Wouldn’t it be nice if everything you needed for the perfect cup of coffee was all in one aesthetically pleasing place? We’re going to talk with you about coffee station ideas and picks today because they’ve become quite the hot commodity in kitchens everywhere.
We’ll fill you in on just what exactly a coffee station is and what to look for when buying your own. We also have six unique coffee stations we’re excited to show and three ways to style a coffee station in your kitchen. So, pour yourself a hot cup of jo and enjoy!
Top 3 Picks
If you’d like to start this journey by getting a visual of what great coffee stations look like, we’re happy to show you these 3. All of these coffee stations blew our socks off in terms of price, versatility, and best combination of features.
- Best Overall: Mr. IRONSTONE Vintage Kitchen Baker’s Rack
- Most Versatile: Walker Edison Willa Modern Farmhouse Sliding Single Slat Door Storage Console
- Best Bargain: AZL 1 Life Concept 3-Tier Kitchen Rack
What’s a Coffee Station?
A coffee station is how you’re going to live your barista dreams each morning. In all seriousness, a coffee station is simply a workspace with shelving that holds all your coffee-related materials, things like your coffee or espresso maker, cups, and everything needed to prepare your cuppa for the morning.
Coffee stations add class and uniqueness to homes by giving the appearance of a mini café. They’re stylish and conveniently hold all your:
- Coffee Makers
- French Presses
- Coffee Blends
- And More!
What’s Included in a Coffee Station?
The truth is different coffee stations come with additional features. With this in mind, there are some basic features that are essential for most coffee stations to have. We’ll tell you all about them down below.
How are you going to make coffee without a worksurface to set the coffee maker and cup on? That’s why coffee stations typically have a larger top shelf or surface where you can do the actual preparing of your coffee. If your work surface is made of wood, be sure to seal the wood with mineral oil or beeswax when it starts to lose its glossy shine.
All coffee stations come with shelving so that you’ll have somewhere to put your coffee-related items. The amount of shelving varies by individual coffee station models, but most have at least 2-3 shelves.
Occasionally, coffee stations will come with a built-in cup rack. This isn’t always the case, which is why some people like to set a coffee cup rack on the work surface or one of the shelves.
You wouldn’t have much of a “coffee station” without somewhere to put your favorite Peruvian blends. Most coffee connoisseurs who have their own coffee station use at least some of the shelving and/or storage space for tucking away their favorite kinds of coffee. This way, everything you need for a perfect cup is within reach in one place.
Many coffee stations use racking for cups, towels, and other items. You can use the racking, which is sometimes mounted on the coffee station itself and sometimes meant to be mounted on the wall separately, to hang cups. If you want to be able to hang up your prettiest cups to make a display, make sure to check that the coffee station you want includes racking features.
What to Look for in a Coffee Station
We know what coffee stations are used for and what to expect when you buy one, but how should you choose one? With so many coffee stations for sale, the options for which station would best fit your kitchen’s style and your budget might feel overwhelming.
To help you out, we’re going to go over some of the most important things to look out for when you’re considering a new coffee station.
Size and Shape
Here are some important questions to ask when you’re thinking about what size coffee station you want:
- How much free space do I have in my kitchen?
- How many coffee products do I need to store in my coffee station?
- Do I like the look of a big or small coffee station?
- Do I know the dimensions of the coffee station I want?
- Have I measured those dimensions in my kitchen to make sure my coffee station will fit?
When you’re considering what shape you want your coffee station to be, we always recommend looking around at the other furniture pieces that will surround it; this will give you a better idea as to:
- Whether rounded or sharp edges fit well with other furniture pieces
- Whether a tall or short coffee station would look best in your home
The construction of your coffee station should be durable and long-lasting. It’s always a good idea to check that a coffee station isn’t shaky and all the pieces fit together right before you buy if you can. Check how the model coffee station is constructed in a store so you can look at all the little details.
A quality coffee station will usually be at least over $100. This is not always the case! Sometimes, the types of materials used to make a coffee stand are more critical than the price in terms of quality. Hardwoods are always longer lasting than other types of wood. Stainless steel and metal are both durable materials, too, and make for great coffee stations.
