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Open concept farmhouse kitchen design with a large island and white barstools, and a cozy breakfast nook by the windows.
Creating a Cozy and Practical Coffee Nook
April 24, 2020

Your first cup of coffee in the morning is one of life’s little pleasures. Why not make your mornings that much cozier with a coffee nook?

With just a few small changes, you can turn that average mug of coffee into the perfect transition from bed to your day ahead.

Take a look at how you can create a designated coffee corner in your home in just a few steps.

Laminate Countertops are a great option for renovating your kitchen while under a budget.
Laminate Countertops are a great option for renovating your kitchen while under a budget.

Dedicate a Space

Dedicate a Space

First, you need to find a space. This is easier said than done. Your nook should be a place that won’t get cluttered with mail, used as storage, or repurposed for meal prep. It should be dedicated to coffee and coffee alone (that’s the whole point!).

Here are some popular coffee nook spots:

  • The Kitchen: If you have some extra countertop, carve out some space for a coffee machine and add some miniature shelves or mug hooks above.
  • The Hidden Spot: Repurpose a cabinet or add an appliance garage to create a nook that’s only there when you need it (great for small kitchens).
  • The Sideboard: Do you have some space right outside your kitchen? Use a sturdy and stainproof sideboard that hugs the wall.
  • The Shelf: Another space saver. Use some waist-level or freestanding shelves to improvise a coffee nook. Freestanding shelves with wheels also make the perfect portable coffee nook.

Any space you choose should be easy to clean and spill-friendly. Keep this in mind, if you choose another area besides the kitchen. Adding a bar sink can make your kitchen or patio nook more convenient and easier to clean. Plus, it adds a sleek and professional look.

Create a coffee bar with a white brick backsplash in your kitchen with an apron stainless steel sink, floating wooden shelves to make room for mugs and saucers.
Create a coffee bar with a white brick backsplash in your kitchen with an apron stainless steel sink, floating wooden shelves to make room for mugs and saucers.

Design Around the Coffee

Design Around the Coffee

You need to design your coffee nook around how you prefer your coffee. For example, if you normally drink filter coffee, you shouldn’t add an espresso machine, no matter how rustic and impressive it looks.

A practical coffee nook is all about making it easier to enjoy your cup. If you cram in a coffee maker, espresso machine, cocktail station, and tea shelves, you’ll only add anxiety.

Your coffee and coffee maker should be instantly accessible with every other element working to enhance this accessibility.

Add coffee essentials on farmhouse wood shelving and incorporate fun decor pieces like faux plants or a jar of coffee beans.
Add coffee essentials on farmhouse wood shelving and incorporate fun decor pieces like faux plants or a jar of coffee beans.

Add All the Fixins

Add All the Fixins

Once you’ve chosen your coffee, it’s time to add everything you need to make a delicious cup.

These are the essentials:

  • Mugs/cups/saucers
  • A bar towel/napkins
  • Creamer
  • Cakes or fruit
  • Spoons

Don’t forget to add some decorations too, such as flowers, wall art, a small lamp or a decorative jar of coffee beans.

Rustic kitchen that has a large breakfast nook, shiplap walls, fresh flowers and industrial design accents.
Rustic kitchen that has a large breakfast nook, shiplap walls, fresh flowers and industrial design accents.

Consider Seating

Consider Seating

Your coffee nook won’t be cozy unless you have a place to enjoy each sip. You could add a stool or window seat nearby if you have the space, but it isn’t crucial. Your preferred seat might be a comfy loveseat, a barstool, or at the kitchen table. What’s important is that your coffee nook and seating are nearby and offer the same calming energy.

A coffee nook is the perfect place to ease into the morning or gather your thoughts in the afternoon. It makes each cup of coffee a small meditation and a brief escape. If you’re passionate about coffee, we hope you’ll use these tips to create a cozy coffee nook of your own.