A Guide To Bar Cart Essentials

Bar carts are surprisingly a very practical addition to any home.

Whether you're using a cabinet, vintage cart, or even an ironing board, setting up a beautiful beverage station can be a wonderful way to add style to your dining room or kitchen. It can also be super functional for entertaining. It's a one-stop spot for guests to help themselves when their glass is empty. Bar carts are also fun to use in other areas of your home such as an entertainment set-up for your TV or as additional...MORE storage for books and special objects.

I recently put together an article on all of the essentials you'll need for setting up your own bar cart. You can check that out here. Once you have the basic supplies and equipment, you can style your cart to suit your decor, your party theme, or even the season. In case you need some inspiration, I've put together this collection of some of my favorite bar carts. From modern to vintage, one of these carts is sure to spark your imagination. 

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    Pretty In Pink

    Pretty in Pink Bar Cart
    Pretty in Pink Bar Cart. Gingersnaps

    Gingersnap is loving gold with her faux bamboo cart. I am digging how she paired pink with the piece to make it perfectly pretty. Some fresh flowers and a gin inspired cocktail mixed in the tinted pink mixer make this cart the cat's meow.

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    Console Table Bar

    Console Table Bar
    Console Table Bar. Design Sponge

    A bar area doesn't necessary have to be a cart. I love this console featured on Design Sponge. The cabinet stores a vintage glassware collection while the simple tray neatly corrals a cocktail station. Lesson here, sometimes less is more!

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    Gold Beverage Cart

    Gold Beverage Cart
    Gold Beverage Cart. Burlap and Lace

    Burlap and Lace created an elegant cart with touches of blue, green, and gold. She even added her own DIY artwork to make it extra special. The curved lines and gold frame make this cart feel like midcentury magic.

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    Turquoise Bar Cart

    Turquoise Bar Cart
    Turquoise Bar Cart. Style Me Pretty

    Style Me Pretty also used a vintage cart to fill an empty area below her stairs (sometimes these kind of spaces are the most difficult to decorate). The turquoise brings a beautiful pop of color while the artfully arranged items amp up the style. It's almost like a painting you can drink while entertaining!

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    Fall Bar Cart Styling

    Fall Bar Cart Styling
    Fall Bar Cart Styling. Julie Blanner

    Julie Blanner's fall-themed bar cart is still one of my favorites. As much as I love lots of fun accessories, there is beauty in simplicity. Often a couple bottles of wine and some gorgeous stem ware is all you need.

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    Stylish Bar Cart

    Stylish Bar Cart
    Stylish Bar Cart. Inspired by Charm

    A vintage cart and antique wood ironing board create a unique dining room bar at Inspired by Charm. Items can be rearranged in countless ways.

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    Vintage Metal Cart

    Vintage Metal Bar Cart
    Vintage Metal Bar Cart. A Beautiful Mess

    Reuse and recycle! A Beautiful Mess went green with their bar. They found an industrial cart at a flea market and gave it new life with a coat of paint.

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    Rustic Beverage Cart

    Rustic Beverage Cart
    Rustic Beverage Cart. The City Sage

    Speaking of vintage, this is a great cart from the City Sage. While not currently styled as a bar, it has so much potential. I also love that the weathered antique look went untouched. It adds interest and character.

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    Ironing Board Bar

    Ironing Board Bar Cart
    Ironing Board Car Cart. Homepolish

    More thinking outside the box. Over at Homepolish, a vintage ironing board and shelf become a functional bar and conversation piece.

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    Mixology Cart

    Mixology Cart
    Mixology Cart. Design Love Fest

    Design Love Fest is also using a cabinet to keep her home bar clutter free. While everything is neatly tucked away below, the most stylish pieces adorn the top, bringing color and life to the space. 

As you can see, there are some bar cart essentials (more details on that here), but there are no rules when it comes to styling a cart that is perfect for your space. Just have fun and create a unique area that fits your style and personality. Cheers!