17 DIY Mini Bars to Mix Up Your Home Decor

After a long day, almost nothing is as relaxing as enjoying a cocktail. If you like to unwind with a drink but don't always like the stress or expense of going out on the town to get one, try setting up your own minibar. While there are plenty of options available to purchase, concocting your own bar lets you bring out your personal style. You can make a DIY bar from scratch or rely instead on easy upgrades to existing pieces. Whichever route you choose, the joy of constructing your own minibar is that you can customize it to your needs, whether your goal is to create more storage, display your liquor collection, or just provide a gathering spot for friends. Getting thirsty? Grab a drink, take a seat, and savor these 17 tempting ideas for a DIY minibar.

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  1. Discreet Hideaway


    This wall-mounted cabinet is a sly way to keep a minibar hidden from sight. The fold-down door, held in place by chains, creates a table when lowered, instantly expanding your entertaining space.

    Related: 16 Sneaky Storage Ideas

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  2. Colorful Connoction


    This minibar console was made from a table that was cut in half and bolted to the wall. Its open design leaves plenty of room for storage and creates enough space to hang wineglasses beneath the top shelf. A coat of cheerful yellow paint makes it bright and welcoming.

    Related: 5 Easy DIY Wine Racks


  3. Hide-and-Go-Drink


    If keeping adult beverages away from children is a concern, appropriating a small closet to use as a bar area lets you keep it under under lock and key. Adding a mirrored backsplash and downlights can quickly turn a dark closet from drab to fab and provide a secret and secure oasis for mom and dad.

    Related: Mirror Magic—10 Ways of Using Mirrors to Your Design Advantage


  4. Tune In


    Old TVs may no longer work, but they can still be creatively functional. Bring some Mad Men–inspired style into your home by turning a vintage set into a compact bar. This 1960s TV was gutted and retrofitted with shelves and lights to provide a charming display space.

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  5. Off the Wall


    Here's the perfect minibar solution for a small apartment. Clustering wine racks and shelves on a wall creates the feeling of a bar without taking up any floor space. Hang a chalkboard over the display to tie the arrangement together and set a cheerful tone. 

    Related: How To Install Floating Shelves


  6. Kitsch from the Kitchen


    Kitchen carts are easy to repurpose as a minibar because they offer lots of built-in storage and plenty of room for a wine rack underneath the cabinet. Painting the cart a funky color strikes a lighthearted mood that invites a party atmosphere.


  7. File It Away


    This clever idea repurposes a library card catalog to store liquor bottles. The handy labels on the front of the drawers mean that you won't need the Dewey Decimal System to find your drink of choice.


  8. Nifty and Thrifty


    It is easy to create the look of a custom bar cart on a shoestring budget. Colorful stick-on drawer liner transforms this affordable IKEA cart in a matter of minutes. Attach fun signage—like wooden letters that spell ‘"bar"—for even greater graphic impact.


  9. Turning the Corner


    Proudly show off your finest liquors by building a dazzling display wall to house them. This eye-catching floating bar can fill a gap between cabinets or make great use of an awkward corner. 


  10. Rake It Up


    Use a small garden rake to hold wineglasses, adding a moment of whimsy and charm to a tabletop bar area. Simply bolt the tool to the wall, but first make sure your chosen rake has prongs that are long enough to securely hold the stems of your glassware.

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  11. Pipe Dreams


    Amp up your industrial chic style with a bar cart made from metal pipe pieces and wood boards. All the materials can be found at your local hardware store, but be sure to add casters on the bottom to make the heavy cart easily portable.

    Related:  10 DIY Pipe Fitting Projects (No Plumbing Required)


  12. On the Wagon


    The bed of a classic red wagon serves as a neat container for bottles and glasses, particularly when set on top of an antique sewing machine base. This vintage look is great for indoors or outdoors fun; the wagon could even be filled with ice to serve as a temporary cooler for parties.

    Related: Keep Your Cool with 10 DIY Ice Chests


  13. Block It Off


    This DIY minibar is as easy as it gets. Simply alternate stacking cinderblocks and wood boards to create a basic bar and shelves. The juxtaposition of concrete and wood will bring a modern flair to any interior.


  14. A Great Vintage


    This rustic bar is made from a charming vintage door, shelves, and balusters. To re-create the aesthetic, paint a clear coat to seal off peeling paint, and add shelves to provide storage space for bottles and glasses. Round out the look by attaching a metal ice bucket at the base for storing larger bottles.

    Related: Antiquing vs. Distressing—8 Tips to Creating an Antique Patina


  15. Renewed Purpose


    Vintage furniture is always a charming addition to a home, but repurposing vintage pieces in smart ways makes them even more appealing. This roll-top cabinet with a tilt-out bin is perfectly suited for holding glasses and bottles.


  16. Another Round


    This dated column side table was given a spiffy paint job to transform it into a modern minibar. A pop of green on the inside highlights the goodies within, and hooks added to the door provide a neat place to hang towels and bottle openers.


  17. Travel Lightly


    Incorporating vintage suitcases as design elements has become a big trend. Transforming a suitcase into a cute minibar cabinet takes great advantage of both form and function; when closed, the repurposed luggage looks like artwork on the wall.

    Related: 10 Ways to Unleash the Potential of Your Blank Walls


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