Coffee. It’s a morning necessity for those who don’t wake up ready to tackle the world (and even for those who could be classified as morning people). Sometimes you want a simple cup of joe to get the day started, but there are also times when you want that perfect cup of coffee to sit down and enjoy or even to take with you. No matter what kind of pick-me-up you prefer in the morning, you can have the perfect cup every time when you have a well-organized, at-home coffee bar.
Find the Perfect Spot
Where you keep your coffee bar is important—especially at 6:30 in the morning when you’re on the hunt for caffeine. To make your own coffee bar, you don’t need specialty furniture. An open china cabinet or the top of a buffet are both ideal locations for a coffee bar. You can also set aside space on your countertop if you don’t have freestanding furniture to repurpose. “If your counter is small, use a base, like a tray, to put all your coffee essentials in a group to decrease clutter,” recommends Melina Divani of Decoholic Interior Design. “You can also add a shelf above your coffee machine to place cups, coffee, and other essentials.” Choose a location where there’s open storage, drawers, and a surface that can stand up to occasional spills that are bound to happen.
Organize Your Supplies
The centerpiece of your coffee bar is the coffee maker, but you’ll also need to stock this space with all of the supplies you need to make coffee. “Next to the coffee maker, we have a small tray with a few of our daily necessities,” writes Ashley Brown at iHeart Organizing. “I like to keep the kitchen counters as uncluttered as possible. That being the case, I decided to keep things simple and corralled just a few things and put them on a small tray. That way, if I need the counter space for anything, I can easily move it out of the way.”
Store creamer, sugar, and other small coffee supplies in glass jars that match your decor. Be creative in your storage solutions; Brown uses a glass votive candleholder to house Starbucks Via packets. K-cups, tea bags and hot cocoa packets fit nicely in a drawer, or you can buy containers designed to store them. Tuck away a package of wet wipes so you can easily clean up spills.
Make It a Self-Serve Coffee Bar
You want your guests to feel welcome, but you don’t want to feel like you’re a server. The solution: A coffee bar where your guests can serve themselves. Make a custom chalkboard with instructions so guests have all the information they need to make their own coffee, tea or hot cocoa. “I measured out my space, painted chalkboard paint directly onto the wall, and then trimmed it out,” says Cassity Kmetzsch of Remodelaholic. You can use trim pieces you already have in your self-storage unit, or you can buy trim and have the store cut the pieces to your size specifications.
To make sure the information written on the chalkboard is neat, use a projector. “My husband came up with the brilliant idea to display the words on the chalkboard using a projector that a friend had given us. You would be surprised who might have a projector lying around, so check with your friends to see if you could borrow theirs,” recommends Kmetzsch. “It took me about two hours to trace everything.” The finished product is a warm and inviting space where guests feel comfortable and the homeowners feel they can relax too.
Taking the time to create your own coffee bar will really brighten your mornings, and it’s the perfect space to welcome your guests. Having everything organized means you can make a simple cup of coffee, or you can brew a cup that’s as elaborate as you might buy in a shop. So browse through your self-storage unit and see what supplies you have on hand to put to use in creating your own at-home coffee bar.