For a house that sees a lot of entertaining, a home bar can be one of its most valued features. It’s nice to have that extra spot for serving up beverages so a trip to the kitchen isn’t always needed. A dedicated space, however small, can be much more convenient and even give your guests the chance to self-serve. The variety of home bars is endless. There is an option for every space and budget, whether your needs are small enough to fit in a tray or large enough to need an entire wet bar with storage and seating. From there, you can take so many fun liberties with the style to fit into your home’s design. Here are 10 home bars that demonstrate a range of possibilities, including a couple of DIY tutorials.
1 This outdoor home bar has a ton of pizzazz. The glass tile back splash makes a chic statement that fits the coastal appeal. The space is a perfect addition to backyard barbecues and pool parties.
Photographer: Rick Lew
2 This vintage bookcase was turned into a stylish bar. It offers optimum storage and space for serving.
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese
3 A DIY bar cart on is perfect if you need a home bar on the go. You can move it around the space as it suits you and even put it away at the end of the night. It’s so stylish, though, it could stay out all the time and look great with your decor.
Tutorial: Style Me Pretty Living
4 A table tray is perfect for small, intimate gatherings. It holds all the necessities and can either stay out as an end table or be folded away when not in use.
Tutorial: Honestly Yum
5 A well-stocked bar is hidden behind reclaimed doors when not in use, making it a stylish element both when in use and when not.
Photographer: Dominique Vorillon
6 A closet can be outfitted as an elegant home bar, complete with built-in storage and a small sink.
7 Turn a multi-functional console table into a mini home bar with the addition of a tray. This idea is a stylish idea for decor even when you aren’t entertaining.
8 Chalk board walls are seldom NOT cool. This one above a bar brings lots of charm to the space. Could be a lot of fun for your guests to play with, too.
9 A retro bar cart like this one adds character to the decor and can double as a stylish end table to a sofa.
Designer: Nicole Gibbons
Photographer: Stephanie Stanley
10 If you have the space (such as a basement, loft or game room) a full bar area can be great fun for parties. Some bar stools will let it double as a place to eat. Even the kids will love it for grabbing sodas and lemonade.
Any of these home bars will improve the efficiency of your parties and add some extra style to your home. Which is your favorite?