Home Bar Design Ideas

A home bar can provide a spot of indulgence for one, or be a central hub you gather round when entertaining. Whether you’re thinking of planning a wine bar, outdoor bar, or just making room for a bar cart, browse these images for inspiration, and ask yourself the following questions.

Where should you position your home bar?


The most popular location for a home bar is in or near the kitchen or dining room. If you prefer entertaining outdoors, however, an outdoor bar can be a dream addition to any Aussie backyard – and imagine the luxury of swimming up to your very own pool bar! If you're building from scratch, a landscape architect can help you work out the ideal design for your space.

What type of home bar is best suited to your needs?


Home bars come in all shapes and sizes, and with an array of practicalities. Utilise an awkward corner with a cabinet bar; maximise floor space with a trunk bar, which unfolds to create a bar counter; or conveniently turn any space in your house into a bar room with a mobile bar such as a fun bar cart. If you prefer a more grandiose option, or all the amenities of a real bar, you can’t go past a built-in home bar.

What home bar functionalities do you want to include?


Decide how you will use the bar and whether you will need sinks, storage and refrigeration. Including a sink in your home bar design is a practical addition if you choose a location far from your kitchen. If you’re a wine connoisseur, you may want to include additional wine storage, whereas a mini bar fridge within the kitchen may need no extra storage at all. Home bars that will be used infrequently – perhaps an outdoor bar in the cooler months – may not need refrigeration and could suffice with large ice buckets.

What bar furniture will you need?


Seating is essential to any home bar and will impact the style of your home bar design. Bar stools, for example, come in an array of materials and styles, from traditional wooden bar stools, to resort- and industrial-style stools. Storage is another important element, so look for a liquor cabinet and wine racks. Next, if you are creating a freestanding station, you will need a bar table, which are taller and shallower than regular dining tables. Check that your stools and table height work together before you finalise any home bar designs.

How can you personalise your bar design?


Bar tools and accessories are an easy and interchangeable way to personalise your bar design. You may want to create a wine bar, tavern-style bar or retro bar, so look for wine glasses and tumblers, for instance, that will help carry this style. Coasters, bar mats or signage will help you to further achieve your desired look.
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Transitional galley seated home bar in Minneapolis with quartz benchtops, cement tile splashback, white benchtop, an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, multi-coloured splashback and grey floor.

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Transitional galley seated home bar in Minneapolis with quartz benchtops, cement tile splashback, white benchtop, an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, multi-coloured splashback and grey floor.

Inspiration for a country single-wall wet bar in Burlington with an integrated sink, shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, stainless steel benchtops, grey splashback, grey floor and grey benchtop.

Jim Westphalen Photography
Inspiration for a country single-wall wet bar in Burlington with an integrated sink, shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, stainless steel benchtops, grey splashback, grey floor and grey benchtop.

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Photo of a traditional home bar in Boston with glass-front cabinets, black cabinets, granite benchtops, brown floor and white benchtop.

Photo of a traditional home bar in Boston with glass-front cabinets, black cabinets, granite benchtops, brown floor and white benchtop.
I love this for the dining room it would need to be bigger - melindareynolds

Design ideas for a small contemporary single-wall wet bar in Charleston with shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, brown floor and white benchtop.

Kitchen Designer (Savannah Schmitt) Cabinetry (Eudora Full Access, Homestead Door Style, Iron Finish, Floating Shelves - Heirloom Ash) Photographer (Smiths Do Love) Builder (Vintage Homes)
3. Chunky timber accentsReclaimed wood continues its streak as a popular material to add rustic texture to a space, and it’s getting thicker than ever. In this kitchen in Charleston, USA, the hefty open shelves draw attention to a convenient drink-serving area.Tip: When entertaining, consider presenting wine bottles, glassware and a corkscrew on a tray. It looks stylish and protects benchtops from red-wine spills and stains. - heavenmulugeta3

This is an example of a transitional galley home bar in Chicago with an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, multi-coloured splashback, timber splashback, brown floor and white benchtop.

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This is an example of a transitional galley home bar in Chicago with an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, multi-coloured splashback, timber splashback, brown floor and white benchtop.