Coffee stations don’t have to be a ridiculously pricy investment, though most are between $100-$200. Due to their price, many coffee drinkers want to know that their station is covered by warranties if something breaks, falls off, or is otherwise damaged.
If you’re interested in making sure a warranty covers your coffee station for at least 1-2 years, you can usually inquire with the seller if their warranties aren’t explicitly stated on their website.
Style and Design
Two of the most exciting parts about picking a new piece of furniture is deciding on the style and design you like best! You’ll have a huge range of choices with coffee stations, which offer a ton of options for style and design, including:
- Chic stainless steel or metal
- Homey warm-toned woods
- Vintage painted woods
- Cool toned woods, or wood made gray
- Elegant detailing for a classical feel
- Wood with black metal for a modern feel
- And much, much more!
Top Coffee Station Picks
A beautiful coffee station is the cream and sugar on top of any kitchen belonging to an avid coffee drinker. After searching for the very best coffee stations to show you, we’re more than confident you’ll be satisfied with these picks. Keep reading for details about six amazing coffee stations you can buy right now!
AZL 1 Life Concept 3-Tier Kitchen Rack
Best For: Low Price
If you have a smaller kitchen or a limited amount of space to put a coffee station, this is the product for you. This coffee station provides three shelves to store your coffee-related goodies and a racking system to hang your mugs.
You’ll be able to roll your coffee station on its four wheels or keep it locked in place using the breaks. This model is available in rustic brown, brown, and light walnut.
- Material: Wood and metal
- Price Range: $50-$70
- Warranty: Please contact the seller directly
- Best Feature: 3 stable shelves
Use warm water, gentle dish soap, and a sponge to clean this coffee station. Thoroughly wash all the surfaces with a soapy sponge before rinsing with another sponge. To ensure the metal never rusts, use paper towels to dry this station as soon as you’re done washing it.
- Low price
- Compact size
- Wheels for maneuverability
- It doesn’t offer as much space as the other models
Mr. IRONSTONE Vintage Kitchen Baker’s Rack Utility Storage Shelf
Best for: Overall
Out of all the coffee stations, we have to show you today, this model is our absolute favorite. It provides six shelves, cup racks, towel racks, and a wire basket. The rounded edges give it a comforting, homey style.
The three color choices are titled “Vintage,” “Dark Brown,” and “Rustic Brown.” With its neatly stacked design, you’ll be able to store everything you need with this aesthetically pleasing furniture piece.
- Material: Engineered wood, alloy steel, and metal
- Price Range: $95-$115
- Warranty: Please contact the seller directly
- Best Feature: Lots of shelving
When the wood starts to lose its glossy sheen, it’s time to do some sealing. To seal the wood, simply rub mineral oil or beeswax into the wood with a paper towel after it has been cleaned. Let the oil sit in the wood for 15 minutes before taking new paper towels to wipe off any excess oil or wax.
- Tons of shelving space
- Beautiful design
- Lots of racking options
- No cupboards, only shelves
Ecoprsio Bakers Rack
Best For: Cool Toned Kitchens
If you like blue, silver, black, gray, or other cool tones in your kitchen, this coffee station would fit right in. You’ll have four shelves along with racks for cups and towels. You’ll also be able to use two pull-out wire baskets with this model. Not to mention, the gray wood looks gorgeous with the black metal.
- Material: Engineered wood, oak wood, and metal
- Price Range: $80-$100
- Warranty: 2-year warranty
- Best Feature: Glossy gray oak wood
Use warm soapy water to clean the surfaces of this coffee station when you’re done using it or after encountering a spill. Once it’s been cleaned and rinsed, use paper towels to dry the station. Drying ensures you won’t be dealing with any rust later on.
- Cool toned wood
- Lots of shelving and racking space
- Two pull-out wire baskets
- No wheels for moving around
Walker Edison Willa Modern Farmhouse Sliding Single Slat Door Storage Console
Best for: Versatility
This is a beautiful, modern coffee station that gets high marks for versatility. You can use this product as a coffee station, a living room display, and tons of other things if you like to regularly switch up the look of your home. It provides ample workspace room on its top-shelf. The bottom shelves are protected by a sliding slat door.
