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The Home Bar

POSTED BY DECORIST EDITORIAL TEAM
NOVEMBER 7, 2016

Home Bars Are Making a Big Comeback

It’s an idea straight out of the 1960’s and 1970’s – the home bar.  Many of us who are in our 40’s and 50’s likely remembers going over to our grandparents’ house for dinner and spending some time with the adults in the home bar before sitting down together for our meal.  Many of our parents had the same arrangement in our homes.  The home bar went away for a while – for about a generation to be exact – but it’s making a big comeback right now.  Home bar design is also making a comeback as people are beginning to think about adding one or updating the one that may not have been used for quite some time.  Below you’ll find a few ideas for home bars that may work for your current space.

 

Incorporate Entertainment

Back in the day, when home bars were all the rage before the days of the Internet and cable TV, home bars tended to maybe have a radio nearby for some ambience.  There was no need to think about incorporating anything else in terms of entertainment.  These days, with a plethora of options, it’s highly likely that you’re going to want to watch some type of sporting event as you enjoy an evening or something else that’s happening.  Do so by saving room for a television, a computer monitor or anything else that will provide a video feed as you put together your home bar design.  Don’t forget the surround sound, either – you’ll be glad you took that extra step.

 

Additional Seating

Most people envision ‘bellying up’ to the bar when they hear about a home bar design.  That’s the way it was always done and for most people there simply isn’t any additional space.  For those who have the room, though, a lounge table and chairs will add a whole new dimension to that part of your home.  You can have more people over than there are bar stools and everyone can sit comfortably.  You can serve food conveniently as well.  If you have the room, think about some additional pieces. 

 

Parlor Games Are Still Catchy

With the advent of video games and real-time, online gaming, it would seem to many that the days of sitting back and enjoying a game of billiards or darts are long gone.  That’s really not the case.  There’s really nothing like having some relaxing games nearby and available as you enjoy your new home bar design after it’s complete.  Parlor games are a great way to spurn conversation, they add an element of fun to an evening and they add a lot in the way of ambience to any room that contains a home bar. 

 

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