Keeping yourself caffeinated in the morning is important. But many people fall victim to using an ugly, crowded corner of their kitchen to hide their coffee makers. The truth is, you can have a coffee bar inside your home that makes the room feel just like your favorite cafe.
There are many different ways to organize your cups, coffee maker, and even the coffee itself to create a beautiful coffee bar. Having a beautiful morning starts with a trendy coffee bar.
How to Find the Perfect Items for Your Coffee Bar
One of the first steps in creating a coffee bar is having a device to make coffee of course. Whether you’re a fan of pour-over, espresso, or prefer a pod-based electronic coffee maker, you’ll need to find a coffee maker that fits the aesthetic you’re going for. Many of the ideas I’ve listed below have some great coffee makers included and would be a great place to draw inspiration from.
Next, you’ll want to find a shelving type that fits the look you’re going for. Almost every coffee bar out there needs at least one shelf if not more. Whether you want more of a cafe-style look or a coffee cabinet you’ll need to decide what you want the shelving to look like as well as what it will hold.
Lastly, one of the staples of a good coffee bar is mugs or cups. Using the coffee maker and shelving as a guide, you can easily find mugs that match the aesthetic you’re going for. All three of these elements put together will allow you to easily find the perfect additions to spruce up the coffee bar without making it overcrowded.
1. Industrial and Compact Coffee Station
Just because you’re short on space, doesn’t mean you can’t make a great coffee bar set-up. Using small, industrial-style shelving, like with this coffee bar, will give your caffeine station a unique feel. As you can see, just adding a single shelf to the table nearly doubles the space available for a coffee maker, mugs, coffee beans, and even a few saucers.
2. Hotel Style Without Leaving Your House
If your kitchen is lacking in space for a coffee bar, but your other rooms have plenty of space, this might be the set-up for you. Adding a golden breakfast counter, similar to that at a hotel’s continental breakfast, can be a great place to house coffee accessories. This option leaves plenty of room for stir sticks, add-ins, and other coffee adjacent items.
3. Cozy Cabin Chalkboard
Grabbing a warm cup of coffee after hours in the snow sounds fun, but it’s even better when you can capture that style at home. If you’ve got an artistic flair, and a spare wall, throw up a chalkboard for a fun space to set up your at-home coffee menu. The faux pine twinkle lights and dark wood cabinet bring this coffee bar together to give you the feeling of staying in a mountain cabin.
4. Farmhouse Diner
Patched paint, mismatching mugs, and wooden signs really give this coffee bar a diner feel. This particular example has great use of space with the hooks to hang mugs, leaving more free space on the countertop. The farmhouse style also makes this an easy enough coffee bar to make yourself with a variety of materials.
5. The Island of Espresso
If you’ve got a flair for fancier coffee and an espresso machine, this is probably your perfect set-up. This coffee bar features a rustic, wooden island with an espresso machine and accessories. Adding this to your home will make it feel like a nice morning at the farmer’s market every day.
6. Cafe-Style Chalkboard Walls
When that café aesthetic is really calling your name, you can spruce up your coffee bar with a chalkboard wall. The repurposed fruit basket with matching drinkware gives an organized but warm feeling to this organization. Adding in the greenery throughout brings together a muted and balanced color palette.
7. Rustic Menu-Forward
Like many of the examples on this list, this coffee bar utilizes a chalkboard. However, using a chalkboard to make a rustic coffee menu gives the bar an artistic flair.
8. Shelved Chalkboard
This chalkboard-centered coffee bar utilizes the space available by adding shelves onto the chalkboard itself. Using this method can save space while also creating different sections on the chalkboard for a variety of designs.
9. Industrial Tiers
Creating space where there wasn’t any before can really take your coffee bar to the next level. This example utilizes the top shelf for any coffee needs which providing cups at the bottom. What could be overcrowded on a single shelf is made to look much more put together when multiple tiers are introduced.
10. Simply Welcoming
This coffee bar does an excellent job of creating a more open space with shelves in a variety of sizes. This space feels simple thanks to the free space on the counter and the location of the coffee bar gives it a welcoming feel. There is an excellent example of how to store coffee pods here as well while not making it feel disorganized.
11. Hot and Cold
With two espresso machines, you’d expect an overcrowded and messy space. But this coffee bar organizes them nicely while also seamlessly integrating a mini-fridge, without it looking tacky. The balance of metal and wood with the rest of the room makes this industrial style look right at home.