- Material: Wood and metal
- Price Range: $155-$185
- Warranty: 30-day limited manufacturer warranty
- Best Feature: Sliding door
Make sure to seal the wood on this coffee station with mineral oil or beeswax when its glossy shine is starting to fade. Mineral oil or beeswax are the types of oils you should use for sealing because some oils, like olive oil or vegetable oil, can go rancid.
- Beautiful modern design
- Sliding door
- No racking for cups and towels
Armocity Kitchen Bakers Rack with Hutch
Best for: Durability
This is a sturdy coffee station made primarily from metal. With this product, you’ll have 2 wooden shelves, a metal top shelf, and tons of racking room for cups, towels, and other things. You can choose between 2 colors: gray and rustic.
- Material: Wood and metal
- Price Range: $105-$125
- Warranty: 2-year customer service support
- Best Feature: Strong construction with wood and metal
Make sure to thoroughly dry this coffee station once you’ve washed it with warm soapy water and given it a rinse. By using paper towels or a cloth towel to dry the metal surface, you won’t have to contend with rust.
- Sturdy construction
- Lots of racking room
- Four spacious shelves
- Some people may not like the look of so much metal
Bush Furniture Accent Storage Cabinet with Doors
Best for: Design
This is a gorgeous coffee station that takes the cake in terms of design. You’ll be able to choose between Cape Cod gray, antique white, and vintage black. This product features a spacious workspace, two exposed shelves at the bottom, and four bottom shelves covered with doors. For storing all your coffee goods, this model has all the room you need.
- Material: Engineered wood
- Price Range: $180-$200
- Warranty: 1-year warranty
- Best Feature: Ornamental appearance
Be very careful when washing your coffee station not to scrub too hard, or else you could eventually scratch the paint. Instead, use microfiber cloths to gently keep this coffee station in top condition.
- Beautiful design
- Lots of room
- No racking for cups, towels, and other things
Tips for Stylizing and Organizing Your Coffee Station
Looking for inspiration on how to style your coffee station? We’ll go over three visually stunning ideas below.
Gilmans Kitchens and Baths have given this coffee station a beautiful and simple contemporary style. Dark brown wood with stainless steel effortlessly gives this coffee station modern appeal. The dark mugs on display and silver accessories, such as cream and sugar containers, give this look its charm while staying within the overall color scheme.
Home on the Farm
This gorgeous farm life-inspired coffee station uses bright white as a base neutral while incorporating brown and black. With this look by K and Q Interiors, you can see how brown is used with white to create a warm, homey feel.
Minimalism with Color
Rebel Builders made minimalism beautiful by incorporating color. All the space around the coffee station is green, while the station itself is made of neutral colors. This look shows you how a single shelf with a smaller shelf mounted above it can make for a useful, compact, and stylish coffee station.
Answer: If you don’t want to buy your own coffee station, you can make one in your home with space you’ve already got. All you need is a shelf with enough room above it to mount cup racks or another smaller shelf for extra storage space.
Answer: Each coffee station should come with its own set of directions for assembly. If you want to skip the hassle, many companies that sell coffee stations will offer the option to have the product assembled for you in your home.
As for general styling tips:
• Choose somewhere in the kitchen where your coffee station won’t feel cramped next to other furniture
• Choose somewhere next to an outlet so you can plug in the devices you need to make coffee
Answer: Here are a few basic features every coffee station should include:
• Work surface
Your coffee station should give you enough room with shelves and racks to store everything you need to make your morning cup. There should be enough room on the work surface to prepare your cup of coffee just the way you like.
The Final Sip
Do you feel awake and refreshed after learning all about coffee stations? We’ve discussed what makes for a great coffee station and given you our top six picks so you can get your caffeine fix each morning in style.
In my opinion, the Bush Furniture Accent Storage Cabinet with Doors is the best choice due to its amazing design and vintage look, which I love. If you enjoyed our coffee station ideas and picks, please let us know in the comments below! For even more coffee tips and picks, check out our guide to finding the best coffee maker!