It can be a lot of fun to entertain friends in your home with the help of your very own home bar. It does not have to cost “an arm and a leg” to install a simple home bar that allows you to entertain friends in style and make the most use out of your space. A home bar allows you to keep the entertainment confined to a particular area of the home without needing to run back and forth to the kitchen for water or ice and so on. The tips that follow will help you to find the right spot for your home bar and to make the area as visually pleasing as possible.
Choosing a Location for Your Home Bar
The most important consideration for your home bar is its location. The best location for your home bar area is the spot where you frequently entertain, or wish to start entertaining. Perhaps this is a location in the home where there is the most space for guests, like in a finished basement. A recreational room or billiard room is also a nice spot for the home bar, since this allows you to entertain your friends with a game of billiards, cards, or poker while having a bar area close at hand to keep the party going. In spaces like these, the home bar can really transform the entire area into an ultimate hang-out spot. Just keep in mind that your bar will have some plumbing requirements and need a power source for things like a mini-fridge, blender, lights, and so on. The available plumbing or lack of plumbing is often a limitation as to where the home bar can be located. You can choose to have a contractor build a home bar area for you, or you can do it yourself. You can also purchase a pre-fabricated bar that can be installed fairly easily with minimal construction skills. Another option is a rolling bar that you can move from place-to-place within the home.
Stocking the Bar and Decorating the Home bar Area
Once the bar is installed, it is time to stock it with your favorite spirits, wines, beers, and liquors. You will also need an assortment of serving glasses, shakers, stirrers, and more. The immediate area around the home bar can be decorated in the same fashion as the surrounding space. For example, if your home bar area is located in a spot within the home where contemporary artwork and modern furniture is used, then you might go for modern metal wall clocks on the walls around the bar. These contemporary timepieces will tie in with your modern theme while adding a functional aspect to the bar that allows guests to keep an eye on the time. You can also go for a themed bar area. For instance, you might elect to add a fun vineyard theme to your home bar. This can easily be achieved with wine wall hangings, a wrought iron wall wine rack, and other vineyard themed decor.
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