Tips For Designing a Custom Bar That You Will Love to Show Off…

If you love putting together new drinks and entertaining family and friends, then having a home bar should be on your next to-do list. Nothing screams entertainment quite like having a home bar. Before you begin customizing your home bar you want to figure out exactly where you want it. Keep in mind if you want your home bar to have appliances or filtered water you want to choose an area in your home that has the needed hook ups. Here are some home bar ideas that will modernize your entertainment space…

Choose a Great Location

Your planning process must include a location of your bar as one of the first decisions. A few things to consider before your final decision would be…

  • Is there a bathroom nearby?
  • Is there room for addition seating near the bar?
  • How many people will you want to be seated at the bar?
  • What shape do you have in mind?
  • Is there access to electricity, water and cable lines?

Have Everything You Want In Your Custom Bar…

  • If you are a beer drinker, have a draft beer system
  • Add a oven and a microwave and even a pizza oven for making some delicious snacks
  • An ice machine is a great addition
  • A Dishwasher for easy cleanup
  • A sink for rinsing out glasses
  • If your family and friends are wine drinkers create space for storing your collection

Custom Cabinets Are Necessary For A Custom Bar

You will need lots of storage for your bar. But do not only think of functionality, make your cabinets beautiful. Use lighting under the shelves and under the cabinets. Have glass in your doors to show off your stemware and your spirits collection. A few things you will need to stock your bar and store in your cabinets.

  • Bar accessories
  • Serving dishes
  • Glasses
  • Spirits
  • Wine
  • Mixers
  • Bar Blenders
  • Garnishes

Style And Design Choices Of Your Bar

Since bars are simply a collection of functional cabinets and trim options, the possibilities are endless. The overall look and style of your bar will depend on personal preference and budget, but here are a few style options that you will have to choose.

  • Lighting for a focal point and also interesting lighting over the bar
  • For bar stools, consider about 30 inches for each bar stool to determine how many you will need
  • What style and shape for your bar?
  • Foot rails?
  • Back bar – So many choices but remember the back bar is a large part of the bar’s design. Probably your TV will placed in the space but you can choose wood, stone, tile or even mirrors . This is an area you will want to pop.

Standard Bar Dimensions

Your bar can be as long as you want it, but professional bars are 42-inches tall. The average bar top is between 16 to 20-inches wide, and the average bar overhang is 8-inches. You may want to extend that overhand by a couple of inches to make it easier for people to sit at your bar without banging their knees against the bar wall. Foot rails on your bar should be approximately nine inches from the floor. Remember to include a serving counter at the back bar it is approximately 12-inches lower than the bar top. You should also include a drink lip on the serving side of the bar to make sure that your area behind the bar does not get soaked with spilled drinks.

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