Adding a bar to your home will not only enhance your home’s ability to host and entertain, but will add elegance and showcase your personal style. Home bars come in many forms, from a customizable built-in small wet bar tucked into a nook, an expansive bar set up in your kitchen or den space, a free-standing cabinet pre-fit for a bar, a regular cabinet, to a beautiful cart; there are plenty of options from which to choose to fit your style and your space. Here’s how to get started.
The first step when adding a bar to your home is to do your homework! Look at your space and begin researching to see which designs you like and where they may work in your home. Decide on a budget and how you want to allocate it: custom design, cabinet, wine fridge, wet bar, glassware, tools/accessories and, of course, the consumables! The list may seem endless.
Built-In: Built-in bars do not require as much space as you may think. They can be the width of a single cabinet, or tucked into a nook; it all depends on your space. If you are looking to install a sleek storage space to serve as your bar, you may be able to get away with doing it yourself. Additional features may require the assistance of a professional. The cost will depend on the details of the project. Incorporating refrigerators, sinks and high end materials will contribute significantly to the cost but the benefit is the piece will be customized for you.
Freestanding Bar: If you have the space, a pre-made unit can be the most seamless way to add a bar to your home. Several options in varying styles and sizes are available to purchase on many online home décor websites, in addition to furniture stores and vintage furniture specialty shops. Consider the size of your space, the style of the bar and whether you would like it to have a water hookup before making the purchase.
Bar Cart: If you live in a smaller space or want a low maintenance elegant bar area, consider incorporating a bar cart. Bar carts have become increasingly popular in the last few years and are available in a wide range of styles, sizes and prices. Carts provide the elegance of a bar, but without the high cost of custom installation, and they take up less space. Simple enough to tuck into a corner of the living room or kitchen, the bar cart is a great way to entertain and enhance your décor. Additionally, bar carts have the convenience of being on wheels! Highlight your style by decorating your bar cart with accessories, tools, bottles and hang artwork above to tie it all together.
Home Bar Basics
When incorporating a bar into your home, there are endless ways to accessorize it. This is where your personal style comes in, but here are a few of the basics you may need to create your bar.
Tools: Ice bag, bar spoon, muddler, jigger, cocktail shaker, strainer, ice cube trays, bottle opener
Glassware: 6-8 glasses of: short glasses, tall glasses, stem glasses
Alcohol: No need to overstock, 6-8 base spirits, a few mixers, and garnishes will be enough to make a surprising number of different cocktails
No matter which method you choose to add a bar, the ability to entertain in your home will be greatly enhanced.