Mid-sized modern l-shaped seated home bar in Miami with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, brown cabinets, brown splashback, timber splashback and beige floor.

Mid-sized modern l-shaped seated home bar in Miami with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, brown cabinets, brown splashback, timber splashback and beige floor.

Design ideas for a country galley seated home bar in Denver with wood benchtops, dark hardwood floors, brown floor and brown benchtop.

"Going to the cabin" takes on new meaning with PrecisionCraft's modern day approach to mountain home design. The barn wood used in this home bar provides the perfect contrast to its hand finished timbers, hardwood floor, and modern appliances. Produced By: PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes Photos By: Longviews Studios, Inc.

Design ideas for a mid-sized country galley seated home bar in Detroit with dark wood cabinets.

Design ideas for a mid-sized country galley seated home bar in Detroit with dark wood cabinets.

This is an example of a large traditional home bar in Chicago with grey cabinets, granite benchtops, brown splashback, ceramic splashback, concrete floors, brown floor and glass-front cabinets.

The key to this project was to create a kitchen fitting of a residence with strong Industrial aesthetics. The PB Kitchen Design team managed to preserve the warmth and organic feel of the home’s architecture. The sturdy materials used to enrich the integrity of the design, never take away from the fact that this space is meant for hospitality. Functionally, the kitchen works equally well for quick family meals or large gatherings. But take a closer look at the use of texture and height. The vaulted ceiling and exposed trusses bring an additional element of awe to this already stunning kitchen. Project specs: Cabinets by Quality Custom Cabinetry. 48" Wolf range. Sub Zero integrated refrigerator in stainless steel. Project Accolades: First Place honors in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2014 Design Competition
Kitchen cabinets - not mock heritage but not ultra contemporary (don't have glass doors) - irenecoveney

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Design ideas for a large contemporary galley wet bar in Miami with dark wood cabinets, marble benchtops, porcelain floors, grey floor, a drop-in sink, black splashback, grey benchtop and open cabinets.

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Design ideas for a large contemporary galley wet bar in Miami with dark wood cabinets, marble benchtops, porcelain floors, grey floor, a drop-in sink, black splashback, grey benchtop and open cabinets.
Retractable doors reveal a well stocked bar. An excellent addition to a games room - matthewsjoinery

Small transitional single-wall wet bar in San Francisco with medium hardwood floors, an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, mirror splashback, brown floor and white benchtop.

Aaron Leitz Photography
Small transitional single-wall wet bar in San Francisco with medium hardwood floors, an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, mirror splashback, brown floor and white benchtop.
Small bar, I like the mirror shelves - bcb148

Design ideas for a beach style single-wall wet bar in Miami with an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, light hardwood floors and white benchtop.

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Design ideas for a beach style single-wall wet bar in Miami with an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, light hardwood floors and white benchtop.

This is an example of a contemporary wet bar in Miami with marble benchtops.

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ivan likes this one - vivienne_vortouni

Inspiration for a transitional home bar in Other.

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Inspiration for a transitional home bar in Other.
Door as a feature in downstairs loft - juliaclearwater

This is an example of a contemporary u-shaped seated home bar in Miami with an undermount sink, brown floor and open cabinets.

This is an example of a contemporary u-shaped seated home bar in Miami with an undermount sink, brown floor and open cabinets.
Gold splash back and storage ideas - phonsavanh_souvanthong

Photo of a large country single-wall seated home bar in Nashville with shaker cabinets, black cabinets, red splashback, brick splashback, white benchtop, travertine floors and brown floor.

Photo of a large country single-wall seated home bar in Nashville with shaker cabinets, black cabinets, red splashback, brick splashback, white benchtop, travertine floors and brown floor.
Cabinet colour - emily_campbell79

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Inspiration for an industrial l-shaped seated home bar in London with white splashback, subway tile splashback and grey floor.

Inspiration for an industrial l-shaped seated home bar in London with white splashback, subway tile splashback and grey floor.
Wall mounted planter boxes - tara_menon

Photo of a small scandinavian bar cart in Boston with dark hardwood floors and black floor.

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1. Rocky mountain high. Denver, USA - tinawatson