Throwing one back at home has never been easier.
Warning: the third and final installment of Ikea Hacks for The Home Bartender series is photo heavy. That’s kinda the point of a photo gallery, right? 🙂
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m obsessed with Ikea. In the first part of this series, I explored 14 different bar cart options. In the second part, I delved into all the organizational options for a built-in bar. It’s everything my 20-something-year-old self would have wanted and more.
Now, onto the built-ins. Ikea furniture can be reworked in so many different ways – as a side cart, in a Gentleman’s study, as a dry bar, a wet bar, a porch bar, a library quirk, a corner anchor, or a lighting feature. That’s what makes this roundup so fun. So get inspired… then send me an invite once the work is done!!
If you have an underutilized dresser, a bookshelf, an abandoned closet, or a space under your stairs, you’re already one step ahead of the game.
1. Besta When it Sizzles
Simple, elegant, refined. All things you won’t be if you avail yourself of the elixirs stored here.
2. Outdoor Tripping Billy
Debbie gives this old standby a painted metallic look in this DIY tutorial.
3. No Holds-Bar’ed Billy
The countertop is also Ikea. See the full tutorial here.
4. Victorian Rebel
The bar station in this 1885 Victorian Row House will make you want to throw your hands up in the air. Full tutorial using Numerar cabinets and Akurum countertops here.
5. Sektion Stunner
This built-in dry bar was definitely a labor of love. What was once a closet covered in oak doors evolved into a mess of wiring and new drywall. And finally, this. Bravo Stacy!
6. Self-Serving Shelving
No room for a big piece of furniture? No problem. Ikea shelving gives you a built-in option that doesn’t detract from the square footage of your room. You may want to add extra screws for securing these to the studs, however, as the shelves themselves can get pretty heavy under the weight of liquor bottles.
7. Glass Sipper
This Expedit (i.e. Kallax, Expedit is discontinued) bar hack makes it appear as though you’ll have to chisel out your drink with an ice pick! This effect can be credited to the use of custom glass and etched glass window film. LED lighting completes the look.
8. Stacked Odds-N-Ends
Simple glass doors, white lighting and the Divide 9 complete this Expedit/Kallax bar hack. You’ll need to brush up on your German to understand this tutorial.
On-the-go lifestyle? How about a bar in a suitcase? Brush up on your French if you want to learn how one couple outfitted their entire home with Ikea hacks and somehow fit all of their bar goods into one amazing leather trunk.
10. All Things Kallax
11. Insert Pax Wardrobe Here!
I’ve seen a few tutorials with converted wardrobes turned into bars, but none with the Pax wardrobe. This would present an excellent opportunity to customize a built-in bar to your tastes (shabby chic, farmhouse, chalk board designs, etc). The image on the left belongs to this Pax tutorial, and the image on the right can be found here.
The image below comes close to the end product I’m envisioning.
Lastly, I wanted to conclude this post with a few inspirational built-in bar photos because that could be easily replicated with Ikea cabinetry, Lack shelving or countertops.
I love this bar because it contains a slider door where all their wine is tucked away! Full tutorial here.
How dreamy is this built-in? The chalk board wall, the mini fridge, the spring time flowers…guys, I just can’t.
Phew! I hope this gives you some amazing ideas to jumpstart your next Ikea hack.
What is your favorite design element or project here? I’d love to hear your feedback! As always, build responsibly~