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DIY Décor Tips: How to Create a Home Coffee Bar

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There’s nothing like sipping a cappuccino or latte just the way you like it. Although, going out to your favorite coffee house isn’t the only way to get your daily dose of caffeine. Why not bring everything you love about the perfect cup of joe right into the comfort of your own home? A home coffee bar (like the one shown above courtesy of @laplans on Instagram) makes a wonderful addition to your weekend brunches, dinner parties, and any morning you want a moment of quiet with your favorite warm mug before rushing out the door. Luckily, everything you need for a blissful cup of java at home is within reach. Read on as we share a few quick tips on creating your home coffee bar and the home furnishings for effortless serving and enjoyment.

Setting Up a Coffee Bar in Your Dining Room

A cup of coffee is always welcome after a decadent meal. This is especially true when entertaining! Offer your guests a chance to savor a cup with their favorite flavors by creating a coffee bar in your dining room. You can do this by using a sideboard. This multifunctional cabinet offers a spacious surface for serving that can accommodate your single-serve brewer or even a larger espresso machine. Plus, there’s plenty of storage inside to keep mugs, syrups, or sugar close at hand. What’s better, a sideboard is a worthwhile investment that can be used over and over for any occasion. When it’s not a coffee bar, it can double as a handy buffet for holiday meals and special gatherings.

A white sideboard with coffee accessories and mirrored doors.
The Jaidon Sideboard found on Wayfair.

If you’re in the market for a sideboard, we recommend the Jaidon Sideboard. It offers a modern look that will set your coffee bar apart and contains two roomy storage areas. A distinctive geometric pattern over three mirrored doors is sure to draw compliments. Adjustable shelves also give you flexibility for all of your coffee accessories and more. That way, you can have everything needed to serve that after dinner cup of coffee easily accessible, and neatly concealed.

Coffee Stations for Smaller Spaces

A smaller home can still offer room for a coffee bar. You just have to get creative! Whether you live in a tiny house or a studio apartment, clever use of space and more compact home furnishings can make your setup shine. Specifically, you can opt for an accent cabinet for your coffee bar. Accent cabinets typically offer a smaller footprint with ample storage to suit any room.

A brown accent cabinet with paneled doors holds plates, napkins, a french press, and other coffee accessories.
The Dumas 2-Door Accent Cabinet found on Wayfair.

With paneled doors and sleek hardware, the Dumas 2-Door Accent Cabinet looks great with coastal, boho, and many other styles of décor. An open bottom shelf offers added storage or a place for decorative accents that complete your java station. Here, you could display a few coffee-inspired prints or show off your favorite mugs. Alternatively, you could fill colorful coffee cans from retro brands with vivid flowers for a pop of interest. The interior shelf keeps everything organized and out of sight until you’re ready to serve.

Best of all, this cabinet works extra hard as a multipurpose piece of furniture for your small space living. Two USB power ports are integrated directly into the cabinet for you and your devices. That way, you can plug your phone into one of the ports before bed, then grab it with your morning cup of joe on the way out the door the next day.

A brown desk with golden frame stylishly holds a coffee maker and fixings for the perfect cup of coffee.
The Cerqueira Writing Desk found on Wayfair.

For a more minimalist look, consider the Cerqueira Writing Desk as setup for your coffee bar. There’s plenty of space for a coffee machine, flavored syrups and more. However, the light, open design won’t crowd your room. Stow a bench beneath the desk for extra seating in an instant when company arrives. This desk also features a built-in USB port, so guests can charge their devices while you visit and savor your favorite blends.

How to Set Up Your Coffee Bar

An industrial style bookshelf with electric fireplace is styled as an at-home coffee bar.
A DIY coffee bar, courtesy of @humbledecor on Instagram, embraces the added ambiance of an electric fireplace.

With your home furnishings in place, it’s time to bring your coffee station to life. Keep your home’s décor style in mind as you choose accessories and accents. This way, you’ll end up with a cohesive look that guests are sure to appreciate. Here are some things to consider:

  • Keep napkins, drink stirrers, and other disposables in stylish containers. A small trash receptacle at the side or below the coffee bar helps to avoid a mess.
  • Get creative with staging. Place your favorite flavorings on a small stack of coffee-themed books for greater height. Organizing your cream pitcher and sugar bowl on a stylish letter tray will also add stylish layers.
  • Bring art to your coffee bar. Hang a vibrant print or gleaming mirror over the bar for a put-together look.
  • Offer snacks. A plate of cookies or a basket of biscotti is sure to be appreciated. After all, coffee is best when enjoyed with a treat!

Sit Back and Enjoy

With these ideas in mind, you’re ready to create an at-home coffee bar that will help you to enjoy your favorite hot beverage even more. To find the right pieces for your home décor, shop the Twin Star Home™ assortment by style. You’ll find retro designs, contemporary styles, and everything in between for a one-of-a-kind look that will be all your own. Need more ideas and inspiration? Keep an eye out for new blog updates every week or give us a follow on social media! Just find @TwinStarHome on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for style tips and tricks from expert designers.