Home mini bar ideas

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Home mini bar ideas
If you have the space, a design like this not only stores bar supplies, but provides seating for guests. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you love to entertain, no event is complete without a selection of libations to keep the conversation and enjoyment going. Even the smallest nook can become a space to house bottles of liquor, glasses and bar tools, and most importantly an area to mix drinks. Try some ideas to create a mini bar in your own home.

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Bar Furniture

If you are limited on space, the simplest way to add a home bar is to purchase a bar cabinet. Available from many furniture and home decor stores, these cabinets are instant bars. They are small and made for those who want a place to store and mix drinks but are short on space. Whether you want open storage or to close off the bar when not in use, these speciality cabinets come in a variety of sizes, styles and wood species to blend in with your existing decor.

An Unused Closet

Add a mini bar to a small, under utilised closet near your kitchen or dining room. With the addition of a few shelves and a bar top, a closet has an ideal depth for a mini bar. Under the top add a freestanding wine cooler and stack a few wine racks beside it to store other bottles. Hang mirrors on the wall between the shelves to make the bar feel larger and update the lighting. Keep the door if you want to close it off, or remove it, update the framing around the opening and show off the space.

A Kitchen Cabinet

Another place to add a mini bar is in a kitchen cabinet. Add glass to the fronts of the cabinet doors, insert a wine rack and install an under-the-cabinet wine glass holder. No extra space is required to create this mini bar, just the space you already have. With the addition of glass front doors, add a few LED lights inside the cabinet to highlight the bar.

Wine Cooler

Like in a hotel, a mini bar is merely a small refrigerator with shelves or a cabinet to store snacks and tools. By simply adding a free standing wine cooler to any location, you will instantly have a mini bar. You can also remove one of the cabinets under your kitchen counters and replace it with a built-in wine fridge. For glasses and extra bottles, a mobile island or cart is an instant storage place that you can tuck away when not in use.

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