While there are plenty of options available to purchase, concocting your own bar lets you bring out your personal style. You can make a DIY bar from scratch or rely instead on easy upgrades to existing pieces.
Whichever route you choose, the joy of constructing your own minibar is that you can customize it to your needs, whether your goal is to create more storage, display your liquor collection, or just provide a gathering spot for friends.
HANG A BAR OUTSIDE
The living room or a spacious foyer or maybe in your backyard would make the ideal spot for a beverage station, it’s out of the way of the cooking and easy for guests to find as they relax at your home.
CREATE A “BARMOIRE”
No extra closet? Update a large piece of furniture instead. In this example, drinks are served from the “barmoire.” You get it? Set up your home bar with armoire you probably already have in your garage all along. Put it up to a good use.
REPURPOSE YOUR CLOSET
Awkward closet in your entertaining space? Turn it into your cocktail hour nook. Give your closet some stylish details to make it personal and still cool enough to welcome your guests.
MAKE A ROOM ON A CONSOLE TABLE
Similar to the “barmoire” idea, a console or credenza is another double-duty solution. Every island house needs a fantastic, spilling-over bar, and this makeshift bar will be a great addition and super easy to set up.
STAGGER SOME SHELVES
Save valuable floor space by adding a few floating shelves and then stocking them up. Add a console for additional storage if you will, and a small table and couple of chairs are enough to create your private paradise after work.
TAKE OVER A WINDOWSILL
If you’re lucky enough to have deep sills, consider setting up shop by a sunny window could be a good idea. And if you don’t, setting up a table like this picture is cool also. This spot is an ideal place for some air plants and succulents, as well as a mini bar.
MAKE USE OF AN OLD SUITCASE
Grandpa’s luggage has new life with this apartment-friendly idea. Create a mini bar in an old suitcase with its lid propped open, and your drinks collection will have a nice vintage feel. Fancy an Old-Fashioned, anyone?
TRY A TRAY
Confining your bottles, glasses and ice buckets to a simple tray can create the illusion of a tiny but well-ordered bar. Lining them up carefully on an oblong tray looks purposeful and shouts “Get your margarita here!”
GO FOR A TALL UNIT
Take a simple shelving unit and redesign it as a vertical bar. This piece has a strong industrial vibe, with a metal frame and wooden shelves that can happily support the weight of bottles and books for the quaffing connoisseur or cookbooks if the space needs to be multipurpose.
A home bar you made yourself is even better because it’s sure to spark conversations once your guests learn you completed one of these awesome projects yourself. With the right materials and some basic instructions, you can have a home bar that your neighbors wouldn’t be able to buy at the local furniture store.