Home Bar Design Ideas2024-02-20T12:37:55+00:00

Home Bar Ideas


Why home bars are popular

In an era where the cost of living in the UK has reached unprecedented levels, the allure of crafting a personal retreat within one’s own home has become more appealing than ever. This inclination towards home-based leisure activities has significantly boosted interest in home bar ideas, a trend that not only elevates home entertainment but also emerges as a judicious investment against the backdrop of escalating costs associated with social outings. The persisting aftereffects of the pandemic, coupled with economic strains witnessed over the past 18 months, have underscored the value of such investments in home enhancements.

Recent reports suggest that a third of office workers have persisted with remote working arrangements since the pandemic, catalysing a rise in home improvement endeavours across the UK, not least in the realm of creating versatile and chic home offices. Yet, the scope of these projects extends beyond workspaces; from kitchens and bedrooms to gaming rooms and bars, homeowners are eager to derive more value from their living spaces with designs that not only mirror contemporary trends but also align with their personal lifestyle requisites.

In this article, we shine a light on a particular project that encapsulates the essence of modern home bar ideas. Additionally, we offer practical advice for those considering embarking on a similar journey to transform their living space, ensuring that the end result is not only aesthetically pleasing but perfectly attuned to their entertainment preferences.

Benefits of a home bar

Having a home bar can bring many benefits. It provides a convenient and comfortable space to entertain guests and enjoy drinks without having to leave the house. It also allows for customisation and personalisation, as you can design the bar to fit your style with the functional preferences and get the perfect ambience you desire.

Imagine owning a bar that always has your favourite drinks on tap, no long queuing, your favourite music and opening hours to suit. All this and the best prices around!

Home Bar Design Features

Here’s a video of a recent bar design we did. Featuring Caledonia black anthracite doors and Dekton Laurent Natural Worktops. Inspired by the natural stone Port Laurent, the striking colour-way features a dramatic dark brown background crisscrossed with veins of gold.

The backlit quartz shelving adds an extra pop to the design. The lighting can be set from cool to warm by remote control or by Alexa. Additional appliances include: NEFF fridge, freezer, 1810 sink and Blanco tap with pull-out hose & integrated bin units. Marvellous…

Have some fun with your bar design

If you are looking for something fun and lively, consider playful or vibrant colours to really set the scene. In our design the backlit quartz shelving is the perfect focal point, especially in the evenings.

Displaying your favourite tipples on the shelves adds visual interest to the wall, as so many bottles are mini works of art in their own right. You can also turn your drinkware into decor by displaying wine glasses or spirit glasses.

If you take cocktail-making seriously, consider a bar tool set stylish enough to display on your home bar and maybe a complementing fruit bowl with lemons, limes, and oranges, the key ingredients in a bunch of classic cocktails.

You’ll thank yourself for the investment the next time you need a bottle opener, a shot glass, or a cocktail shaker, or a guest asks you for their favourite drink.

Bar Design Considerations

Here’s a list of items you may want to consider for your perfect home bar.

  • What style are you going for? Sleek, farmhouse, American, retro, lounge, poolside, mid-century, disco. Nail your style first, then consider complimenting products and accessories.
  • Keep it cool with a built in wine or beer fridge. Superbly functional and aesthetically impressive to look at.
  • Cocktail making books can double as decor by dressing up your shelves and guests can flip through as you make your next masterpiece.
  • Drinks taste that much better on comfy seating; consider a couple of comfy armchairs with a few plush pillows in addition to bar stools.
  • Wall mount a TV behind the bar to showcase your favourite sporting events, music videos or other content to enjoy with friends. Prefer it cozy? Flip on that log fireplace video.
  • If you have the countertop space a sink is very useful in a bar area to save on trips to the kitchen.

Looking to make some improvements to your living space? Get in touch for a no-obligation dicussion to see how we can make your home work harder for you.

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Home Bar FAQs

Home bar ideas on a budget2024-02-21T12:57:08+00:00

If you’re looking to save money on a home bar designed and installed by professionals, here are some tailored tips to help you achieve that without compromising on quality.

Clear Definition of Needs

Prioritise Needs: Have a clear understanding of what you want from your home bar. Opting for a straightforward, functional design over a highly customised one can significantly cut costs.

Material Selection

Economical Materials: Discuss with your designer about using materials that offer a high-end look without the premium price. Certain woods, laminates, or composite materials can be stylish yet budget-friendly.

Simplify the Design

Minimalist Approach: A simple design can be more cost-effective than one with intricate details. It often results in a modern, easy-to-maintain bar area.

Ex-Display furniture

Sustainable Savings: Enquire about using ex-display furniture or surplus materials from other projects. These can sometimes be acquired at a lower cost and modified to your requirements.

Efficient Lighting

LED Options: Choose LED lighting for its efficiency and longevity. Smart LED bulbs offer versatility in colour and settings without the need for expensive installations.

Plan for Scalability

Future-proof Design: Opt for a design that allows for easy additions or upgrades. This way, you can enhance your bar over time as budget allows, rather than all at once.

Make some Compromises

Adding sinks, wine coolers and dishwashers to your home bar can really enhance the functionality, but if you can do without them, then you can save in this area.

Do I need a sink in my home bar?2024-02-20T12:52:57+00:00

Having a sink in your home bar is not strictly necessary, but it can greatly enhance convenience and functionality. Here are some considerations to help you decide if including a sink in your home bar setup is right for you.

