Indoor Bars: A Guide

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Indoor Bars for the home

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You don’t need to go to a bar when you want to enjoy a drink. You can create your own indoor bar at home! In this blog post, we will discuss the different materials that indoor bars are made from, as well as some ideas for how to design your own bar.

We will also provide tips on how to make your home bar area more inviting for friends and family. Whether you are looking to create a small bar in your apartment or convert a spare room into a full-blown bar with cabinets and furniture, we have you covered!

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What is a good size for a home bar?

Bar ideas for your home

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This is a question that we get all the time. And it’s not an easy one to answer because it really depends on the space that you have available and what you plan to use your bar for.

If you are looking to create a cozy spot for yourself and a few friends, then a small bar cart or cabinet might be all you need. But if you are looking to entertain large groups of people, you will need a range of home bar furniture and a larger bar with more seating and storage.

Shelves for your indoor bar area

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What materials are used for home bars?

When it comes to materials, there are a few different options that you can choose from.

The most popular material for home bar furniture is wood, as it has a classic look and feel. You can also find home bars made from metal, glass, or even stone. It really depends on your personal style and the overall look that you are going for in your home.


What is solid pine?

Solid pine is a type of wood that is often used for indoor furniture. It has a classic look and feel, and it is also relatively easy to maintain. If you are looking for a material that will last longer and stand up to regular use, then solid pine is a good option.

Solid pine flooring

However, it should be noted that solid pine can be susceptible to scratches and other damage. If you plan to use your home bar for entertaining, then you may want to choose a different material that is more durable. But if you are looking for a classic look, then solid pine is a great option.


What is solid bleached oak?

Solid bleached oak is another type of wood that is often used for indoor furniture. It has a light color and a smooth finish, which makes it a popular choice for home bars. However, like solid pine, it can be susceptible to damage.

solid bleached oak

If you are looking for a material that will last longer and stand up to regular use, then you may want to choose a different material. But if you are looking for a light and airy look, then solid bleached oak is a good option.

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What is metal?

Metal is a popular choice for home bars because it is durable and easy to clean. However, it can be expensive, and it is not as classic looking as wood. If you are looking for a modern look, then metal might be a good choice for you. But if you are looking for a classic look, then you may want to rethink your ideas.

How can I make my home bar look good?

If you need inspiration on how to design your bar, then be sure to check out our section Home Bar Ideas!

We have gathered together a collection of different home bar ideas so that you can find the perfect one for your space. We have all the information you need to get started on creating your own home bar! So what are you waiting for? Get started today!


Indoor Bar Ideas

Before purchasing a home bar, remember to measure your area very carefully. When we created our very own basement bar, we measured it a number of times.

Also, be aware if you are purchasing the bar on its own and the stools separate, take note of the height of your stools and make sure they are high enough to reach the countertop of your home bar.


Arriba – rustic Mexican look

La Fuente bar

Grab your cocktail shaker and mix up a Marguerita behind this authentic Mexican solid pine bar.

Hand-built in Mexico with wine racks, drawers and shelves, and a cupboard to store your favorite drinks. It even comes with an iron footrest. This is a great price for a solid-built bar that is extremely durable. Just decide on the guest list.

  • Price: $913.50
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Dimensions: 67″W x 43″H x 28″D
  • From: La Fuente




A solid piece of furniture constructed from wood, metal, and MDF, this white-washed bar will sit proudly in any rustic or farmhouse-style bar.

  • Price: $2,154.46
  • Warranty: Manufacturer – please check
  • Dimensions: 42″ H x 72″ W x 29″ D
  • From: Home Thangs


Sleek and modern black bar

Black modern bar

Perfect for small spaces. Elevate your dining room or lounge with this modern piece of bar furniture. A great addition to any contemporary ideas you have for your area – let your inspiration run wild.

  • Price: $293.37
  • Warranty: 90 days
  • Dimensions: 50.75″ x 20.00″w x 41.00″h
  • From: Walmart


Antique walnut color

Antique walnut color bar counter

A medium size bar that will complement your modern room with plenty of storage. It has a spacious shelf, a drawer, and wine holders and will look great just in front of a wall. It is also extremely well priced.

  • Price $286.99
  • Warranty: 30 days return
  • Dimensions:  50″W x 18″D x 40″H
  • From Walmart.

Light up your bar

Light up your room with this modern LED bar

A piece of furniture that is super slick and modern with a built-in cabinet. Made from fiberglass and with 16 multi-colored lights with remote control – this bar will be rocking when the lights are turned down.

  • Price: $831.88
  • Warranty: 1-year Manufacturers
  • Dimensions: 35.5W X 29.5D X 44H
  • From Home Thangs


Home Bar Cabinets

Sometimes there is just not enough room for a complete home bar; well, it doesn’t mean you have to go without. Invest in a bar cabinet. There are a variety of stunning options of home bar cabinets available from the budget to the top end. Take a look at these products – as we have done the shopping for you.


