Unexpected Ideas for Creating a Home Bar

     Many people have the problem of where to set up a bar in their home.  Space is a usually an issue as most people don’t have a dedicated room to put a traditional built bar, which tend to be on the larger side. With the rise of mixology as a hobby, many of use are looking for ways to incorporate these elements into our décor. Here are a few suggestions that may help you find a spot fore your drinking endeavors in an unexpected way.

1.     Use a tall secretary. The shelving on top and below in addition to drawer space make a great place to store spirits, glasses and accessories. This is actually what we use in our home and it works great for keeping our bar separate from the rest of our kitchen

2.     Turn an old piano into a bar. I saw this once at the Paris flea market and have been dying to try it out for myself. The one that I saw had all the keys and insides gutted and then cased out for storage. I think it would be a great piece for a boozy music lover!

3.     Open Shelves. This would be a great inexpensive option especially if you had some nice vintage glassware to show off. The only downside to this option is the dusting.

4.     Carts. I love the bar cart idea as it reminds me of something you’d find on an episode of Mad Men.  I also love all the style options you have; Early American, Mid-Century, Industrial, Rustic, etc….. Again, though, the dusting would be a drawback.

5.     Credenza.  Why not use a credenza or sideboard you already have to setup your own home bar area? It not only allows for great, closed storage, but also a serving area.

6.     An Old Door.  An old door, which can easily be found at the Habitat For Humanity Restores, can be easily fashioned into a bar.  Add several small shelves, hooks, some wine rack boxes at the bottom for stabilization or even some stock kitchen cabinets at the bottom for closed storage & stabilization.

7.     Old Chest of Drawers. These can be picked up pretty cheap second-hand, and one can really have fun adding unique color finishes to them.  The various sizes out there really give us a lot options when it comes to finding a particular piece for specific spaces (thinking odd corners and such).

8.     Industrial Storage Cabinets.  These can be picked up at second-hand office supply places or Craigslist.  I love their industrial look and they are great for man caves and she-sheds alike. Again the closed nature of these pieces and their indestructibility make it great for storing all those bottles and glassware.

9.     Old Changing Tables. Wow, I see these things everywhere at thrift stores. Do a good wipe down, a fresh coat of paint, and maybe even add some casters. What once stored baby wipes and diapers can now house your alcohol. Very efficient and a great way to reduce, recycle and reuse!

10. Trays. Take a small space on your kitchen countertop and add a pretty tray to put all the bottles and glassware in. Great for those that don’t have a large amount to store or for those that only drink one type of alcohol.

Just a few ideas to get your creativity flowing this morning! Don't be afraid to think outside the box to create a meaningful and unique solutions to your design problems! Happy Designing!