Coffee stations are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to understand why! Today, I’m sharing some fun and perfect diy coffee station ideas for small spaces!
So, if you love coffee and/or tea, raise your hand!
Okay, if you’re reading this in line at the grocery store, don’t raise your hand, ‘cuz that would just be kind of embarrassing. But, I don’t know too many people that don’t love a nice cup of (insert your warm beverage of choice) while scrolling through Pinterest or reading your favorite-ist blog (insert My Wee Abode here). 😉 And, having that hot cup of whatever is even better when it’s easy to make! Enter the ‘coffee station’!
THE DESIRE AND THE PROBLEM
Coffee stations have become a much wanted (and often needed) space in many homes. I didn’t think it possible to accommodate my desire for a coffee bar in My Wee Abode because, let’s face it, there are more important uses for “surface real estate” in a tiny house than creating a place to make a cup of coffee. (Well, I kept TELLING myself that anyways!)
Learn more about the pros and cons of living in a small home HERE.
Do you have a tiny counter space that makes you think, “What in the heck am I gonna use THAT area for?” Well, I do… and it’s right between my fridge and a wall! Nope… can’t do nothin’ with that! Exceeeept, maybe make a mini coffee station! And here’s the not so pretty area I started with…
Yep… pretty sad.
DIY COFFEE STATION IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES
Figuring out what is needed/wanted in a coffee station is fun, but a bit tricky, especially for a small space. Let’s look at some products that are perfect for a mini coffee station, then we’ll look at the set-up. (Warning… this post is longer than normal, but I think you will find it well worth the read! I hope you enjoy it! It was super fun to put together!)
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Coffee Makers, a must!
In small space coffee bars, a coffee maker that takes up minimal surface area is a must. It must also make a good cup of coffee, and be relatively quick about it! Here are a few suggestions, including the one that I love!
The Black & Decker Single Cup Coffee Maker is the updated digital version of my coffee maker. This coffee maker doesn’t use pods or k-cups, but enables you to use loose coffee with a built-in mesh filter. Saves money and is eco-friendly! The slim silhouette and taller cup capacity was something that I found extremely helpful! (Update: Here is my original version, now available!)
The CHULUX Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer has really great reviews, has a footprint about about 4.5” x 7.5”, comes in several colors, and uses pods or k-cups. The only down side it MIGHT have… some reviews says it takes about 3 minutes to brew a cup.
The popular Kuerig brand has its K-Mini Plus. It’s super tiny, and brews an 8-12 ounce cup in about a minute. In many of the reviews, the complaint is that the coffee is warm, not hot (I have found this to be true for another small Kuerig model I purchased for my mom, but she liked the “cooler” temp.)
And finally, my coffee maker! Though this is becoming an obsolete model, I’ve had this Black & Decker Single Serve Coffee Maker for 2.5 years now, and I still love it! The small footprint (I just measured mine, because the Amazon description, and even the reviews, note the wrong measurement) of 6” x 6” makes it a great space-saver! I use #2 filters, instead of the mesh filter, as this gives me a smoother coffee taste. And it brews in one minute!
Cute Coffee Containers…of course!
If you use ground coffee, like I do, some pretty canisters to store your coffee in (one for leaded, one for unleaded) are a perfect solution. And if they are stackable, that’s even better!
This Stainless Steel Canister is very similar to what I purchased. I love the clean look and polished finish! (I’ll show you a cute ‘personal’ twist later in the post!)
This Clear Acrylic Canister has a very similar look to the stainless steel… except it’s clear, enabling you to see the pretty coffee grounds in the canister, which can actually add some natural ‘texture’ to your coffee station!
But, it you want to have the convenience of using K-cups and pods, this Under Cabinet K-Cup Holder is a GREAT diy coffee station idea for a small space! (Remember to measure your area to make sure this will fit!)
Thinking vertically is also very helpful for small spaces (and not just for coffee stations). Like this K-cup Carousel that holds 35 pods!