Mid-century or modern

Mid century style Bar cabinet idea 1

A black-designed home bar cabinet that is super swanky and capable of holding everything you need. There are nine storage cubbies of different sizes that are capable of holding glasses, bottles, and accessories.

  • Price: #303.99
  • Warranty: Manufacturer
  • Dimensions: 36.00″Depth: 14.50″Height: 40.50″
  • From Ashley Furniture


Elegant home bar cabinet

a faux marble look bar style

Dress up your dining room or bar area with a faux marble look bar. Racks to hang your stemware and bottles. The cabinet is finished in chrome gold hardware and pulls. A perfect contemporary piece.

  • Price: $251.83
  • Warranty: 30 Day return
  • Dimensions: 37″ H x 33.5″ W x 18″ D
  • From Walmart


Top-end home bar cabinet

A solid oak bar with half bleached door knobs

A light wood-reeded fronted home bar cabinet that needs no introduction and will take a prime position as it does come at a prime price. A king of kings in the home bar cabinets range and constructed in solid oak with half bleached door knobs. This baby is not for hiding but for serving drinks.

  • Price: $3,286.50
  • Warranty: Manufacturers
  • Dimensions: 36″ W x 20″ D x 72″ H
  • From Modshop


Plenty of storage

A dark brown bar cabinet

You can store everything from the ice bucket up to 12 bottles of wine and more. Entertain your friends in a classy way with this dark brown cabinet that will sit very nicely in a dining room, kitchen, or basement bar for added storage.

  • Price: 299.98
  • Warranty: product plan available
  • Dimensions: 39” H x 63” W x 18.69” H
  • From: Walmart


Classic style home bar cabinet

home bar cabinet in light oak with a wax finish

From the Naples collection, this home bar cabinet is in light oak with a wax finish and sits on 12-inch concrete lucite legs. A very beautifully designed piece that any shopper will be proud of.

  • Price: $2,446.50
  • Warranty: Manufacturer
  • Dimensions: 36″ W x 18″ D x 60″ H
  • From: Modshop

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Bar Cart Ideas – for those with small rooms

Bar carts used to be viewed as dated, but now they are making a comeback. They can be very simple and open, displaying your bottles and glasses, or have hidden compartments. See our pick of some of the bar carts available on the market today.


Chrome finished bar cart

Chrome finished bar cart

Back to the 1920s with this chrome-finished bar cart and a little glamour and glitz to your home bar. A very open concept but how very stylish to display your cocktail shaker and glasses to your guests as they wait for their martinis. The mirrored shelves may need some cleaning up after the party, but who cares if you drop an olive or two?

  • Price: $100
  • Warranty 90-day return
  • Dimensions: 29.1 inches wide x 14.96 inches deep x 31.1 inches high
  • From Walmart


A classic cart

stainless steel and wood with antique brass finish small bar

No need to worry about the champagne getting warm. This cart comes with an ice bucket section. Constructed in sturdy stainless steel and wood with an antique brass finish. Load up the barware and take the drinks orders.

  • Price $1,265
  • Warranty: 30-day return
  • Dimensions: H 35 x W 18.5 x L 30.75
  • From France and Sons


Small but perfectly formed

A two-tier bar cart for your home

A two-tier cart that can be used for your kitchen or for inspiration in your bar cart ideas. A slight industrial touch in its construction with a durable metal frame and a sexy wood grain finish. The price is ridiculously low at the moment at just $39.99

  • Price: $39.99
  • Warranty: 30 day
  • Dimensions: 27.50 x 17.00 x 35.40 Inches
  • From Walmart


The Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby Style Bar for Home

Think of Leonardo serving up his champers or martinis for your 1920s inspiration, and you have the Great Gatsby. Space for your olives, slices of lemon, cocktail sticks, and martini glasses. Art deco doesn’t get much better than this. Watch out for our blog on an Art Deco theme bar. Coming soon.

  • Price: $230.99
  • Warranty: Refer to shop
  • Dimensions: 38.75″Depth: 23.25″Height: 32.25″
  • From Ashley Furniture


Chic Gold Cart

gold bar cart for indoors

Stand back and admire your new piece of furniture when you add this gold bar cart to your ideas for home bars. Three shelves provide plenty of storage, and your bottles are elegantly displayed in the built-in wine rack. A decorative piece of furniture that will look good against any wall. Up your game – and your cocktails.

  • Price: $189.99
  • Warranty: Manufacturers
  • Dimensions: 42.5″W x 16.1″D x 34.3”H
  • From Amazon


We hope the above has given you some inspiration to create your very own home bars. If you would like assistance, then please do not hesitate to contact us as we do provide an E-Design service. Also, please visit our post on outdoor bars for more ideas.

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