Advantages of Having a Sink

  • Ease of Cleaning: A sink allows for immediate washing of glassware, tools, and spills, keeping your bar area tidy and ready for the next use.
  • Preparation Efficiency: Having water on hand is useful for preparing certain cocktails that require a rinse or a splash of water, making the process smoother and quicker.
  • Guest Convenience: A sink can be a convenient feature for guests, allowing them to easily rinse their glasses or fill a water bottle without having to go to the kitchen.
  • Increased Home Value: A well-equipped home bar with a sink can be an attractive feature to potential homebuyers, potentially increasing your home’s value.

In summary, while a sink can add a great deal of functionality to your home bar, it’s not essential. Your decision should be based on your bar’s size, your budget, and how you plan to use the space. Many successful and enjoyable home bars operate without a sink, relying on alternative solutions for cleanup and water access.

How can I make my home bar environmentally friendly?2024-02-20T12:48:01+00:00

Creating an environmentally friendly home bar is a fantastic way to enjoy your favourite beverages while minimizing your ecological footprint. Here are several strategies to achieve a more sustainable setup.

Choose Organic and Locally Sourced Spirits and Ingredients

  • Opt for Organic: Look for spirits that are organic, which means they’re produced without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. This can include everything from organic wines and beers to spirits.
  • Local Sourcing: Support local breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Locally sourced beverages reduce transportation emissions and often come from smaller-scale producers who employ more sustainable practices.

Sustainable Bar Tools and Glassware

  • Durable Over Disposable: Invest in high-quality, durable bar tools and glassware that can be reused indefinitely, rather than disposable plastic items.
  • Eco-Friendly Materials: Choose tools made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo stirrers, biodegradable straws, or glassware from recycled glass.

Minimise Waste

  • Bulk Purchases: Buying ingredients in bulk can reduce packaging waste. This can be particularly effective for mixers like juices or sodas.
  • Repurpose Leftovers: Use leftover fruits or herbs to make infusions or syrups instead of letting them go to waste.
    Compost: Compost organic waste like fruit peels or pulp from juicing.

Energy Efficiency

  • Energy-Efficient Appliances: If your home bar includes appliances like a mini-fridge or ice maker, opt for models that are energy-efficient, bearing the Energy Star label.
  • LED Lighting: Use LED bulbs for your bar lighting. They use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

Water Conservation

  • Sink Usage: If your bar has a sink, install a low-flow faucet to reduce water waste.
  • Cleaning Practices: Be mindful of water use when cleaning glassware and tools. Use a basin for washing up rather than running water continuously.

Sustainable Packaging and Recycling

  • Avoid Single-Use Plastics: Choose mixers and ingredients with minimal packaging, or packaging that’s recyclable or compostable.
  • Recycle: Set up a recycling station in or near your bar for glass, plastics, and cans.

Support Sustainable Brands

  • Research Brands: Many companies are committed to sustainable practices, from how they source ingredients to how they package their products. Look for brands that prioritize sustainability in their production and corporate practices.

Educate Yourself and Guests

  • Knowledge Sharing: Use your eco-friendly bar as an opportunity to educate guests about sustainable living. Share the story behind the organic wine you’re serving or the local distillery your spirits came from.

Creating an environmentally friendly home bar is not just about the products you choose but also about adopting practices that reduce waste, conserve resources, and support sustainable production methods. By making conscious choices, you can enjoy your home bar in a way that’s better for the planet.

What essentials do I need for a home bar?2024-02-21T12:15:56+00:00

For a well-equipped home bar, you’ll want to ensure you have a variety of tools, spirits, mixers, and glassware to cater to a wide range of tastes and cocktail recipes. Here’s a basic list to get you started:


  • Vodka – A versatile spirit used in many cocktails.
  • Gin – Essential for classic cocktails like the Martini and Gin & Tonic.
  • Rum (both white and dark) – For tropical drinks like Mojitos and Pina Coladas.
  • Tequila – For Margaritas and Tequila Sunrises.
  • Whiskey (including Bourbon and Scotch) – For Whiskey Sours, Old Fashioneds, and Manhattans.
  • Brandy or Cognac – For Sidecars and Brandy Alexanders.
  • Vermouth (both dry and sweet) – For Martini and Manhattan.


  • Triple sec (or Cointreau) – A citrus-flavored liqueur for Margaritas and Cosmopolitans.
  • Amaretto – An almond-flavored liqueur for Amaretto Sours.
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream – For creamy cocktails and coffee drinks.
  • Campari or Aperol – For Negronis and Aperol Spritzes.


  • Club soda and tonic water
  • Cola, ginger ale, and lemon-lime soda
  • Juices (orange, cranberry, pineapple, and lime)
  • Simple syrup and grenadine
  • Angostura bitters – A staple for many classic cocktails.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Jigger (measuring tool)
  • Bar spoon
  • Muddler
  • Citrus juicer or reamer
  • Ice bucket with tongs
  • Bottle opener and corkscrew


  • Highball and lowball (Old Fashioned) glasses
  • Martini glasses
  • Wine glasses (for both red and white wines)
  • Shot glasses
  • Margarita glasses and copper mugs (for Moscow Mules)


  • Garnishes like lemons, limes, oranges, maraschino cherries, and olives.
  • Cutting board and knife for preparing garnishes.
  • Cocktail napkins or coasters.
  • Ice maker or trays for plenty of ice.
  • This list covers the essentials, but feel free to customize your home bar based on your personal preferences and the types of drinks you enjoy making.

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