Having a home bar is a great way to entertain friends and family. Not only are they aesthetically appealing and add to your home’s interior design (if done properly), but they provide a great place to sit down and share a drink over conversation. If you absolutely love hosting parties and get-togethers and consider yourself a master bartender, then adding a home bar to your home should be the next thing on your to-do list!
It doesn’t need to be expensive, either.
- Decide Where it Will Go. You must first choose the location of your home bar. Kitchens, basements, and dining rooms are all popular options. If you have great weather, maybe you put it outside. What do you want your bar to have? A refrigerator or sink? Keep these things in mind because you will need to have electricity set up to power any appliances.
- Make sure you have a place for drinkware. Built in cabinets can be pricey, but look amazing. You can also have open shelving or use drawers and cabinets.
- Purchase a Freestanding Bar. This is the most cost effective option rather than building on to your home. These are typically found on online retailers, and can be relatively easy to install.
- Use Faux Wall Panels. If you do choose to build the bar in, or create a bar out of something already available in your home (perhaps extra countertop space in your kitchen), use faux wall paneling to make it more affordable. Add faux brick, faux wood, or faux stone to your home bar to give it a unique, beautiful look without breaking the bank. The panels are easy to install and can be done by yourself in a single afternoon.
- Add an Island. Another option is to add an island to your home bar area. This will provide a place for stools so your guests have more room to gather around and sit.
- Having appliances are a great touch to a home bar. Having a refrigerator and freezer allows you to have ice available for drinks and keep necessary items cold. A wine cooler will keep your wine at the proper temperature (even reds!) and look nice as well.
- Add a Sink. Make your home bar a wet bar by adding a sink. This will keep you from having to carry your drink ware back and forth from the kitchen in order to clean it.