There are loads of sites on the internet which feature simple ways to make your home more exciting and interesting (like ours, for example). From electronic gadgets and gizmos to building DIY functional (and some not so functional) pieces of furniture, you can find hundreds of examples of home improvement projects on the web. However, finding a project which can actually serve a purpose (along with adding intrigue and interest to your home) can be a challenge in itself. That's why we'll be exploring the idea of building a bar in your home, as this is sure to add some form and function to your home, while also giving you a great space for friends and family to gather.
How to Create An At-Home Bar
Building a bar at home starts with some simple design and planning. Where will you build your bar? If space allows, choose a spot where friends and family typically gather. If you have a converted basement, this would be a great place to build a game room -slash - at home bar. When you're designing your bar, make sure you place it near at least one electrical outlet. The size of your bar is totally up to you and your space, but be sure to allow at least 36" between the bar counter and the back wall. To make it easier, try reading some DIY planning guides before you start.
If installing new lighting around your bar is out of your budget, no worries; you can run easy-to-install LED lighting strips around the perimeter of your bar, and under any cabinets or shelving you might be adding. You can also install battery-operated touch lights for function and ambiance.
The next stage of the designing your at home bar will involve choosing the furniture you will be using for this area. Generally, you will want to keep it simple, using a bar counter (about 42" in height) along with a couple of bar stools. If you're unsure of just what you'll want, companies like Sunpan.com can help you choose your furniture pieces. It’s always worth reading some reviews before you decide, too.
At the very least, you should consider adding a bit of cabinetry, shelving and a small refrigerator.
One very important note: No matter where you plan to create your new at-home bar, remember to leave any plumbing or electrical work to the pros.
Lastly, you'll want to stock your bar (and not just with booze, either). Glasses, barware and other bar essentials will add the finishing touches to your at-home bar. Consider the drinks you'll most likely serve, and what mixers and glasses you'll need to go with them. Bringing it all together is the fun part, and so is showing off your new space to family and friends. Check out this infographic from vinepair.com on everything you'll need to stock your new bar:
Shop For Your Home Bar: