9 IKEA Cabinets That Are Perfect To Turn Into A Coffee Bar

There is such a luxury in the idea of rolling out of bed and walking up to a beautiful coffee bar to start your day with a warm, well-crafted cup of joe. In fact, based on their predictions from the most popular searches, Pinterest states that homeowners will ditch home bars in 2024 and instead opt to set up cozy coffee bar stations to get that elevated coffee shop vibe right at home. Creating your idyllic home coffee station doesn't have to mean extensive renovations — follow the lead of some clever homeowners and use IKEA's vast variety of storage cabinets and customized modular systems to design the coffee bar of your dreams. Regardless of your level of DIY, these nine IKEA cabinets are perfect for turning into a home coffee bar, ranging from ready-to-brew options right out of the box and more extensive hacks for those willing to go the extra mile for their coffee habit.

IKEA is known for its endless storage furniture options, and because many are designed to be affordable yet easily customized to each customer's needs, IKEA "hacks" (to transform a piece into something new) are everywhere. DIYers throughout the globe use IKEA storage pieces as building blocks to create customized projects with gorgeous results. But even if the extent of your handiness is opening the box, following the instructions, and assembling a cabinet, IKEA has the perfect thing for you to use as the base for your home coffee beverage station.


YouTuber Champagne Chaos shares how perfectly suited the fan-favorite IKEA HAVSTA cabinet is to create an impressive DIY coffee station. Using multiple cabinets configured into a whole wall of storage, she creates a custom, built-in look for a fraction of the cost of installing a wall of traditional kitchen cabinets. She splurges on a quartz remnant countertop and adds pole wrap stained a dark walnut behind the coffee bar to finish the look. While this DIY is quite involved, the HAVSTA base cabinet alone would work great as a small space coffee bar with a similar look.


During her budget kitchen remodel, Instagram user @mygrandparentschair showed how she transformed a six-drawer IKEA TARVA dresser into a simple built-in coffee bar. By simply closing up the bottom of the dresser to create a baseboard, painting the pine dresser a lovely green, adding an inexpensive countertop, and installing new hardware, she created a result that looks custom and fits the style of her existing kitchen. Perfect for your morning cup of joe, this $250 solid wood dresser can also be stained to get just the right aesthetic for your home.


DIY beginners will appreciate the simplicity of using IKEA's solid wood IVAR cabinets to create a clean, modern sideboard perfect for housing your whole coffee setup. Instagrammer @freesiapark simply painted her IVAR cabinets a soothing beige and then lined up three along her kitchen wall to function as her coffee station, happy hour bar, and additional kitchen storage in what appears to be one long sideboard. For someone with more limited space, this tutorial to turn one basic IKEA IVAR cabinet into a stunning floating coffee station is perfect.


If DIY is not your strong suit, opt for a finished IKEA piece that only requires assembly in order to get your morning caffeine kick. The HAUGA sideboard makes the perfect spacious coffee station with no modifications required. It has two doors, three drawers, and its own wood backsplash, so your coffee pods have nowhere to roll! While the sideboard version of the cabinet is around 55 inches wide and only available in gray, other versions of this cabinet (including a small and a tall option) would fit a tighter space and also come in white.


Extremely popular among coffee aficionados with extensive home setups, the black metal IKEA BROR cabinet gives an industrial chic look to the space. With open shelving perfect for showing off all of your serious equipment, these utilitarian metal shelves give off a commercial coffee shop vibe that elevates the average home coffee brewing station into an art form. The pine top is stainable to match your kitchen aesthetic, and there are versions of this cabinet with wheels to become a mobile coffee cart or with closed cabinet storage if you prefer to hide the clutter.


One of the best-known IKEA storage systems is the BESTA, a modular storage option that can be customized to be perfectly configured to fit your space. YouTuber Reynard Lowell demonstrates how he used almost 18 feet worth of oak veneer BESTA cabinets to create a storage wall in his living room, which incorporated a coffee bar. When space is at a premium and doesn't allow for a standalone coffee station, using the BESTA series to create a multi-functional custom storage wall perfectly tailored to your room is a smart way to take advantage of every inch.


A favorite of IKEA hackers worldwide, the four-cube KALLAX shelf unit is less than $45 and a blank slate for any purpose a DIYer can dream up. TikTok showcased how to transform the budget IKEA KALLAX into a chic coffee bar with some DIY hacks, including adding a wood top, drawer inserts, a small shelf divider, and new feet. Once the coffee station was properly styled with cute accessories on the open shelves, this inexpensive KALLAX unit became an adorable freestanding small space coffee bar perfect for your morning caffeine cravings.


The IKEA KNOXHULT kitchen series is made up of simple prefab modular units that come with everything but the hardware, so it is a natural fit to function as a fantastic coffee station with all of the advantages of a low-maintenance kitchen. The KNOXHULT cabinet, protected with a laminate countertop and a tough melamine coating on the cabinet doors, will withstand coffee prep and spills with ease. YouTuber Simple Minima Lifestyle shows how he lined up two KNOXHULT units in an underutilized living room space to give his coffee setup a walk-up coffee house vibe.


Finally, what better way is there to create a coffee bar than with IKEA's most popular line of kitchen cabinets, SEKTION? By utilizing the many frame sizes, door styles, and interior organizers, this system has endless customization options for creating your perfectly personalized coffee station. Instagrammer @lifeofsy shows used two base cabinet frames with doors and a countertop floating between to create a coffee bar you can actually sit at while also boasting a ton of closed storage. A similar look could be made with shallower wall cabinet frames if depth was limited.