5 Home Bar Design Ideas for Your Custom Home

March 12, 2019

A home bar can be a great addition to your custom home design, especially if you’re a fan of social hours and entertaining friends and family. Whether you have an idea of what you want in a home bar or are still thinking about it, here are some home bar design ideas to consider for your custom home:

1. Include a Bar Sink

Regardless of where your home bar is located, you’ll want to make sure you have access to a water source and a place to rinse and clean things. Some homeowners choose to put their home bar in the basement as part of an entertainment area while others choose to dedicate part of their kitchen to a home bar.

Even if your home bar is in or near the kitchen, a bar sink is usually an advantage so you don’t have to take up space in the kitchen sink for basic rinsing or cleaning. Plus, bar sinks are designed to be smaller, task-based sinks, so they won’t take up a ton of space in your home bar. You can even include a butler’s pantry into your custom home design and use that layout and space for your home bar.

2. Get Creative with Cabinets

You’ll need plenty of storage in your home bar for glasses, tumblers, drinks, and more. You can set your home bar design apart by getting creative with your cabinets. Not only can you paint them brilliant colors, but you can also play with the design and placement of cabinets to get you the storage you need and a unique design.

Cabinets with a glass front can make it easy to see what is stored inside while cabinets with racks built inside can make it easy to securely store bottles. For a small home bar that doesn’t take up a lot of space, you can even include a flip-down work surface that serves as a bar when you need it and is concealed out of the way when you don’t need it.

3. Consider Electrical Needs and Appliances

Depending on how you plan to use your home bar, you’ll want to consider the appliances you’ll need and the placement of electrical outlets during the design phase. Knowing that you’ll need a wine fridge, built-in beer taps, a blender, an icemaker, or other elements will help you plan a home bar that meets your needs and has space for everything you will want to include.

4. Choose the Right Lighting

You’ll also want to consider the lighting in your home bar and choose the right lighting for you. This is essential for designing the perfect home bar. Rope lights or task lights can illuminate a workspace that would normally be dark.

Pendant lighting can offer a ton of design and decor options to create a unique look for your home bar. At the same time, recessed lighting can provide a sophisticated look and plenty of lighting without taking up valuable vertical space in the room.

5. Add Interesting Details

You can also add a ton of interesting details to your home bar design. Aside from painting the cabinets a cool color, you can also add a tile or mirrored backsplash to add another layer of interest to your home bar design. You can also add a bar cart to be able to take a mini-version of your home bar around the room. If your home bar is going to have dedicated seating at a bar or island, you can also get creative with the type of material you use for the bar as well as the style of the seating.

Whether it’s delegated to the basement, included in the kitchen, or placed somewhere else, a home bar can be a great addition to your custom home design. And, if you prefer a wine cellar, many of these ideas can also become good home wine cellar ideas. By considering some of these home bar design ideas, you can work with a custom home builder to create the perfect home bar design for your custom home. If you’re ready for your own custom home, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090 to make your dream home a reality!