When remodelling your home, it’s recommended to focus your efforts on hubs of social activity. Areas such as the family room, kitchen and basement offer the most for your money, often adding additional appeal to buyers. Integrating a home bar design is one way to give any social area an instant upgrade. Serve your own craft cocktails and invite guests to pull up a seat. Take your entertaining capabilities to the next level with these home bar ideas.
1. The built-in basement bar
The basement offers a natural location for entertaining. Consider building a customised bar in line with your stair treads, using a similar finish to allow it to blend in. Pay homage to the traditional use of the basement as a storage space by utilising open shelving in your basement bar. This is not only functional, but allows you to put colourful glass bottles and stemware on display. Basement bars lend themselves to rustic decor, so consider building your home bar against the backdrop of a red brick accent wall and exposed beams. Alternately, wood plank panelling and natural stonework create the ambience of a cosy ski lodge.
2. Outdoor designs
There’s nothing like outdoor entertaining in the summer months, making the garden a perfect fit for your home bar design. Convert a disused garden shed into a kitschy tiki bar, complete with vintage bamboo furnishings, strings of seashells and casually draped fishing nets. Use portable bar design ideas for barbecues. Fashion your mini bar out of a wooden barrel, or repurpose an antique chest of drawers for a shabby chic finish.
3. Bars for small spaces
Fit a custom wet bar into the corner of your dining room with made-to-order cabinetry and LED lighting. Additional home bar ideas for small spaces are based on the concept of an old-fashioned drinks trolley. Build a curved bar on wheels that can be moved from room to room, or purchase a retro drinks cabinet. Style your portable bar with quirky glassware or candles for an interesting feature when not in use.
4. The rustic wine bar
Wine aficionados can use home bar ideas that double as a storage room and wine tasting area. Place your countertop near a glass-enclosed storage area, or position a smaller wine storage cabinet as the central viewpoint of the seating area. Pendant lighting, reclaimed wood and cork features create the rustic atmosphere of a country vineyard at home.
Cocktail recipe: Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
Put those bar design ideas to good use. A classic summery mocktail to cool you down, this vibrantly-hued strawberry daiquiri is also packed with vitamin C. (Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food)
- 500g hulled strawberries
- 200g crushed ice
- 100ml pineapple juice or water
- Juice from ½ lime
Step 1: Blend your strawberries then sieve the puree to remove large seeds.
Step 2: Return the strawberry puree to your blender, adding the ice, pineapple and lime juice.
Step 3: Blend all ingredients together until slushy, before pouring into two chilled martini glasses.
Step 4: Garnish with a slice of lime or strawberry, and serve.
As part of a basement remodel, the addition of a wet bar can add value to your home with a 70% payback. Get creative with your home bar ideas to create a sleek, personalised space for entertaining.