Looking for the next cool feature to add to your home? How about a bar to make entertaining guests more fun and to give you a designated space for all your bar-related supplies and items. This is a great idea for indoor spaces as well as for outdoor areas and just to be clear we’re talking about DIY bar projects, the kind that you get to build and to customize however you see fit. We can think of at least a dozen cool ideas that we can share with you so check out our favorites below.
We’ll start with this cool DIY pallet bar idea from instructables and not just because it’s a very cost-effective project but also because we really love the simple design and the overall look and we think it would look wonderful in all sorts of contexts, whether it’s a modern living room, a rustic backyard or a traditional party venue. Check out the details to find out how this particular bar was made.
There are quite a few types of materials that you can choose from for DIY bar, including wood and concrete which are among the most popular ones and also those that were used in this project featured on instructables. The combo suits this bar well mainly because of the outdoor location. Buildings the molds for the concrete frame is the most important and probably also the most time-consuming part of the project.
An important piece of information to keep in mind at this point is that it’s often easier to repurpose an existing piece of furniture than it is to start a project from scratch. There’s a cool example of remodelaholic which supports this idea. The wooden base of this DIY bar was previously a kitchen island which lacked a top. It worked out great given its dimensions and overall design. A quick makeover made everything even better.
Naturally, if you have a specific design in mind for your DIY bar, repurposing existing pieces of furniture might not be an option in which case you’re better off building everything from scratch. Check out this tutorial on strongti to find out how this L-shaped bar was made and to learn how to do something similar for your own home if you ever want to.
When trying to picture a bar, we all have different versions and different designs in mind. Some of these are more popular than others but at the end of the day it’s completely up to you to choose the option which suits you best based on the space available, the main function the bar is meant to fulfill as well as your expectations in terms of overall design and look. This DIY bar featured on ana-white has a bench-inspired design and looks really great.
A DIY bar cart is a great idea if you prefer flexibility and you want to be able to move this piece around whenever and wherever needed. You can take the bar cart out on the patio or the porch on those beautiful summer evenings when you’re enjoying the cool breeze with family or friends. You could also use this as a serving cart. Check out jaimecostiglio to find out how to build one for yourself.
This bar featured on buildsomething has a very open design which makes it lightweight, easy to build and also user-friendly, allowing you to easily store things close at hand and leaving plenty of room on the shelves for anything you might want to put there. Feel free to customize the shelves based on your own needs.
Bars are in fact very versatile. It’s not liquor and cocktail-making tools and accessories that you can store on its shelves but lots of other things too. For example, this project featured on sincerelymariedesigns shows you how make a coffee bar. This is basically a coffee station, a piece that would look lovely in the kitchen or in an open-space living room.
If space is an issue, there are definitely ways to solve this. You could build a small bar or, even better, a Murphy bar which is attached to the wall and folds open only when you need it. It would be similar to a fold-down table. You can even include some built-in shelves in the design so you have room to store the basics even when the top is folded up. Check out bunker for instructions.
Check out this other cool-looking DIY bar cart design, this time from 2beesinapod. It’s small but it’s practical and it looks pretty cute too, especially with that bright color on it. There’s a small drawer for storing tools and other little items, two open shelves right beneath it for bottles and a towel holder to the side.
If you’re planning to build a bar that has an industrial vibe, a great idea is to use metal pipes and fittings to make the frame. The shelves can be simple wooden boards cut to size. This combination always looks nice and you have a lot of freedom when building the frame because you can basically shape it however you want. There’s also the option to spray paint the pipes to add some color to your design. You can find out more about this project on alifedesigned.
Although a bar with lots of shelves and drawers can be very practical and storage-efficient, other more simple designs can be really great too. For instance, we really like how this DIY outdoor bar from sincerelymariedesigns turned out. It has a nice hint of rustic charm with a big open shelf at the bottom and a bunch of hooks attached to the top of the frame.
This cute bar featured on thecreativityexchange used to be a potting bench and that turned out great for the project because the bench already had a sink slot which was transformed into bucket ice. There’s a shelf at the bottom for storing all the big items and a shelf at the top with a glass rack attached to the underside.