A home bar is one of the most exciting interior projects. It’s intended for relaxation, entertainment, and enjoyment. It also gives you a place to keep your favorite spirits, wines, and mixers.
There’s a home bar setup for any interior. It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged bar; you can even repurpose old furniture items. Whether you live in a single room or a mansion, we’ll show you how to incorporate this luxury. So pour yourself your favorite drink, get comfy, and read on to find the best home bar ideas.
Back bar ideas
The back bar is the bar behind the front bar, naturally. If you have a lot of room, you’ll likely include a back bar against the wall. It should match your front bar, and it should be attractive, as it’s one of the more visible parts of the bar. It’s an excellent place to show off what you have available.
Storage is of the utmost importance when designing your back bar. Include shelves above the back bar to make it easy to reach what you need. If you want to make it feel even more like a real, commercial bar, you could also install a wall-mounted liquor dispenser above the back bar. If you have a limited liquor collection, a few cool floating shelves are a chic way to display your wares. Consider a single shelf above the back bar if you’re a minimalist, or mount a small cabinet.
If you would rather keep your bottles out of sight, there are other ways to decorate the back wall. Add character by hanging a vintage mirror or a framed map. Choose something personal and use the back wall to bring your touch to the space.
If you’re not ready to commit to a full bar, a wall bar is a great option. It’s also suitable if you’re on a budget (more on that later).
Choose a part of a wall that doesn’t have too much traffic passing it – the last thing you want is broken bottles! All you need is storage. Either mount a cabinet or a few well-placed shelves. A rack for glasses is an elegant solution that saves space. If you have the room, consider attaching a wider shelf to the wall to serve as the bar surface. And if you don’t have room, how about a fold-out bar?
Minibar designs for living room
The living room is a fantastic choice for a minibar, as it’s somewhere comfortable and cozy. You just need a designated piece of furniture to serve as the bar.
One option is to invest in a cabinet that doubles up as a bar. Store all of your favorites inside and use the surface on top to mix your drinks. It also blends in with the surrounding room – great if you want to keep your liquor collection hidden apart from on special occasions!
If you want to make a feature of your minibar, consider a bar cart. It looks super classy and gives you space for bottles, glasses, ice, and any cocktail-making equipment you require. Added advantage – it’s moveable!
Rustic home bar
The best bars are the ones that make you feel cozy both inside and out. So bring this into your own home! If you’re after an English country pub feel, dark wooden furniture and a wood-slab counter work well. Your bar stools should be wooden with a comfortable top. Install a beer pump for an authentic experience, and don’t forget the pint glasses! For decoration, you could include a blackboard and write today’s options on it, or hang a dartboard for an extra activity.
Another rustic theme is a wooden cabin. Include as much natural material as you can: wood and stone will keep you at one with nature. Again, comfortable stools or chairs are essential.
Rustic lighting is low-level and cozy – hang some old-fashioned lamps that give off a warm light.
Ideas on a budget
A home bar doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. Perhaps you don’t have the money or space for a large bar – that’s OK. Here are some ideas for if you’re strapped for cash or living in a small room. Hint: all you need is a cabinet!
Do you own any old items that could receive a new life? Repurpose an old piece of furniture - a cabinet, bookcase, or chest of drawers are great options. Ask people you know for any unwanted items, and customize it to fit your home. If you’re handy, you could make your shelving and bar from an old palette for a rustic feel.
Of course, if you want to make a full-on bar experience in your own home, you can still do it cheaply! Look out for recycled materials and check thrift shops for vintage furnishings. Build a chic home bar without breaking the bank.
Remember, when it comes to stocking a home bar on a budget, stick to a few good-quality items – what you like takes priority. Don’t forget to budget for mixers for cocktails!
Corner bar ideas
Another way to save space is to put your home bar in the corner of your kitchen, dining room, or living room. As we always say about small areas, use the verticals! A tall cabinet in a corner can go a long way.
If there’s room in your little nook, consider a corner shelf or table for the bar surface. This way, you have space to sit, too! If you have more budget to spare, consider investing in a home bar corner set – these are available to buy online.
If you’re a wine connoisseur things, you might want to dedicate your home bar to it. Proper storage is crucial - corked bottles should be stored horizontally (you don’t need to do this with screw-top bottles, but it does save space!). So you’ll need a wine rack – depending on the room you have available, you can incorporate it into your furniture, place it on a bar surface or mount it on the wall. You could also source a wine refrigerator to keep your wine at the right temperature and humidity. Include a rack for your glasses and make sure you store your wine out of direct sunlight.
When it comes to décor, you have a few options. If you’re looking for a contemporary feel, include glass shelves and stainless steel surfaces to match your wine chiller. You can create a more rustic effect by going back to the origins of wine: repurpose a barrel as a prep counter or even storage.
Hidden bar ideas
The best treats are surprises! Hide your bar away until it’s time for cocktails. If you want to make your home bar more of a subtle feature, keep it hidden.
There are pieces of furniture made especially as hidden bars: consoles whose top surface flips up to reveal a drink-mixing station. You can even do this cheaply – do you have a cabinet with a door that opens downwards to form a bar surface? If you’re handy, you could customize a chest of drawers to do this with a couple of hinges. Either way, it gives your home bar a feeling of intrigue and excitement, especially if you combine it with speakeasy-themed décor.
Luxury home bars
Want to build a home bar that will make you never want to go out again? A luxury home bar is the way to go. It needs to make you forget that you’re at home, so go wild.
A built-in bar is an absolute must. It’s no small undertaking, so choose materials that you love and that give an ‘expensive’ feel, whether that’s sleek wood or luxurious marble. It should be well-stocked with high-quality beverages – perhaps even in crystal decanters for the ultimate fancy touch!
While mismatch is rustic, luxury is quite the opposite. Make sure your surfaces, your furniture, and the small details match. However, keep it homely. Avoid making it feel like a hotel bar by including personal touches such as mirrors, comfortable seating, and statement artwork.
Don’t forget that all-important final touch: lighting! Consider the atmosphere you want to create – low-hanging lights with a dim output instantly transport you to a cozy pub. If you’re going to give your bar a more sleek and contemporary look, include brighter lights, perhaps LEDs mounted in the ceiling above the bar.
There are also creative ways to use lights: lighting the shelves on your back bar is both functional and beautiful. It illuminates not just your bottle collection, but the room, too! If it’s party time, hang fairy lights from the bar for a fun look.
Whether your home bar takes up a whole room, is just a small cupboard or somewhere in between, there are plenty of ways to create the perfect place for your drinks collection and entertaining. Have you ever built a home bar? Tell us about it below, and share your ideal bar ideas with us on Instagram