Bars aren’t just for bachelors and singles. In modern homes, a bar is a centre for family entertainment, and displaying style and personal tastes.

Remodelling your bar is a neat way to perk up your home. And not to mention, remodelling is a fun way to explore the variety of styles and ideas available.

Who knows you may come up with an original design! How neat is that?

Here are nine remodelling ideas for bars to stimulate your creative muse.

Swap Location – want to create a drastic bar remodel? Try a new location for your bar.

  1. Basement bars are very popular and great for a creating sports bar for live matches and video games.
  2. You can relocate your bar from the kitchen to the living room to show off to friends.
  3. Or move your bar to the kitchen to create an awesome wet bar with sinks.
  4. Why not go all the way and create an outdoor bar? This option works best for people who live in areas with fair weather most of the year.
  5. Take advantage of corners in your home to create cozy bars. For example, under the stairs.
  6. Utilize redundant spaces at home  like unused rooms and closets.

Think Surface – a neat remodelling idea for your bar is to change surfaces and table tops.

  1. Pull off a classic look with materials such as granite and marble.
  2. Or you can alternate granite or porcelain tiles with metal strips or wood.
  3. To create a contemporary look, use metal sheets to fit over the surface.
  4. If you prefer wood tops, consider coating them with your favourite colour of paint then glazing them over with lacquer for protection.

Lighting – brilliant lighting techniques may be all you just need for a bar makeover.

Lighting effects can be created using:

  1. Candle chandeliers for an elegant vintage style.
  2. Glass globe lights in bold colours like purple and turquoise.
  3. Ceiling LED lights for single wall bars.
  4. Branch chandelier for a rustic design.
  5. Silver cone shaped pendant lights to match metallic surfaces.
  6. Chandeliers made with whisky and beer bottles for a quirky look.

Make a Wet Bar

Wet bars make it easy for you to catch spills, mix drinks and rinse glasses. If you plan on moving your bar to the kitchen or outdoors, a wet bar may just be right for you.

Here are some factors to consider.

  1. Connect your kitchen to the dining room with a nice wine bar.
  2. Stainless-steel counters not only provide a modern look but also provides counters that are resistant  to frequent spills and splashes.
  3. You can use spaces under the stairs or in a closet to create nook bars complete with their plumbing.
  4. Optimize plumbing with a few more add-ons; add a prep area for mixing cocktails that either also drains into the sink or have a sink of their own.

Think Storage – you can change the storage options of your home bar for a more dramatic look.

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  1. Built in cabinets are expensive but they also provide a more permanent look to your bar.
  2. Other storage options include; buffet table, cabinets and book shelves.
  3. Wine racks with glass holders.
  4. Liquor cabinets mounted on walls.
  5. Quirky options like suitcase bars, wine barrel bars, piano bars.
  6. Furniture style cabinets for a vintage look.

Chairs – change seating options and arrangements for a fresh look.

Luxury bar stools vary according to functionality and taste.

  1. Industrial stools are sleek designs for a contemporary look.
  2. Leather stools are warm and give off rustic and  homely vibes.
  3. Suspended bar stools blend with contemporary designs because of their simplicity.
  4. Wicker stools are great for outdoor bars and give a tropical vibe.
  5. Modern bar stools come in various styles and designs for numerous tastes and influences.
  6. You can swap bar stools with lounge and vintage chairs. Before doing this, consider the space in your bar as chairs take up more space than stools.

Add a Foot Rail

Foot rail is a major bar upgrade for comfort and support. Adding a foot rail can give some traditional pub vibes to your home bar.

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Apart from the sophistication and aesthetics, foot rails give comfort to your guests, a great feature for your home bar.

Foot rails come in different contemporary designs and colours and are made from brass, bronze, copper, stainless steel and even wood. Polished foot rails leave foot marks and are harder to maintain than foot rails with  satin and matte finishes.


Appliances and accessories add a lot of detail to your unique style and preference. When remodelling pay attention to the type of bar accessories and appliances you wish to use. Before remodelling consider the main functions of your bar and create space for these functions.

You can work with colour themes to create a uniformed look. Themes could be contemporary, classic, modern, rustic or quirky.

Design options include;

  1. Use open shelves  to showcase vintage barware, hang wine glasses, and stash napkins.
  2. Use elaborate moldings and millwork to create a sophisticated look.
  3. You can also use paintings and glazing cabinets against a backdrop of concrete tiles and antique mirrors to create visual depth.
  4. Create a minimalist look with metallic furniture and concealed appliances.
  5. Create a tropical ambience using dark wood finishes, wicker stools, and a soft green patina.

Use Free Standing Bars

if you are on a tight budget and pressed for time, why not try a free standing bar? Free standing bars are convenient and available for purchase online and in furniture stores. All you need is to make space.

Important factors to consider before buying a free standing bar are: cost of the bar, space available, style of the bar and the type, whether wet or dry. Most bars are made out of wood or composite wood.

Add an Island

A brilliant remodelling idea for bars is to add an island that provides extra space for preparing and serving drinks.

  1. Add bar stools for guests to sit and socialize.
  2. Don’t forget to add foot rails for comfort and support.
  3. You can upgrade to a wet bar by adding a sink for cleaning glasses and serving drinks.

Remodelling is always fun, as long as you have an idea of what you want, the estimated costs and affordability. With these tips on remodelling ideas for bars, it should be easy for you to make a statement with your remodelled home bar.

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