Five Ways to Create an Amazing Home Bar
Home bars are a great addition for anyone who loves to host or experiment with new drink recipes. From small and flexible to big and built-in, if you’re wondering where to start or what’s possible, we’ve compiled five ideas to help get you started, no matter your budget or space.
May 25, 2023
Home bars are a fun addition to your space, no matter what your drinking preferences are. They’re the perfect place to entertain as a gathering spot where conversations – and beverages – easily flow.
And if you’re thinking of a big, built-in space or room, think again. The options for including a designated bar in your home are abundant! We’re here to help steer you in the right direction so your next soirée goes off without a hitch.
Make your home bar a reality on any budget and in any space.
Home bars can be accomplished with all budgets, big and small! They don’t need to be built from scratch, and fixtures like sinks, beer taps, state-of-the-art wine displays, or outlets aren’t required to achieve a basic bar. And if you want to go all out, that’s always an option, too!
A Free-Standing Bar
Free-standing bars are a great option for a home bar. They’re flexible, customizable, and come in all sizes to fit all spaces. Think bar carts, rolling islands, or credenzas. And we aren’t above setting aside a designated shelf on a bookshelf, either!
Freestanding bars are typically smaller in size and can be hidden, stashed, repurposed, or moved around as fits your lifestyle. Let the bar come to you: sometimes front and center and sometimes off in a corner, they’re flexible and easy to customize. If you’re working with limited space, a free-standing bar is an excellent option.
Repurpose Your Built-Ins
Home bars don’t have to be their own, stand-alone feature. Consider adding a home bar to an existing feature of your home. If you have built-ins, consider using them! A buffet, bank of cabinets, countertop (you get the idea) can be the starting point for an awesome home bar space.
Incorporating a bar in this way helps to integrate it into the existing look and feel of your space. And standing alongside books, artwork, and other treasures adds intimacy to the space. The best part is, these are often in the entertainment areas of your home, anyway, like the dining room or living room. Out in the open or tucked inside a cabinet, there a many ways to create a custom bar space as part of an existing feature in your home.
Find ways to define the space.
As mentioned, you don’t need anything custom or fancy to make a great home bar. Once you’ve decided on a space that works for you, a few simple accessories and essential pieces declare its purpose.
Home Bar Décor Essentials
What’s a home bar without some decorations? Whether you want to keep it simple or live that maximalist life, find ways to spruce up your home bar space with things that make it shine.
Home bar décor essentials might include an ice bucket and scoop, decanters, and cocktail glasses. Perhaps you might include a few bottles of your favorite beverages, shakers, and stirrers. You get the idea! Don’t be afraid to put functional items out on display to give your bar space an identity.
Wine & Beer Fridges
What if you have a really small space without a lot of room for customization. Enter the wine fridge. When it comes to wine and beer coolers, there are a bunch of options available on the market. All you need is a small space or nook located in a common area, or one that’s easily accessible to you and your guests.
Because wine and beer coolers serve more as storage than a functional bar, you might find room for them within an existing footprint or in a small underutilized area.
More of a wine person? An eye-catching wine bottle storage solution may be just the option for you. These displays are not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing. (This clean and modern wine storage system is from STACT.)
Large or small, bottle displays can be customized to fit your space. They’re a fun and simple DIY project, or you can search the market for pre-built and modular options within your budget.
What if I’m going all out?
If you have the resources to build a full bar, we say go for it! You’ll need the desire to have a space dedicated to entertaining and all the fun that comes along with it. With plans to include a sink, power outlets, refrigerator, and more, we recommend consulting an architect or interior designer to ensure you’re good to go.
There are a lot of ways to go whole hog, from a basement lounge, to a private room, to a kitchen or living room addition. Whatever works for your lifestyle, make sure you’re planning for ample storage space, areas for display, and ice – you can never have too much ice!
We hope we’ve helped you get some creative juices – or beverages – flowing! Home bars are all about fun, and the process of finding a home bar that works for you should also be about enjoying yourself. You don’t need a large budget or excess space to make your home bar dreams come true — just some creativity and help from your friends at Board & Vellum.