5 Easy Budget-friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Home Bar

Last Updated on March 25, 2022 by Kravelv

Do you have a home bar? Is it outdoors or in the house? We like them either way, as we simply love a bar in the home!

Home bars are a great place to enjoy quality time with friends and family – watching your favorite sports, chatting, and building long-lasting memories.

ways to upgrade your home bar

Plus, having a home bar means you can enjoy your favorite drinks, whenever you want in the comfort of your own space.

But if your bar is feeling a bit stale, and needs a little upgrade, we’ve got some great tips for you that are easy to implement, and budget-friendly.

Check out our tips for upgrading your home bar below: 

1. Back bar coolers

When you go to a commercial bar, they have these brilliant back bar coolers that not only look great but keep all the bottles cool.

Have you ever considered one for your home bar?

Not only are they surprisingly affordable, but having an authentic bar cooler in your home bar takes it to the next level, and adds a touch of elegance and class.

They run on standard mains electric outlets and come in a range of styles, so you can choose one that’s perfect for the space and design of your home bar. Check them out now – we reckon they’re a great addition to a home bar.

2. Mood lighting

One of the most popular home bar trends at the moment is mood lighting. Creating the right atmosphere in your bar gives it that ‘professional’ feel without being far from home.

Lighting helps you transform a space to suit your preferences. 

You know when you go to a cool club or bar, and they have colored lights and up lighters that give a brilliant aura? You can that in your home bar with the right LED lights.

You can also create a cozy, dim-lit atmosphere like the old-school bars. Pair that with some leather sofas, a wooden bar counter, and some moody music and you’ve got the kind of home bar all your friends and family will be jealous of!

Check out the LED lighting options available. You’ll see they’re the most cost-effective and energy-efficient types of lighting on the market.

Plus, many of them come with pre-programmed effects, or remote controls so you can play around and create a different atmosphere in your bar depending on your mood.  

3. Bright colors

What color is your home bar? Is it painted in muted hues? Why not push the boat out and go for a bright color in your bar?

Whether it’s on a statement wall, or throughout, a bright interior can really make your bar into an iconic part of your home. 

Go for bright colors – think yellows and reds, blues and greens – for the interior décor, and give it a look that makes it truly individual. Your home bar should reflect your own character. Inject some quirky fun into space and make it yours.

If you’re a die-hard sports fan, why not use the colors of your favorite team and make it a theme bar of sorts. You can do so much using colors to give a bar a special look – there are loads of ideas for inspiration online, so start browsing now, and we’re sure that you’ll find something that really captures your imagination!

4. Vintage furniture

Retro is really ‘in’ right now. So if you’re low on budget but really want to give your home bar a facelift, consider the vintage or retro look. You can pick up older furniture online for very affordable prices.

This area of interior design  appeals to a wide range of people, and can really work well in a home bar. Think ‘speakeasy’ style, or go all out with genuine vintage furniture – pick it up for next to nothing at auctions – and lighting, and your very own old-style one-armed bandit!

It’s a great look that can be enjoyed by all and one that will give your visitors something to talk about!

5. Add audio

Our final piece of advice for upgrading your home bar is this: you’ve got the look, the furnishings, the lighting, and the drinks – all you need is the sound!

Music makes such an impact on the overall ambiance of the space. Whether you love chilled out, moody jazz, or high-energy rock music, you need a good sound system to complete the ‘look’. 

Now, if you have an outdoor bar, you need to keep the music at an acceptable level so you don’t upset the neighbors – why not invite them over for some drinks?! But music is still essential.

Just like any commercial bar, music in your home bar helps create just the right atmosphere and reflects your character.

Now you know our five great ideas for improving your home bar. We are sure you’ll get plenty of inspiration from them, and your bar upgrade will be absolutely stunning.

Have fun thinking up fresh and interesting decoration ideas for your bar, and keep injecting your style and personality into your space. We know it will be successful!  

Kravelv is a full time digital marketer and part time furniture and cabinet maker. During his free time he would like to create something out of recycled woods, this varies from toys, furnitures plant boxes etc. Follow him on Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook