If you’re a single homeowner, you may well have already considered how is best to adapt your home to suit your lifestyle. So, if you find yourself regularly entertaining friends and supplying them with alcoholic beverages every weekend, can you think of any better way impress them than installing your very own bar?
I actually have a friend who built a summer house last year, and we all thought the logic behind this was for him to have somewhere nice to sit during the hot weather. However, our jaws collectively hit the floor when he invited us round to have a look at the huge bar he had installed. Since then, I probably visit him every other weekend, and I have to admit that the company is probably only around 50% of the reason I go.
So anyway, if you think installing your own bar is a great idea, this article will fill you in on everything you need to know.
Choosing The Right Location
Although most people opt to install bars in dining rooms, I happen to think they they’re much more attractive and useful when placed inside a large shed or summer house. That said; this will depend heavily on the available space in your home and garden, so just assess your situation and work out what’s best for you.
Choosing A Theme
If you’re seriously going to turn your home into the set of Cheers, you’ll probably agree that it’s a good idea to go all out. Don’t simply buy the cheapest bar available, as you won’t produce the best atmosphere. Instead, take a look around some of the more upmarket pubs in your area and see if you can pick up some design tips. I feel the Japanese theme in the photograph above is very appealing, but this will mostly be down to individual taste.
Setting A Budget
Before you start buying stools and artwork, make sure you set a reasonable, affordable budget and stick to it. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to create something truly remarkable for a few hundred pounds. Also, there are many specialist companies knocking around who will be more than willing to help with design issues, so don’t worry too much if you’re no Laurence Llewelyn Bowen.
Additionally, you’ll find many retailers who sell complete home bars via the internet, so whether you’re looking for a minimalist bar in London, or an eclectic home bar in Perth, search online and you’re bound to find something that suits your taste.
So there you have it my soon to be inebriated friends. A quick and simple guide to some of the things you need to consider when creating the perfect home bar. Just remember that bars come in all shapes and sizes, so you don’t need that much space at all. I’d advise that you refrain from throwing sofas away just so you’ve got a massive function room, but then again, who am I to judge?