A home bar is an awesome idea for a hangout spot where you can store and display your collection of liquors, wines, whiskies, and so on. It adds an incredible flair of “grown up style to your home, and better yet, there are many options to cover just how big you want to go with this project.
For example: a simple cart with an ice tray is already more than enough for a night with guests! But you can also go for a permanent bar perfectly designed on a corner of your home.
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman
1. Corner bar
Even a small corner can become a stellar home bar with a small kitchen setup and island – but the kitchen setup is optional. You can instead settle for a simple cabinet to store all your beverages, which skips having to concern yourself with plumbing requirements for the sink.
Add the hanging lights to make the spot even more special and you’re done!
2. Liquor cabinet
Want something more economic and subtle? Try this:
A liquor cabinet that can be installed virtually anywhere! The cabinet itself can be bought premade, but it’s perfectly suited for a weekend DIY project, since the materials and tools required are pretty basic.
3. Desk and tray
This is proof you can have a beautiful home bar without going through large scale additions and purchases.
All you need for a setup like this is a simple table and a tray for your bottles. A lamp is useful for an extra touch of comfort, and a mirror on the wall helps make the little corner less claustrophobic!
4. Suitcase bar
The style is strong on this one!
Find yourself an old suitcase – used or not – and use it as a tiny bar for your home. It’s super easy to set up and the vintage look is just too good to ignore.
5. Cart with plants
It took long enough to mention a cart, didn’t it?
Well, carts like this are very common for home bars for a reason – fairly cheap, easy to set up, and super convenient to move around when necessary, giving it some much needed flexibility. And since carts come in many colors, materials and designs, you’re sure to find one that pleases you!
Decorating with plants is a nice touch, helping to create some contrast with the cold metal for a more balanced natural vibe.
6. Closet bar
That small closet space in the corner is the perfect space for your home bar. It can be closed to hide it when necessary – which also helps in keeping dust away and preventing glass related accidents.
Even other closet spaces can be adapted to fit your home bar – perhaps even a vintage closet you have to spare, or one you find on used sales.
7. Backyard bar
There’s a lot going on this one, but let’s keep it down to the basics: this kind of wood work is perfectly viable DIY. Both the shelf and tiny island are straightforward enough that anyone experienced with wood crafts shouldn’t have any problem replicating it.
But to make things a bit easier, perhaps you already have a decent shelf for your home bar – then all you need is the island. If you cannot do it yourself, consider hiring someone to create it for you!
8. Fancy cart
Glass and metal makes for an incredibly fancy cart. Display your collection of fancy glasses along with it and you’re set for an expensive looking final product – even though this won’t cost you that much at all.
Reflective surfaces in general tend to look fancier, so take advantage of that!
9. Mirror background
We’ve talked about a corner home bar, but by designing it on a small corner, you run the risk of it appearing dark and hidden. An easy solution – that doubles as extra glamour for your home overall – is a background mirror for the bar.
This makes it so the area brightens up and doesn’t feel as cramped – while also making it look like there are double the bottles and glasses on display, which is a nice effect!
10. Small island
Finally, although we’ve discussed mostly options that are more cost-effective for tighter budgets, nothing stops you from going all out and installing a custom island for your home bar.
This will require some planning and development, but the final result speaks for itself:
A beautiful and unique area to have a drink with friends!
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