Whether in your kitchen, a butler’s pantry, dining room corner, or even tucked inside of a vacant closet, a home coffee bar is well worth considering. It’ll be like going to your favorite cafe every day without actually having to leave the houses—and even if you aren’t a huge coffee person, it’ll make a world of difference next time you have house guests. Keep reading for 11 home coffee bar ideas so good, you’ll probably turn into a morning person.
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Transform a Hallway
Catherine Kwong transformed this hallway into a chic home coffee bar. The cabinets and hidden mini fridge provide plenty of storage so the surfaces are free for decor and prep work. Best of all, having this mini kitchen meets home coffee bar in an upstairs hallway saves the occupants from having to make trips up and down to the main kitchen.
Splurge on Appliances
Interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer chose a warm color palette and packs plenty of texture-rich materials into this small kitchen. And though it may be compact, it has all the bells and whistles, namely, a built-in Thermador coffee maker . It even knows Nussbaumer’s go-to drink order, while a water dispenser (and sink and faucet) from Elkay ups her daily java intake.
Put It In a Cabinet
Designed by Emily Henderson, this home coffee bar blends in completely with the rest of the kitchen since it’s tucked away inside a cabinet. Stocked with other breakfast ingredients, it’s a one-stop-shop in the morning.
Here’s another take on the hidden coffee bar. Designed by Matthew Ferrarini, this kitchen is full of ingenious small-space solutions. He used folding wood pocket doors to conceal the entire counter and cabinet coffee area against the wall.
Stock It With Breakfast Goods
Aside from caffeinated beverages, this should also be a space for other breakfast essentials, like cereal and a toaster. Nicole Hollis Studio designated one end of this counter for a coffee bar, complete with floating shelves for tools and serverware. Bonus points if you position yours where groggy houseguests can locate it in the mornings (ideally, very near the breakfast table).
Upgrade Your Home Bar
If you have a fun home bar in a lounge area or dining room, make sure it’s also equipped with coffee bar essentials. Designed by Emily Henderson, this space brings so much dimension to the corner and makes entertaining that much better.
Split Your Kitchen
Krysta Gibbons of Kipling House Interiors split a large kitchen into two rooms: the main kitchen, where all the cooking is done, and the catering kitchen/walk-in pantry. It’s basically a modern-day butler’s pantry, where all the bulky appliances, like those you’d find in a coffee bar.
Use a Walk-In Pantry
Metallic wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for a moody, intimate walk-in pantry, home bar, or butler’s pantry. Studio DB paired it with black marble surfaces and stained wood cabinets to finish the look so it complements both a boozy home bar and a swanky home coffee bar environment.
Convert a Closet
Now here’s a fully-stocked coffee bar that doesn’t require it’s own room or even it’s own counter—all you need is a small closet, spacious cabinet, or nook to bring it to life. And don’t forget the tea ingredients in case your guests don’t take coffee.
Keep It Out in the Open
Install a rod under a floating shelf to hang your mugs and other coffee bar odds and ends. Some extra task lighting in the area is also a good call—deVol Kitchens chose a bronze sconce to complement the hardware and fixtures. Having everything out in the open and up for grabs will keep a high-traffic kitchen running smoothly.
Put It In a Butler’s Pantry
A butler’s pantry is the perfect location for a home bar given the size, layout, and proximity to the dining room When it comes to storage, the more cabinets the better. And if you can’t decide between glass display cabinets and solid cabinets in your home coffee bar, try this happy medium. The metal grates allow for partial visibility and add a shiny touch.
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