If you live for entertaining, constructing a chic home bar will be the perfect new addition to your kitchen or living room. From a wine rack that wows to the perfect place for showcasing your glassware, custom cabinets can deliver anything you desire. Here you’ll find tips on choosing bar cabinets and how to make sure your custom cabinets are the life of the party.
1. Choose Your Placement
Based on the layout of your home, you will first want to decide where you will construct your bar. This will help your narrow down size, style and finishes with much more ease.
2. Select Your Style
At Willow Lane Cabinetry, you’ll find an entire section dedicated to our different styles of home bars. You can shop our custom cabinets on your own or have one of our designers assist you in choosing bar cabinets.
To work with one of our bar room designers free of charge, simply fill out the form to request your complimentary expert design. You’ll work with one of our team members to finalize your concept, and you will receive a custom layout, photorealistic renderings, and an itemized list of what to purchase when you’re finished.
3. Add A Kitchen Island
If you want your home bar to have a strong presence, adding a kitchen island can accomplish just that. Not only does it create separation, giving your bar its own designated space in the home, but it provides the ideal seating for guests. That extra countertop will also be put to good use when it comes to serving drinks or setting out hors d’oeuvres at your next cocktail party.
4. Install Some Great Lighting
Whether it’s spotlights on your beloved whiskey collection or a marvelous chandelier hanging above your bar island, great lighting can give your home bar an extra layer of awe. Don’t overcrowd the space with too much décor. Keep the accessories simple and focus on installing lighting that will highlight the beauty of your custom cabinets.
5. Stock Your Bar
Once you have the perfect bar, you’ll want it fully stocked. Some good rules of thumb for stocking your home bar:
- Keep what you drink. Don’t make the mistake of buying liquor that neither you nor anyone in your social circle drinks. It’s nice to have a few classics on hand, but you don’t need three different types of rum if you only drink vodka.
- Start small. Unless you have a large party looming, add to your bar gradually. Start with your favorites and the classics (gin, vodka, bourbon, scotch, tequila, and a light rum).
- Buy mixers and garnishes for the cocktails you have in mind. Follow the same concept as above. You really don’t want to clutter your bar with bottles of mixers that you never use. Pick up a few basic mixers (club soda, tonic, cola, cranberry juice) and garnishes (lemon, lime, cherries). Outside of those, choose one or two signature cocktails (Old Fashioned and Margarita, for example) and have everything you need for those two drinks. When your guests ask, “What should I have?” You’ll know exactly what to say, and have all of the ingredients on hand.
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