12. Farm Shelving
This farm-inspired coffee bar features rustic shelving and ceramic bowls below for a southern kitchen feel. But the shelving above the bar has a nice contrast of matching jars, drinkware, and saucers to bring a sense of balance to the coffee bar.
13. Modern Café
The trendiest coffee bar in town just moved into your living room with this set-up. The variety of coffee brewing methods combined with the modern feel of the wood gives makes this the trendiest way to get caffeinated.
14. Breakfast Bar- Studio Style
This sleek, modern breakfast bar saves on space and gives a cozy feeling. The counters aren’t covered in cute mugs or other coffee accessories, because there isn’t enough space here. But what this coffee bar lacks in space it makes up for in cozy, modern style.
15. Chalkboard Coffee Bar Idea
A modern breakfast bar with a chalkboard bar provides a rustic place to sip and make some coffee. The addition of a small plant adds some color to this coffee bar and gives some life to it as well.
16. Closet of Coffee Station
A great space-saving idea for a coffee bar would be to put the set-up inside of a closet. This example used the shelf and drawer space of a pre-existing closet for a unique bar with plenty of storage space built-in.
17. Pantry Coffee Bar Idea
Just like the coffee closet, this example uses a pre-existing piece for the coffee bar. However, this example is a bit more similar to pantry and closet hybrid, allowing for a wider area and more counter space. And just as with the coffee closet, this coffee bar makes a nice hide-away spot that can easily be covered up.
18. Repurposed Cupboards
Having a coffee hideaway in a closet or pantry is nice, but repurposing an unused set of cupboards can be just as handy. This coffee bar takes the place of cups, plates, or anything else that would have been housed in these cupboards. Creating this type of coffee bar also allows for additional storage for any coffee toppings or syrups.
19. Breakfast Counter Coffee Station
This simple set-up combines a coffee bar and a few smaller kitchen appliances. There isn’t exactly a method to the coffee bar part of this, but the shelving is a nice touch.
20. Subtle and Sleek Coffee Bar
So subtle you may not have noticed it at first, this coffee bar is perfectly hiding in plain sight. With the coffee maker, pods, and even some tea cleverly organized and hidden away, this is perfect for those that don’t need their coffee machine to be a statement piece.
21. Bread Cupboard? More Like Coffee Cupboard
Gone are the days of hiding a bread loaf off of the counter, it’s time to make that space bigger and use it to house your coffee and cups! This set-up uses the shelving attached to a kitchen counter to keep the coffee, toppings, and a variety of cups inside.
22. Narrow Space? No Problem
This coffee bar uses a small space so well that it can fit two different coffee makers and a coffee grinder on one counter. The shelves above the coffee bar are key here as they really open up space on the small counter and remove unnecessary crowding.
23. Behind Door Number One
Hiding a coffee bar in your living area is a genius idea as shown in this example. It isn’t taking up precious kitchen space and it’s subtle enough that it won’t look out of place to the untrained eye. Sneak in some food for some easy-access snacking during a movie.
24. Small and Efficient Coffee Bar Idea
This small space is complete with a sink and coffee maker but feels much larger thanks to the shelves and lighting. The counter is freed up by the shelves and cupboards while the small bowls and painting add a nice touch of color and warmth.
25. Coffee Shelf Idea
This simple set-up features a single coffee maker in a set of cupboard shelves. The surrounding jars, organizers, and wine glasses give it a more subtle feel and let the coffee bar become a multipurpose area.
26. Vertical Style Coffee Station
Where a lot of coffee bars choose to go horizontal, this example takes a vertical approach. The coffee bar sits on top of a small counter with a variety of mugs available on the shelving above. This provides a nice, clean space on the counter with easy access to different mugs.
27. Modern Meets Rustic Coffee Bar
This bold combination of rustic doors and a modern, metal coffee bar set-up works great. The silver coffee maker and kettle fit in nicely with the rest of the colors in this area. This is another great example of a multipurpose space where a coffee bar can naturally fit in.
28. Move Over Spice Rack, This is A Coffee Rack
A unique use of what may have once been a spice closet, this coffee bar pulls out all the stops. The shelving, drawers, and use of space allow for what could have been a cluttered closet to feel organized. Notice the wood choice as it is the perfect contrast to the white cabinets and kitchen.
29. Repurposed Spice Closet Coffee Bar
This coffee bar is an even cleaner example that the other spice closet in this list. Just like the prior example, this use of a closet that had a previous purpose is unique and creative. Having the bottom drawers inside the closet is a nice touch and allows for the entire coffee bar to be hidden when needed.
