10 Amazing Home Bar Ideas To Give You Inspiration
There are limitless possibilities when it comes to setting up a home bar.
However, everybody’s needs are different and you’ll never find one bar design that will suffice for everyone.
You might not know what kind of bar is perfect for you. For this reason, you are going to need a bit of inspiration.
In this article, I’ll be going over some general tips for when you are buying/building a bar. I’ll also be going over 10 different home bar ideas to give you inspiration.
What you’ll learn from this article:
- Should you build or buy a home bar?
- Choosing bar furniture
- Learning drink recipes
- 10 bar ideas to give you inspiration
- What to do next?
Should you build or buy a home bar?
The first decision you have to make is whether you want to buy or build a home bar.
Neither way is better and both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. We’ll be going over them in this section.
First off, building a home bar is much cheaper.
Since you are only paying for the materials and not the labor, you’ll be able to create a magnificent looking bar for a fraction of the price of what you’d pay at a store.
Building a home bar also gives you complete control over the design of your bar. There are no assigned rules and you are free to build your bar exactly the way you like.
Buying a home bar could be your path of least resistance.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to purchase a marble countertop bar that is made out of expensive wood. A lot of the bars you’ll find on sites like Amazon are surprisingly cheap.
Most of the time, cheap furniture is possible because of composite wood. Composite wood is basically saw dust and wood chips glued together to form a wood-like material. This is what most Ikea furniture is made out of.
You will sometimes find great bars that are made out of solid wood, BUT are still inexpensive. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to purchase a quality home bar.
Buying a home bar online is surprisingly a better way to buy furniture than in-store. I go over all of this in my free Home Bar Buyer’s Guide. To receive a copy of it, scroll down to my email list signup down below.
Learning drink recipes
After you built/bought your bar, acquired furniture, and stocked your bar with your spirits of choice, its time to mix some drinks!
Unless you plan to use your bar only for wine or beer, you probably want to know how to mix some killer cocktails.
I wrote a wonderful beginner’s guide on mixing drinks. You can check it out here.
If you’re looking for some amazing sites to learn how to mix drinks, checkout:
- 12 Bottle Bar (my favorite!)
- All Recipes (great cocktail recipes)
- Liquor.com (wide variety of recipes)
- DrinksMixer.com (over 20,000 recipes!)
Choosing bar furniture
After you have your bar, you’re still going to need furniture.
The most important furniture you could have at a bar is stools. You have to make the decision if you want stools with back support or without without it.
Bar stool height is something a lot of home bar owners get worried about.
- You don’t want a chair too tall.
- You don’t want to chair too short.
- You want a chair that’s just right. :)
On a general note, your stool height (from the floor, to the top of the seat) should generally be 10-15 inches shorter than the height of your bar (from the floor, to the top of your bar countertop).
The first bar we’ll be talking about is a beautiful wet bar with a contemporary design. You’ll notice an interesting choice was made when designing this bar. Instead of a flat countertop, they decided to have an elevated level for guests to put their drinks. This opens up an entire work area for the bartender to mix drinks.
Have an empty space under your stairs? Why not transform that space into a home bar. This bar took advantage of the wall behind it to create float shelves for glasses.
Giving your bar a theme is always a great option. This bar was made with a firetruck theme. It might take a lot of work, but after you’re done, the bar looks phenomenal!
This is a bar was created by an artist in East Hampton, New York. At the beginning, this bar was just a normal, old closet. Now it’s an artistic focal point that adds style to any room.
The next bar on this list is a vintage, white-themed bar complete with plenty of shelf space for booze as long as a beautiful wood countertop. This bar just goes to show how little details can make a big difference when designing your bar. I love how the mounted antlers completely filled up the empty white space above the bar.
If you’re looking to build a nice looking outdoor bar, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. The next bar on this list was made out of ordinary parts that you can find at your local hardware store. The roof of this bar was made out of a steel roofing material. You can alternatively use thatching if you rather have a tiki bar sort of look.
One of the biggest worry of having an outdoor bar is leaving all of your alcohol and barware exposed to the elements. This bar solves that problem in a very unique way. As you can see, when you are done, there are two large window that are able to swing down. This way your bar will be completely sealed from the elements.
This bar is made out of beautiful dark wood. It was designed with the wine enthusiast in mind and even has a built-in sink. Of course one of the most beautiful parts about this bar is its countertop.
This bar is meant to be put in a corner of a room. Paired with comfortable leather seats and a flatscreen TV, this bar would be a great design choice for anyone building a sports bar.
The last bar on this list is a pool-side bar. In this example, an indoor swimming pool is being used, but an outdoor pool would work just as well.
What to do next?
I hope you gained value from this article!
I had a ton of fun hand-picking some amazing and inspiring bar ideas off the internet. Let me know what you think of the bars I picked in the comment section below!
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