A home bar, whether it is a wet bar or a dry bar, is a great space for both entertaining and relaxing. Minimally, your bar should have a place to stow your drink-making materials and create beverages for you or your guests to enjoy. Some home bars have a dated look that could be revamped with simple changes. Here are our six tips for updating the look of your home bar:
Review the design and function of the space. If you feel trapped in the bar space be sure to take a look at what makes the space feel so uncomfortable. It may be that you have a center island that is poorly designed or you don’t have enough counter space. Consider what would make the space more functional and pleasing to the eye.
Consider turning your dry bar into a wet bar. This is a big step and will mean a lot of additional work needs to be done to your bar, but if you are sick of moving your glasses and dishes to the kitchen because your bar lacks a sink, look into adding one.
Take a look at the cabinetry. Your bar can’t be just a counterspace and a fridge. You need a cabinet and a drawer or two to stow the materials you need to make the space functional.
Think about what you like to drink. The changes you make to the style of your bar will depend upon what drinks you like. You may want beer on tap or perhaps you want a miniature wine cellar. These factors will certainly change the kind of space you need.
Decide if you want to store cutting boards, or get countertops that will sustain chopping. There are stone countertops that can take a lot of punishment. Think about all of the bar materials you need. If you don’t want to add a cutting board on top of that, think about getting a granite countertop.
Make sure there is room for everything you need. Not only do you need glasses, bottles, a cocktail shaker, maybe a muddler - you need items like a trash can, a sink, or possibly a dishwasher. Take a look at the bar space and think about what should be there that is making the space less than functional.
Your bar should look great and be completely functional. If you are considering updating your home, think about adding in an updated bar. We would be happy to help you match countertop material so you have a cohesive look throughout your home.