Another ‘vertical’ option to hold K-cups is this Three Tiered Storage Drawer. An extra perk (see what I did there) to this container? Keep on stacking… placing your coffee maker on top may be an option, and will save even more counter space!
Coffee Mugs, and more!
There are LOTS of options for storing coffee mugs in a small space! Take your time to figure out which option is best for you, and consider the following:
- Make sure your mugs won’t ‘crowd you out’ of the small space (my mugs would look so pretty under my ‘coffee cubby’ window sign, but I would be knocking into them all the time with my hands/arms while making my coffee)
- If using cabinet type hooks, whether under the cabinet (measure under the cabinet to make sure the hardware fits and your mugs will fit comfortably, too!) or over your cabinet (does your cabinet have an ‘edge’ that prevents you from sliding anything over it?), make sure the hardware will work with your cabinetry.
- Be sure to not ‘overcrowd’ your coffee station. Using too many organizational tools can end up looking disorganized! (Ask me how I know this… I’ll show you below.)
- When in doubt, use the obvious. You usually can store your mugs in a cupboard above or below your coffee station.
With that said, these beautiful Insulated Stackable Mugs may be a great option! Don’t you think coffee or tea just seems to taste better when you drink it from a glass mug?
This Under Shelf Cup Hook slides onto a shelf and into your cupboard (see point number two above). This is pretty slick, if you ask me!
This Under Cabinet Hook screws directly under the cabinet.
This Wrought Iron Kitchen Rail is my favorite solution! You can find this in stainless steel, too! (This is the option I wish I could use.)
Extra Special Coffee Accessories
One of the biggest issues I had with my coffee station was the lack of light! I won’t bore you with all the details of how dark my space was, but here is a photo of it in the middle of the afternoon…
The most amazing and affordable solution was the OxyLED Motion Sensor Closet Lights, Wardrobe Light USB Rechargeable Under Cabinet Lightening. Perfect amount of light, motion sensored, and super easy to install! (I know this isn’t a coffee accessory, per se, but it was a necessity for my wee coffee cubby!)
This is the after shot… (BTW, these pics were obviously taken several months ago, as my counters have been updated (with ‘contact paper’ not less) and so have my photography skills! Praise God!!! LOL!) And, obviously, this was what I meant about ‘too many organizational tools’!
Don’t you love a nice coffee scoop? I don’t know about you, but I like ones that feel ‘sturdy’ in my hand (I know, I’m weird). This Coffee Scoop Set comes with two different measurement spoons, so you can measure out the exact amount of coffee for the different ‘tastes’ in your home!
Sometimes a tiered tray or cake plate is a great option for extra vertical storage, but they can often be too big or too expensive! So, why not make your own Pedestal Tray?
I use mine to hold my filters, tea bags, and my Bialetti Moka Express espresso maker.
REVEAL…DIY COFFEE STATION IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES
And, this is my mini-coffee station, all dressed up and ready to party!
Much more simple, clean, bright and airy! And, I’m starting to add a bit of fall decor to the kitchen, too.
And one of my fave signs, that shares biblical truth as I make my coffee!
Here’s the personal twist I talked about earlier. Shout out to my BFF daughter, Nika! Nika has a gift for lettering, and I’m glad she shares it with me. My chalkboard labels look perfect on these coffee canisters!
This coffee mug was a gift from a sweet friend… I love the way it feels in my hands, the color, the graphic and how it preaches more Truth to me!
My coffee cubby sign finally has ‘company’… no more tiny, empty space!
BTW, you can learn how to Make Your Own Window Sign HERE!
One last pumpkin shot, ‘cuz I love me some punkins!
And one final full view!
So… pretty long post, but hopefully you have some helpful diy coffee station ideas for small spaces that you can use! Does this make you rethink your space? Do you think a coffee bar is in your future? Let me know what you think in the comments below!