Putting together a home bar should be fun and rewarding although it can be demanding. But once the basic bar is constructed it needs to be furnished. Everything from seating to cabinets to hold drinks and other accessories need to be chosen. This can sometimes be tricky as the amount of choice out there is considerable. It’s always useful to consult professionals such as Dawnvale if the task becomes too tricky but here are a few suggestions that might help:
What are bar furnishings?
Some may think that bar furnishings means bar stools. It can do, but it can also mean wine cabinets, cooled or not, shelving, decorative mirrors and other such items. Work out first what your home bar needs to complete the project. Make a list of essential items and then add things that are desirable but non essential.
Set yourself a budget
For most people budgets are a necessary evil. But they can be helpful in as much as they will restrict and narrow down choice. Of course if the budget for the furnishings is higher than was originally set this can have the opposite effect, so it’s useful to keep the budget in the same league as originally intended when the actual bar was designed and put together. This will also help to ensure continuity between the bar and the furnishings in terms of style, quality and overall feel.
Keep it together
Furnishings for a home bar should work with it and not against it. For example if the bar is in the Art Deco style it will work better if the furnishings match and compliment that style. Because there is such a wide variety of choice available it is worth exploring and looking at different items in different styles and colours before making purchases. Any home bar should present a cohesive image and not look as if things have just been added without thought.
Putting it all in context
In most homes a bar will need to fit in and work with the room in which it is located as well as work as an overall installation. This is where furnishings such as seating can play a crucial role. Sourcing bar stools or seating that compliment not only the bar itself but also the other furnishings around them can present a challenge but also offers the opportunity to bridge the bar and the rest of the space it occupies. Accessories such as lamps and lighting can also help tie things together by using the same style and colour of shades, for example, throughout the room.
Keep it flexible
When choosing furnishings for a home bar it pays to make choices that can be flexible for the future. For example, if other furniture is changed in the room where the bar is located, choose bar furniture that can easily blend with it or that can be replaced at the same time without too great a cost, which means remembering the all important budget of course.