The breeze is getting colder and the seasonal aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air, so there’s no better time to celebrate International Coffee Day on September 29. However, you don’t need a holiday to excuse your coffee obsession – every day is coffee day!
Commemorate the season by waking up every morning to the sweet fragrance and bitter yet smooth taste of a hot cup of joe! You don’t even need to brave the cold. You can enjoy your signature morning caffeine at home and save yourself a trip to the local coffee shop. If coffee holds a special place in your heart, give it a special place in your home by creating a coffee station that is sure to impress!
How to Build a Home Coffee Station
Creating a home coffee station adds a touch of luxury to your space and you can design one that fits a variety of design styles from rustic to traditional. Whether you are creating a home coffee station like ours, DIY-ing an old microwave cart from your basement or decorating a mini-station on your kitchen counter, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a coffee shop every morning when you use these tips and ideas!
1. The Coffee Bar
A home coffee station can come in any size and style. It can be a small cart or island like our Powell Butcher Block Island or a larger piece like our Ashley Sharlowe Buffet – it all depends on what you want in the space you have! Look for kitchen carts, servers, sofa tables or buffets for the perfect bar.
Keep in mind that storage is key for a well-stocked coffee station, so try finding a bar that includes space to store your mugs, décor and extra supplies. It not only declutters the space and adds functionality, but also adds visual appeal.
Love what you see above? Add the same International Furniture Antique Server to your home or shop at Homemakers to find your own look! We have finishes for every interior design style. If you have a little extra space, consider placing a side or accent chair like our Furniture Classics Bentwood Side Chair near the bar so you can sit and sip comfortably.
2. The Must-Haves
Ensure you have enough room for the essentials before adding the perks. Start by deciding what is absolutely necessary for your home coffee station to function and think about how you want them to be displayed. Here’s a list of essentials no home coffee station should be without:
- Coffee maker or espresso machine
- The equipment you include depends on how fancy you want your drinks to be and what you already have. But you can’t have a coffee station without a coffee maker of some kind, so keep this at the top of your list!
- Coffee beans
- If you don’t like grinding your own coffee, stock up on beans that have already been ground. Either way, you need something to brew! Include two to three canisters of flavored coffee if you like having options. If you have a single-serving machine, look for a jar to display all of your coffee pods.
- Tools of the trade
- These are all of the tools you need for a successful station: coffee grinder, stirring sticks, spoons, napkins and filters – depending on what you will need and use. Remember to get a few canisters or jars to stylishly store everything!
- Coffee mugs
- Include a variety of colors and sizes for an eclectic look or find a traditional set for a touch of refinement. From stackable to colorful, you can’t go wrong when choosing mugs for your coffee station! If you love collecting coffee mugs when traveling, a home coffee station is the perfect place to store your souvenirs.
You can also include space for hot chocolate mix and herbal teas so all your favorite drinks are beautifully displayed and accessible.
3. The Sweet Stuff
Once you have all of the needs, it’s time for the wants! That means it’s time to include the sweet stuff like ingredients and snacks. Start by setting out some of your favorite mix-ins like sugar, cinnamon, honey and creamer. You can also set out some of your favorite syrup. Pour your ingredients into mason jars or bottles to add style to the space.
Next, stock up on treats to pair with your coffee creations. Whether they are homemade or store-bought, treats displayed on a cake stand or in a glass jar will make guests feel like they are at their favorite café.
Don’t feel like baking? Celebrate International Coffee Day at Homemakers’ Treat Café, located on the first floor of our showroom, where we serve free coffee, lemonade and fresh cookies every day!
4. A Decorative Tray
A decorative tray is like icing on the cake when it comes to designing your home coffee station. It’s both super stylish and incredibly functional. You can use it to stack all your mugs on, decorate it with personalized décor or use it to display your coffee, filters and various ingredients.
When styling your tray, choose decorations with varying heights to create visual interest. For example, you can keep a couple canisters of the same size in one section of the tray, a small candle in front and a larger decorative item behind. This creates a layered and balanced look, which tends to look better than keeping everything at the same height.
Looking to style trays in other areas of your home? Check out Five Ways to Style a Table Tray for decoration inspiration.
5. Personalized Décor
Your coffee station is all about displaying your personal style and there is no better way to showcase personality than to style with décor! Write a helpful menu or quirky quote on a chalkboard, stack coffee-related books or add a pastry-scented candle so your space smells like a café even when you’re not brewing. The possibilities are endless!
For a variety of home décor options, visit us in-store and browse our seasonal accessory marketplace and our Magnolia Home collection. We’re proud to be the only Iowa showroom to carry Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home furniture line!
6. Green Thumb Appeal
Plants are the perfect addition to any space and your coffee station is no different. Greenery adds a pop of color and breathes life into a space. Include a beautiful succulent on your bar or a floor plant beside your station. Not a master gardener? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Give the impression of a green thumb when you include our realistic botanical décor.
7. Wall Accessories
Put the finishing touch on your space by adding wall accessories. Hang beautiful wall art to add artistic style, a mirror for glamorous functionality or a clock to make sure you leave for work on time. Keep it simple by hanging a piece you made yourself or design a gallery wall to uniquely display multiple wall accessories.
Get brewing at your home coffee station!
Your coffee station is beautifully designed and fully stocked. Now what? Wave goodbye to the snooze button and early morning slump, and say hello to the hissing sounds, tempting smells and rewarding tastes that will welcome you every morning.
Celebrate the beginning of fall with a steaming hot cup of happiness like Iowa Girl Eat’s deliciously easy pumpkin spice latte! It only takes five minutes to make and can be created with espresso or coffee. Even the little ones can enjoy your new coffee station by making a caffeine-free version of this seasonal favorite.
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