30. Coffee Bar in the Corner
While the coffee part of this coffee bar is struggling a bit to stand out, this is still a nice little set-up for someone without a lot of cupboard or drawer space. The shelving helps the area to stay as clean as possible. But the shining star of this example is the windowed panel that creates an open but smaller space for the corner to live in.
31. Coffee That Comes to You
This simple coffee bar features a nice shelf for mugs and a pull-out shelf for the coffee maker. A small touch, but the pull-out shelving allows for easy access when making coffee in the morning.
32. Coffee Bar Hiding in Plain Sight
At first glance, this looks like any modern kitchen without a coffee bar. But if you look closer, those mugs aren’t sitting above any average kitchen appliance, in fact, that is the coffee bar itself. This subtle take on a modern coffee bar is perfect for the modern kitchen.
33. Coffee, Smoothies, and Juice Station
If you’re someone that doesn’t stop at coffee and has their life together enough to make a smoothie or juice every morning, then this is the coffee bar for you. This closet-style example includes fresh fruit, a blender, and even a juicer, creating the perfect multi-purpose coffee bar.
34. A Coffee Bar with Character
This coffee bar is a great use of space without being too crowded. The shelving and counter aren’t full of unnecessary items and, with the mugs out of the way, the counter feels balanced.
35. Espresso Heaven
The espresso part of this coffee maker is the star of the show with this coffee bar. The smaller shelves above are perfectly utilized for espresso cups while a few syrups and other espresso accessories are on the counter.
36. Simple and Tall Coffee Storage
Repurposing cabinets, closets, and shelving are definitely popular with coffee bars and this example is no exception. This tall and slender cabinet is perfect for a single coffee maker and the accenting pottery on the shelves above gives it a nice touch.
37. Coffee and Tea Hideaway
This hidden duo of a coffee maker and tea kettle makes a simple coffee bar. As always, the mugs above clear out space and allow the set-up to feel balanced.
38. Built-In Brew
Putting the coffee maker inside of the shelving adds a nice subtlety, as we’ve seen with other examples in this list. But this coffee bar allows the coffee accessories above to blend in as well, giving an overall subtle feeling to the entire coffee bar.
39. A Coffee Bar to Open the Room
This coffee bar has been given equal space in the kitchen, making the entire room feel balanced. However, the mirror behind the coffee bar is the star of the show and gives the kitchen a more open feeling.
40. The Coffee Maker Becomes the Shelf
Just like with a lot of the examples here, this one features a built-in coffee maker. But what sets this coffee bar apart is the use of a shelf that houses not only the coffee maker itself but many different mugs and saucers as well.
41. Minimal Coffee Bar Idea
There aren’t a lot of plates, mugs, or other coffee accessories in this example. Sometimes, even if you have space, it can be nice to just let the area breathe and not add a lot of unnecessary things.
42. Minimal, Modern, Chalk Coffee Station Idea
This coffee bar combines many of the concepts in other examples on the list. It has a nice balance of shelving, a chalkboard sign, and some more minimal inclusions on the counter. At first glance, you might not even notice the coffee maker for this bar.
43. Coffee Bar Idea with Clean Colors
The colors for this coffee bar are what sets it apart from the others. White, gold, and even some copper shine through for a nice contrast of the wood of the shelving and coffee bar.
44. Color Palette Centered
The focus for this coffee bar in on the colors. Every appliance in this cabinet matches perfectly and allows for a modern, balanced feeling.
45. Just A Bar
Where the rest of these examples are coffee bars that are for, well, coffee this coffee bar has a bit more than that. Featured in a shelf above this coffee counter are a few adult beverages for when you’re needing more than just some caffeine. This set-up is nice and gives the coffee bar a more edgy feeling.
46. Coffee and Wine, A Perfect Pair
A lot of people enjoy the saying “Coffee until wine,” and this is the perfect realization of that. This coffee bar features many of the great elements we’ve discussed in this list while including a few wine bottles at the top.
47. Clean and Classic Coffee Storage
This coffee bar does an excellent job of repurposing a cabinet while including shelving for some great storage. It looks great but not too flashy, a very approachable concept for many looking to create a coffee bar at home.
Overall, a coffee bar is what you want it to be. Whether you’re a fan of flashy espresso machines with perfect, color-coordinating shelving or you’re a fan of a simple set of shelves with mugs and toppings.
What idea or concept from this list do you want to try out? Are you planning to go all out for a grand coffee bar soon? Let me know below!