Everyone says they love coffee, but how can you prove to the world that you really love coffee? While there is always the option of commissioning a tattoo of a giant coffee tea for your left side of your torso, this will not be an enticing option for everybody. And, since we don’t all want to open up a coffee shop, we have to start to get creative when we think about how we can profess our love for a cup ‘o joe.
Coffee lovers across the world take refuge in their coffee bars, which are basically a corner of their house or apartment that is dedicated to all of the tools involved in making the perfect cup of coffee. If you don’t yet know what a coffee bar is, keep reading—we’re about to show you some examples that will make you super excited about setting up one of your very own in the special corner of your living space.
Cafe-Inspired Coffee Bar
If you are a lover of coffee, then chances are that you probably spend quite a bit of time in a cafe. While the ambience of a cafe can do wonders for productivity, it’s also a habit that can add up quickly when you take into account the cost of custom lattes. Why not recreate the atmosphere of a professional cafe in your very own house with help from this coffee bar setup from Studio Gray House.
Splash of Color
While it won’t suit all of us to have a home that is bursting with color, many of us can get away with adding a spontaneous color splash where it suits us. A perfect location for a bit of a color splash as at your coffee bar, as demonstrated here in this example from Jaime Scott. We love how this tutorial involves the refinishing and painting of an old retired piece of furniture—when it comes to creating new to you pieces of furniture, it’s always better to upcycle! Plus, this allows you to go with the fun color of your choice.
Dresser Mirror Repurposing
Speaking of upcycling, if you have a vanity mirror hanging around that you feel has gone out of style and no longer serves you in its traditional bedroom location, why not bring it to the kitchen? Okay, we know this sounds weird, but trust us on this one. We don’t mean taking the entire dresser and mirror and placing it in your bedroom—we just mean taking the mirror from the vanity and hanging it above your coffee station. See how at the Summery Umbrella.
Bookshelf Turned Coffee Station
If you are looking to buy a piece of furniture that is specially made for a coffee station, you might not have much luck. The reason for this is that it is not very common for retailers to market something as a “coffee station”. You will most likely need to find another kind of furniture type and tweak it so that it can accommodate your coffee station. A bookshelf is perfect for these purposes, as it will usually come as the ideal height and with the ideal number of storage compartments. See a gorgeous example over at Baked Bree.
Bohemian designs are great, but they are not going to suit everybody’s tastes. If you are more of the minimalist type, then we would love to point you in the direction of this coffee corner idea that comes courtesy of Only Deco Love. We love how every single detail of this coffee station is minimalist, from the artwork choice to the bare essentials that are put on display.
Decorative Cloth Storage
Let’s face it—many of us are very guilty of having too many mugs or other kitchen accessories. And while we want to be able to show these proudly on display, there often just isn’t enough space to make that happen. However, with a little bit of creativity, you can make it so that your coffee stations not only have storage compartments, but storage compartments that add to the design of your station. See how Houseful of Handmade did exactly that with their adorable cloth patterns.
MCM Coffee Cart
Are you a fan of MCM (Mid Century Modern) Design? If the answer to that question is yes, you’re not alone. This style has become increasingly common in recent years, mostly thanks to its seamless designs and clean edges. You can give your kitchen or dining area a nice touch of MCM design by following this coffee bar tutorial from Dream Green DIY. If you luck out, you may be able to find a MCM piece of furniture at a local thrift shop, garage sale, or estate sale.
We all love Ikea, but some of us love it even more than others. If you’re the type to have your house decked out in everything Ikea, then you will want to take a peek at this coffee bar from Oh Everything Handmade. This creative idea uses materials that are 100% sourced from Ikea, which you know means that it is not only going to be affordable but stylish, too.
Coffee Mug Sign
This next option is for anyone who has been given an order to not purchase any more coffee mugs. Whether this ruling has come from a spouse or even from yourself, we know how tempting it can be to resist the urge to place yet another mug in your cart. You can compensate with this beautiful mug-themed artwork hung above your coffee bar, as seen over at Brooklyn Limestone. Not only is this art beautifully on-theme, but it is also just flatout beautiful in its own right!
Who says that banners are just for birthday parties and other festivities? We love the way that Average Inspired has created a beautiful coffee (and cocoa) bar set-up where the centerpiece is this lovely banner. The best part about making your own banner is that you can customize it to say whatever you would like it to, whether it be your family name, your favorite inspirational quote, and more.
Hanging Rod With Mugs
Have we mentioned yet that mugs are an essential part of your coffee bar set-up? Yes? Several times? Well, we are about to mention it again. If you are still unable to see how you could possibly organize your large (and awesome) mug collection among all of these coffee station ideas, then feast your eyes on this simple mug hanger from eHow. Not only does this allow you to incorporate your beloved mugs into your practical coffee bar setup, but it also lets you conserve counter space that would otherwise be taken up by your mug storage needs.
Reclaimed Wooden Heart
Sometimes the problem with setting up your own coffee bar is not a matter of finding the furniture to house it, but finding the right decorative touches. At Homedit we are a big fan of reclaimed art (also known as upcycled or recycled art), and one of the best ways to make your coffee bar your own is by hanging up a piece of art. See how you can make this sweet recycled heart over at Funky Junk Interiors.
Floating Glass Shelves
We know about the beauty of the floating shelf when it comes to our offices or our living rooms, but the floating shelf is also your best option when it comes to organizing your coffee bar accessories. Not only are these easy to install, but the fact that you cannot see any brackets that are holding up the shelf is nothing short of magical.
Un cafe de France
What isn’t to love about the fantasy of a French bakery or cafe? How about having a slice of France right in your home? While it may not come close to being able to visit la belle ville de Paris on a regular basis, having a taste of French style in your kitchen is the next best thing. We love the delicate touches of this coffee bar from Junk Chic Cottage.
All You Need is Love (and Coffee)
When the Beatles were singing about how all you need is love, clearly they weren’t thinking about coffee. We love the way that this coffee bar from My Repurposed Life uses a playful quote to set a tone for a fun coffee bar. Get the idea here.
What are you waiting for? Gather up your favorite mugs, organizational jars, and coffee-related art and make yourself a coffee bar. Not only will this make those early mornings easier, but it will also allow you to express your love for one of life’s greatest joys—a good cup of bean.