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Bar basics for your home

india Updated: May 22, 2010 01:27 IST
Divya Lakshmi
Divya Lakshmi
Hindustan Times
Home furnishing

A mini bar at home can be an elegant, sophisticated and a fun place to unwind. But they are also a great décor idea. So keep these in mind while converting a space into a small bar:

Depending on the availability of space, decide the type of bar and accessories.

The ideal counter space for a bar is 7’ 3” feet. But you can manage with less.

A bar can be located in any corner of your house.

If you have a compact corner in an apartment then a bar should be a close cabinet. When you open it, the cabinet should have all the compartments to store and serve liquor.

Ideally you should know your bar theme before you start your shopping. You can pick up any theme from sleek to modern and English to sports depending on your idea of a bar.

One can use a leather panel, veneer or Italian marble top for the bar counter.

A few essentials:

Glasses — wine, shot glasses, tall to cocktail glasses.

Ice bucket with tongs, wine and bottle opener, stirrer, corkscrew, shaker, peg measurer, coasters, strainer, bar towels, ice crusher and bar spoons.

Liquors dispensers; bar stools; glass racks; bottle shelves; juice containers and snacks bowls.

(With inputs from Nupur Gupta, interior designer, Alchemy and Mukul Goyal, product designer)