer's guide to the best coffee machines on the market right now.
How to make an at-home coffee station
Step 1 – 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 your coffee bar. You’ll want to make sure that the area above your worktop is not cupboarded, and the units below are empty.
If, like many of us, 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.
If you are working with a small space, you could also try using a kitchen trolley - this can then double up as a coffee and tea trolley when you have guests! This wooden and metal kitchen trolley from Maison du Monde ticks all the right boxes.
Step 2- Install shelving
Every barista needs to have quick access to their coffee beans and flavoured syrups, so open shelving is the way to go with an at home coffee station. You can also use these shelves to add mugs and to jazz up your coffee station with decorative items such as art prints or potted plants.
Install the desired amount of shelves at a height that allows you to easily reach whatever’s on them. Sturdy, wooden shelves are a good bet, or go for metallic floating shelves for a more modern and seamless look.
If you live in a rented property and can't drill into the wall, then try a free-standing shelving unit like this metal shelf unit from La Redoute. You could also use a small wooden crate (without slats - wine crates work well) stood on its side on top of your coffee bar cabinet to create another level of surfacing.
See our quick and easy tutorials on shelving here:
Step 3 - Add a mug rack
No coffee station is complete without an integrated mug rack and the good news is that they are so easy to install. This zig zag design mug rack from Amazon is sturdy and simple to put up. Or, repurpose an old coat rack by fixing it under your lowest floating shelf. You could also create your own mug rack by screwing hooks into a sturdy wooden batten and affixing it to the wall.
Mug trees are a good alternative for your coffee station if you aren't able to drill into the walls. We like this wooden and marble mug tree from Anthropologie, but there's a wide range of choices online.
Step 4 – 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. Drawer dividers, as shown above, will help to keep things organised and make grabbing ingredients and tools quick and easy.
For storing coffee syrup bottles, we recommend using wine racks. This wooden, wall-affixed bottle rack from Graham & Green would look fab, or, for something a bit more colourful, this geometric wine rack from Fy! is super cute.
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.
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 5 – Add equipment
The equipment you choose for your coffee station will largely depend on how you like your coffee - cafetiere, aeropress, French press, espresso machine... the choices are endless! It's also worth thinking about the surface your equipment will be on. If you're working with a cabinet, you can safely add a large, barista-style coffee machine. If you're working with a trolley or shelving unit, however, picking a lighter machine such as a pod coffee machine or an aeropress is perhaps wiser.
If you're not sure which coffee machine is best for you, check out our guide to the best coffee machines on sale in the UK. And don't forget to pick up a couple of reusable coffee cups to make sure you can take your brew on any walks or picnic gatherings.
Step 6 – Decorate
This is the part where you can really get creative! Choose your favourite café style aesthetic; rustic and cosy? Sleek and Scandi? Use your favourite café aesthetic as a jumping board for decorating 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 mason jars or decorative canisters with a teaspoon.
Step 7 – Stock up on coffee station essentials
Now, all that’s left to do is to stock your station with your favourite crockery, coffee, syrups, sweeteners and biscuits. Here are a few essentials to get you started:
Making delicious coffee is one thing, but drinking it out of the right mug is a whole other situation! Luckily, we've tested out a few and can confirm this Jada Turquoise Ceramic Mug from Oliver Bonas is just the ticket. A wide enough handle to get enough grip, and a sturdy design makes this a mug we turn to again and again.
This whole bean coffee is nitrogen-flushed and packaged in an airtight (and super cute) bag to ensure your coffee is super fresh. The minimal pink packaging is stylish enough to display as it is, or empty the coffee into an airtight mason jar.
Add a dash of caramel sweetness to your cup of coffee, frappe or hot chocolate with this sugar-free, vegan syrup. It can also be used in baking, sauces, desserts and even cocktails!
Lotus Biscoff biscuits are THE classic accompaniment to a proper good coffee. This pack of 300 will keep you stocked up for a while. Store them in a clear glass jar or in a drawer in your coffee station.
Thea Jeffreys is the Digital Writer on YourHomeStyle.uk, and is passionate about all things home décor. When she’s not scouring the internet for budget-friendly homeware finds, you’ll find her writing about the latest interior trends and handy upcycling tricks.