How To Build A Home Bar On A Budget

Home bars have been popular in the USA for many years, and in recent years this popularity has only increased.

How To Build A Home Bar On A Budget

There are so many benefits to having a home bar in your house, and they aren’t just limited to the cost associated with drinking alcohol at home compared to at a local bar. 

When you have a home bar, it can really transform that area of your home into a social space.

It can make your house perfect for hosting multiple people all at once, and it really can transform the vibes of your home.

The only drawback of installing a home bar is that this is generally quite an expensive project. Or is it? 

Like with many home renovation projects, if you want to, you can easily build a home bar in your house on a budget (see also “How To Build An Outdoor Kitchen On A Budget“).

This project can be as expensive or as budget-friendly as you make it.

So, even if you have a very tight budget for the project, this is still something that you can definitely do!

In this guide, we’re taking a look at how to build a home bar on a budget, including potential costs and ways to make your home bar really unique to your home. Read on to find out more! 

What Is A Home Bar?

First things first, let’s take a really quick look at exactly what a home bar is.

Well, as the name suggests, a home bar is simply a bar that you install in your home.

It is very common for people to install home bars in their houses, especially among people who often host guests or throw a lot of parties. 

Having a home bar can totally transform a specific area of your home.

It is common for people to install home bars in living areas of the home where people usually visit, and it is great for keeping all your alcoholic beverages in one area. 

Home bars are common both indoors and outdoors, and you can really make them as fancy as you like.

You can have a simple home bar that is made up of a bar cart, or you can install a very fancy home bar, complete with beer on tap.

The choice is entirely yours! 

Can You Build A Home Bar On A Budget?

Now that we have taken a look at what a home bar is, let’s quickly take a look at whether, or not, you can build a home bar on a budget.

Yes, you absolutely can build a home bar on a budget.

The beauty of home bars is that you can make them as fancy or as low-key as you want, and this means you have a lot of room for movement when it comes to budget. 

To build your very own home bar, all you will need is patience, time, and a small amount of DIY experience.

With these three things, you will easily be able to build your own budget home bar. So, let’s take a look at how you do it. 

How To Build A Budget Home Bar

How To Build A Home Bar On A Budget

Building a home bar on a budget isn’t as difficult as you might expect, below we’ve outlined a step-by-step guide to follow if you want to build your own home bar. 

Step One

The first thing that you need to do is decide on a space for your home bar.

Going into this project, you might have an area of your home that you have been saving to create a bar in.

The space that you have at hand is critical as this will dictate the size of your bar. 

A lot of people choose to fit their home bar in their kitchen or dining room, while others choose to have it in the lounge.

No matter where you choose to fit your home bar, you need to begin by deciding on where it is going. 

Step Two

Once you know what space you are working with, you can then come up with ideas for your home bar.

If you have cabinets that can be built into the home bar, then this is a great way to create an expensive-looking home bar on a budget. 

If you are working with an empty space, then it might be a good idea to purchase some sort of storage to create the area of your home bar.

A lot of people opt for bar carts to do this, and other people choose chests of drawers.

We would recommend going for a mid-height chest of drawers if you do not have existing cabinets. 

Step Three

Above your cabinet/chest of drawers, we would recommend fitting some shelves to the wall.

Shelves are perfect for displaying your spirits, and they can really make the area feel like a bar.

Alternatively, you could use the shelving to display your various glasses. 

If you are a spirit drinker, then you might choose to invest in some drink measures to fit to the wall above the cabinet.

These can really create a “bar” area for your home. 

Step Four

With your shelving in place, and your spirits fixed to the wall, it is time to fill your cabinets.

Use this space to store your different types of glasses, an ice bucket, straws, umbrellas, and lots more. 

To create a bar feel, we would recommend keeping a small amount of bar paraphernalia out on display.

But it is best to store anything that could be lost or damaged safely in the cabinet. Just like that, your bar area is complete! 


In short, building a home bar for your house isn’t actually as tricky a task as you might expect.

You really can make this job as easy or as difficult as you want, likewise, you can make it as budget-friendly or as expensive as you desire. 

In this guide, we’ve focused on building your very own home bar on a budget.

So, if you haven’t got a lot of money to dedicate to this project, follow this guide to make your very own budget-friendly home bar. 

We hope you have found this information helpful. Thanks for reading! 

Luke Powell
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