Essential Elements for Your Home Bar
Chances are pretty good that if you have a home bar it is probably in your finished basement. It is also very likely that this is the most popular place to be in the house when you have guests over. If you are finally finishing the bar area that you have been working on for a while, you are probably looking for decorating ideas. This list should help. Alternately, if you are remodeling your current bar, you should find this list handy, too.
Basements are generally a little colder than the rest of the house. Plus, if you are entertaining then you would probably appreciate elements that create a little ambiance. Ethanol fireplaces take care of both. They do not require venting and they don't produce smoke, so you don't have to worry about the air being affected. Ethanol fireplaces are available in wall, freestanding, and tabletop varieties, so you should have no problem finding one to perfectly complement your space.
The right lighting is crucial in this type of environment. It is hard to kick back and relax when lights are too bright, but you don't want to have to grab the flashlight to see what bottle of liquor you are grabbing either. Recessed lighting is always ideal. Drop pendants can create a dramatic display, but make sure no one will hit their head on them. Since basement ceilings are typically low, you will need to really evaluate any lighting you consider buying, and make sure you keep your taller guests in mind.
Bean Bag Chairs
Not everyone enjoys sitting on a stool or in a tall chair. Not to mention, there may not be enough seats at the bar for all your guests. If you are going to furnish this area anyway you might as well do it with furniture pieces that everyone will look forward to sitting in. You really cannot go wrong with beanbag chairs. They are unbelievably comfortable, fun to look at, extremely durable, and some even have covers that remove and clean in the washing machine.
If you intend on making blended drinks you are going to need a high-quality blender. A cheap one is simply going to mix the liquid and half-heatedly chop the ice into somewhat smaller pieces. The blender you buy will ultimately dictate how eager you are to use it when guests arrive. If it is in the budget, Vitamix blenders are highly recommended. Plus, you can use it to make your morning smoothie, and it will double as a food processor.
- Brady Draper