Special Nonexistent Furniture

Bar Cabinet and Cart Buying Guide

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A home bar can be the focal point of a room providing not only functional beverage storage, but also a useful place for seating and entertaining. A bar cabinet or serving cart is an ideal way to store cocktail equipment and spirits throughout the year. You may need a bar cabinet that keeps your beverages contained, and out of sight. Or, a bar cart on wheels that allows for movability and shows off your style may be more your speed. Use this guide to help find the right piece of bar furniture for your lifestyle.

Home Bar Styles

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Contained Bar Cabinets

For smaller living areas or in homes where locking the beverages away is key, consider a fully enclosed bar cabinet. When open glassware, spirits, and bar utensils are accessible and the cabinet can be used as a tabletop for  additional seating. When closed the top doubles as an additional surface to display books, trinkets, and any other decorations. 

Consider an option on wheels if you plan on moving the bar cart around frequently. 

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Home bar options offer a variety of features that increase use and functionality of your bar. Wine glass racks, bottle openers, bottle holders, locking cabinets, shelving, and drawer storage are some of the features you can expect to see while shopping for a bar cabinet or cart. Options for the bar top include, marble, wood, or glass (mainly on bar carts). If you plan to accommodate heavier objects like many bottles, recipe books, a blender, or even a table lamp make sure the cabinet you select can support it. 

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Open Bar Cabinets and Bar Carts

For homes with a dedicated area reserved for eating and entertaining, an open style bar cabinet or serving cart provides its own benefits.

An open bar can display beautiful glassware, colorful napkins, or a collection of favorite wines and spirits. This type of open bar can appear more inviting, allowing guests to feel welcome to serve themselves. You can also repurpose a hall or console table with ample shelving and drawer space for use as an open bar cart.

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Consider the style, finish, shape, and decorative details of a bar cabinet or cart. Think about the décor in the room you'll be adding this piece to before you make your final decision. A bar cart or cabinet should blend into the existing décor, not clash with it. Think about placing bowls, glasses, vases, or other decorative elements on the bar cart or cabinet that reflect the colors found in the room.