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home coffee station – DIY

Apartments and rentals all come with their own unique quirks and challenges. In our current apartment, we have an awkward, built-in desk nook in the kitchen that, for the longest time, I had no idea what to do with.

For about a year, it’s been piled with random mail, textbooks, and everyday clutter. I tried to make it a legitimate desk nook, but it continued to be a dumping ground, and we never actually sat there to study or work.

In addition to being an awkward nook, it’s also one of the first things you see when you walk in the door, so I really wanted it to be cute.

After giving up on it serving as an office space, it came to me—home coffee station.

If you know Jordan and me, we drink coffee all day long, so a designated coffee station is a perfect solution. A built-in desk just happens to be the ideal sized spot for a coffee station while also freeing up my kitchen counters.

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how to create a home coffee station

creating your home coffee station

designate a coffee station

First, you need a designated spot to put your coffee station. You don’t have to have a built-in desk nook to create a coffee station. You can use a portion of your counter space, a buffet table, bar cart, or even a dresser. Find a spot that works for you and your family.

peel + stick backsplash

Peel and stick tiles just happen to be fantastic for customizing apartment spaces. This was my first experience using this type of product, and I am so impressed! The backsplash is so high quality and looks just like real tiles.

The peel and stick tile backsplash helped the desk nook look like part of the kitchen and also makes it easier to clean. Plus, I love hex tiles, so I’m thrilled I found a way to work these into my apartment design.

I recently posted a step-by-step guide (with video) for installing peel and stick tiles. Click here to read the post and view the video: 5 Pro Tips for Installing Peel and Stick Tiles.

Of course, your can easily customize with paint or wallpaper as well.

organizing your home coffee station

shelves + jars

I made some simple shelves to store items I need when making coffee. Since there’s not a lot of space, I tried to find things that could double as decor accents. Clear jars store whole beans and other coffee items such as a french press, mugs, and steamer jug double as decor accents.

lazy susan

Next to the espresso machine, a small lazy susan holds our most frequently used flavors and tools.

bar cart

To utilize the awkward space under the counter, I found a bar cart to slide under the desk and create more storage. I keep coffee mugs and other coffee/bar items on the bottom shelf.

The cart can also be wheeled out when entertaining to serve as a drink table or extra serving surface. That’s a huge plus for small space living!

appliances for your home coffee station

espresso machine

I’ve wanted an espresso machine for a long time. After saving my pennies, we finally decided on the Breville Barista Express, because it really is an all in one device. It has a built-in grinder, single and double shot options, a water spigot, and a steamer wand. We love it!

coffee machine

Of course, there is no need to spend a lot of money, and it all depends on your preference. Before this machine, we used a Keurig, which we loved too. French press and pour-over options are great affordable alternatives as well.

milk steamer

If you want to enhance your basic cup of coffee, getting a milk steamer can make all the difference. There are some great options on Amazon that are super affordable.

accessorizing your home coffee station

coffee mugs

Plain white cappuccino mugs from IKEA and Crate and Barrel are my favorite go-to style. They make me feel like I’m in a real coffee shop.


The easiest way to take your home coffee station to the next level is by adding some specialty flavors. We frequently use French Vanilla and simple syrup, so we keep them on the counter where they’re easy to grab.

I found an adorable syrup dispenser from World Market to hold my simple syrup. It ties into my gold accents too!

We also keep cream and sugar nearby in case someone prefers plain sugar.


Cute gold-accented tools from IKEA are both functional and decorative. I have a coffee scoop, bag clip, honey dipper (which I use for stirring), and a flat tea scooper, which works perfectly for leveling my coffee.

I also suggest having some napkins available. Whether cloth or disposable, it’s a nice touch to serve one with your coffee. They are also useful for keeping your station clean as you make coffee.


I absolutely love my home coffee station. We’re looking forward to colder weather, so we can make all sorts of seasonal drinks!

Hope you enjoyed this post and were inspired to create your own home coffee station. If you do design your own coffee station, I would love to see what you come up with.

As always, if you have any questions, just drop a comment below!

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