Everyone has their favorite spot to enjoy a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey. For some people, that spot is right in the comfort of their own home bar. In-home bars can act as a central hub for entertainment, and can easily bring with them the fun atmosphere of a tavern or cocktail lounge. If you love concocting new drinks for friends and entertaining in your home, then creating a home bar should be next on your to do list. You can create a home bar almost anywhere in your home with a bit of creativity and by following your own personal style. The following are a few suggestions to help you plan for your new bar…
Where to Put Your Home Bar
Common places are the kitchen and dining room, although the living room and basement are also popular. Also will you want a wet bar with appliances such as a refrigerator or a wine cooler. Just remember you can create your bar as extravagant or as simple and you want and put it almost anywhere in your home with a bit of creativity.
Built–in cabinets are the most expensive option, but they are also most stately and have a custom look. If the build – in is too big or too expensive try using a buffet table, a cabinet or even a bookshelf, feature fun pieces of furniture.
Add an Island
A kitchen island can be designed in any style, to either blend with your existing kitchen or contrast with the space. Traditional, contemporary, or country, whatever your style, an island can be designed to suit it. Give more counter space to shake and stir with a built-in island. Islands can be twofold they can provide space for preparing and serving drinks or hord’oeuvres at a party as well as space for preparing dinner or even for the children to do homework while you cook. Add barstools for guest to sit at the bar and socialize. Upgrade to a wet bar by adding a small sink, which will help you clean glasses quickly.
Use a Freestanding Bar
Things to consider when buying a freestanding bar include the size of your space, the style of the bar and whether you would like it to have a water hookup. Freestanding bars are available in a host of styles and sleek wood finishes. Bars for entertaining are more stylish than ever. Do you need a moveable rolling option? With a vintage-inspired bar cart, you can easily transport your bar around the room.
Think About Appliances
Refrigerators and a wine coolers are perfect additions to your bar and come in a wide variety of sizes, styles and prices. When you are having guest you will need ice and a place to keep your beverages cold. When you are planning for the appliances also think about the electric outlets you will need.
Upgrade Your Drinkware
Too many bar owners take drinkware for granted — a mistake that impacts the guest experience and, in some cases, the way a drink tastes. That’s why it’s important to choose the right glasses for your bar. Once you set up your bar, complement it with great serve ware, such as shaker, cocktail napkins and a variety of glasses for all types of beverages.
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