Many people enjoy entertaining, and a lot of them would love to have designated bar area in their home. The only problem is space. When you have a small home, condo or apartment, the space for such a thing is either limited or non-existent.
You don’t need a large, elaborate designated bar area to adequately entertain friends and family. In fact, you can have a bar area with hardly any space. Here are some creative ideas on how to utilize the limited space you have for a bar at home:
Under the Stairs
If you have a two-story home with a large space under the stairs, instead of using it for storage, why not put in a bar? In the area where it’s tall enough to stand up in, you can insert a small counter and cabinets above and below. You can also squeeze in a small refrigerator and wine cooler under the counter as well. You can also install lighting to make it easier for you to better see the drinks you’re mixing. Finally, insert a customized door or pocket door to cover the area when you’re not using it, matching it to the rest of the stairs so it magically disappears.
In a Spare Closet
Do you have a small closet in the hallway of your home that rarely gets used? Similar to building a small bar under the stairs, you can work with a contractor and architect to get a small-yet-useful bar that can fit into even small closets.
If you have children, you can have overhead cabinets or wine glass holders installed over the bar area and stock the mini-fridge with bottled water and juice boxes in addition to adult beverages.
In a Small Hallway Alcove
For a home that has a small alcove off the hallway or off the kitchen, living room, dining room or foyer area, a small bar can be built in. Just as in spare closet spaces, bars in alcoves can be hidden by pocket doors and concealed when not in use.
As a Part of the Kitchen
If you have a large kitchen with a corner of unused space, that could be the perfect place for your bar. It is already close to the kitchen sink and there will already be plenty of counter and cabinet space.
Inside a Massive Cabinet
Did you inherit a large china cabinet from your grandma or get one for a great deal at a garage sale? These large pieces of furniture make for great bar storage areas. This is where you can store your bottles of wine and various liquor as well as provide a safe place for your glasses.
In the Wall
There are many clever ways to disguise a bar including hiding it in a disguised cabinet on a wall. If you’re very limited on counter space, storing your bottles of wine, beer and liquor as well as other bar essentials inside a cabinet on the wall can be the ultimate space-saver.
If you dread something like an ugly medicine cabinet on your living room wall, you can shop around or work with a designer to custom make a cabinet that will resemble more of a piece of art than a cabinet.
If you absolutely have no space to spare in your home, you can make your bar mobile by placing it on carts. You can simply adorn the carts with your favorite wine, beer or liquor to create personality. The carts can rest against a wall in the dining room or dining room area. When you need more space, simply roll the carts out of the way.
You don’t need a whole lot of space to entertain friends or family with a bar. In fact, you can have a bar without any spare room. You just have to be creative.