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How to Create a Professional-Looking Home Bar on Any Budget

May 01, 2015 02:05PM ● Published by Savannah Ludwig

The home bar is becoming an increasingly popular amenity, and many new homes come with beautiful bars built in. If you have been dreaming of adding a bar to your own home, you may have wondered how you can fit it into your budget.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to create a stunning home bar on even the most limited budget. If you use these strategies, you can build a home bar you can be proud of and still have cash left over to stock it with top-shelf whiskey and primo spirits.

Check Out the Liquidation Sales

It is a sad fact of life that many new bars and restaurants fail after only a short time in business. The bar and restaurant business is a tough one, and many well-meaning owners find themselves unable to meet their obligations and keep customers coming through their doors.

You can use that unhappy statistic to your advantage by keeping a close watch on liquidation sales and bankruptcy auctions. When the bar down the street goes out of business, you may be able to find some professional-grade barstools, tables and cleaning supplies for your home bar. These professional-quality items are likely to last a lifetime in your home bar, and those liquidation prices will fit right into your budget.

Create Your Own Bar Décor

You do not have to spend a fortune to decorate your home bar. In fact, you may not have to spend a cent to make your bar look like a million bucks. If you want some unique table and bar accents, just fill your empty wine bottles with fresh flowers or top them with taper candles.

You can find other bar accents, like neon beer signs, at estate sales, liquidation auctions and even rummage sales. Just keep an eye out and get ready to buy when you spot a bargain.

Do the Work Yourself

Hiring a contractor to build your home bar is enough to bust even the most generous budget. You can save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars by doing the work yourself.

You do not have to be a woodworking expert to create a great home bar. There are simple plans available online, and the materials you need to make those plans are reality are as close as your local lumberyard. It may take longer to build it yourself, but the savings will be well worth the extra time.

Being a smart shopper and doing the grunt work yourself is the best way to create  great home bar and still have money left over. Once the barstools are in place and the glasses all stacked, you can take the money you saved and spend it on liquor for you and a few dozen of your closest friends.


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