Create a home bar worthy of your favourite cocktail bar with these refreshing home bar ideas

Though the large and leather clad wet bars of our parents’ basements do hold a special place in our hearts, today’s compact homes require cleverer uses of space to make a big home bar statement. Check out these home bar ideas for inspiration.

Create a “Barmoire”
Create a compact and closeable home bar using a repurposed or upcycled armoire. Buy it new or used, there are a range to suit virtually any kitchen design scheme. Paint the interior a fabulous colour and stock the top shelves with glassware and bottom shelves with all of the essentials. Don’t have room for a full armoire? Repurpose a Danish credenza, or an English roll-top desk.

Make a mirror image of home bar perfection
You don’t need much space to create big home bar impact. Oftentimes all you need is a small table or cart loaded with the essentials and topped off with a large mirror. Whether simple or ornate, a mirror will separate the home bar space from the rest of the room and perform the double-duty of making a small space seem larger!

If your home is entirely devoid of free space for a stylish home bar, consider freeing up a level of your bookshelf. © leicht.com

If your home is entirely devoid of free space for a stylish home bar, consider freeing up a level of your bookshelf. © leicht.com

Set up a liquor shelf
If your home is entirely devoid of free space for a stylish home bar, consider freeing up a level of your bookshelf. Stocked with a few choice beverages, smart tumblers and surrounded by your favourite books (and situated just above a classic leather wingback chair), the entire area will exude a sense of quiet sophistication and contemplation.

Window to the outdoors
If you’re lucky enough to live in an older space with deep windowsills, then make use of those assets! In some older homes windowsills can be up to 90 centimeres deep. That’s more than enough space for a basket of beverages and a choice selection of glassware.

In today’s stylish home bars there is simply no need to dedicate so much space.