Create a fall coffee nook in a small space by using a few easy tips and tricks. You could even call it a fall coffee cubby!
CREATE A FALL COFFEE NOOK IN A SMALL SPACE
Are you thinking about Christmas yet?
If you are, we are twins! 😉
BUT, before I start getting Christmas together, I thought I would share a quick post of my fall coffee cubby.
You know, the one I forgot to share at my fall apartment tour this year? Yeah, that one. Hehe!
See that cute little counter space on the right? When I moved into My Wee Abode I was like, “What the heck am I going to do with THAT dinky space?!”
Then, after a few mornings of picking up coffee at 7-Eleven (their dark roast is amazing), I had an epiphany! I NEEDED a coffee cubby!
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How Can I Add a Coffee Station to My Apartment?
It’s pretty easy to add a coffee bar to any small home, whether it be an apartment, tiny house, or even a dorm!
All you need is a bit of space, or even a coffee cart in the corner of a room or kitchen!
And then you add some simple coffee ‘requirements’, a bit of fall decor, and you’re all set! Let me show you!
Essential Items for a Fall Coffee Cubby
You know you HAVE to have the essentials for creating a fall coffee station in a small space. Here are some of my ‘must haves’:
A Reliable Coffee Maker with a Small “Footprint”
With my apartment’s small counter space, a small ‘footprint’ means I look for something that is either long and narrow, or has a ‘diameter’ of 6 inches or less.
Though it’s hard to see here, my current coffee maker is a Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker. And it really is a great little coffee maker.
The Sboly can be used with both K-cup pods or ground coffee. The plastic mesh filter that is included really does a great job of keeping grounds out of the coffee, and doesn’t leave any strange taste that some metal filters can. And I really like the 30 oz. water reservoir.
The only thing I don’t like… this machine can tend to splash coffee onto the counter (do all coffee makers do this?). But, for all the other options, I can overlook the one flaw.
Here are a couple more space saving coffee machines:
- Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker
- Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single Serve Coffee Maker
- Black and Decker Single Serve Coffee Maker
Some tips to consider when purchasing a small coffee maker:
- Do you want to use K-cups or ground coffee, or both?
- How much space do you have for the coffee maker? (Check the measurements of the coffee maker listed in the description)
- How much coffee do you want to make at one time? Is a 12 ounce cup enough?
- Is the cup tray removable (for larger cups), or does is adjust up for smaller cups?
- Does it come in a variety of colors?
- What do other buyers’ say about the machine?
Ground Coffee or Pod Containers
To keep your small coffee bar neat and tidy, opt for some space saving containers for your ground coffee and/or coffee pods.
Since I love using copper elements for fall (and every day on my coffee station), these copper colored glass containers are perfect for holding my fave dark roast leaded (caffeinated) and unleaded (decaf of course) ground coffees. They are stackable and the suctioned lids are great for keeping the coffee fresh.
My glass containers were a purchase from HomeGoods, but here are a few options that would work, too!
And, if you want some space-saving options to store pods:
- Nifty 3-tier Coffee Pod Storage Drawers (small footprint, and you could even put your coffee maker on top)
- K-Cup Carousel (vertical storage saves space)
- Retro K-Cup holder in antique bronze (pretty and different… you can put your coffee maker on top of this one, too!)
- Mind Reader Mounty Coffee Pod Holder (this one mounts on the wall or refrigerator. If it’s ‘too much’ here’s a simpler idea.)
Little Items for Creating a Small Space Coffee Bar
Don’t forget the little things, such as:
- A good coffee scoop. Mine is a copper one from Starbucks, but here are some other ideas.
- Something to hold sugar packets, tea, or cinnamon sticks.
- Some coffee cups you LOVE. I especially love drinking from glass coffee mugs. I think it makes the coffee taste better. Who’s with me?
Adding Fall Decor Items to Your Small Coffee Cubby
Now, it wouldn’t be a FALL coffee nook if I didn’t share with you how to add some autumn decor items, would it?
If you are using a specific metal finish (copper, bronze, silver, black) in your kitchen (or whatever area your coffee station is in), adding those finishes to your coffee station can give a cohesive look to the area.
At My Wee Abode, copper is the color this fall! Though, truth be told, I always use copper in my coffee station.
Along with my coffee containers and coffee scoop, I added a shiny rose-gold acorn to the top of my mug holder.
These coffee art templates in a copper finish were a find at Target’s Hearth and Hand line. I don’t think these are available any longer, but here are some others from Amazon.
And these cute little copper acorn jingle bells were a fun find at Hobby Lobby! Plus, you can never go wrong with adding a fabric pumpkin to your holiday decor!
And for a finishing touch, you may want to add a little something to the ‘background’ of your space. In keeping with the acorn theme, I found this cute little wooden acorn set.
And of course, you can always paint your own Coffee Cubby sign for everyday decor, too!
What do you like to add to your seasonal coffee bar? Do you change up your coffee flavors each season? Or are you more of a tea or cocoa drinker? Let me know in the comments! They truly are a treat for me!