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Design a Perfect Wet Bar for Your Home With These 5 Helpful Tips

If you have some extra space at home that you would love to turn into something fun, functional and unique, you should definitely consider installing a wet bar. A wet bar is a one-stop-shop where you can store and serve food and drinks, but what makes it different from a dry bar is a sink. That’s why a little bit more planning is required when it comes to wet bar installation.


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Wet bars are great for home entertainment, storing and preparing drinks and having a fun time with your friends and family. They’re also a great addition to offices and retail spaces. If you’re considering installing a wet bar, take a look at these great ideas that may help you!

What Makes a Perfect Wet Bar

Wet bars come in many different shapes and sizes, but first, let’s take a look at what every wet bar should have. Key components that make a perfect wet bar are kitchen cabinets for storage, a bar sink, some sort of a refrigerator and bar lighting. There are other things you can add to enhance your wet bar, like a wine rack, wine glass holder, ice maker, glass doors, a hanging TV for a sporty feeling, or anything else that comes to mind.

Choose Perfect Cabinets for Your Wet Bar

The first thing you need to do is to choose cabinets for your wet bar. White shaker cabinets are always a good idea as they make the perfect blank canvas for designing your wet bar in any style. Check out this collection of white shaker cabinets at Nelson Cabinetry that may be a perfect fit for your wet bar!


White cabinets are a timeless solution for a wet bar

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Choosing the Right Sink

You can’t have a wet bar without a sink. A bar sink is usually much smaller than a standard kitchen basin. Typically, it’s just big enough for washing your hands or cleaning the glasses. There are three types of sinks you can consider: drop-in sinks, undermount sinks or farmhouse sinks. Sinks come in different shapes, usually square, round or rectangular.


Most wet bar sinks are made of stainless steel as it’s a durable and easy to maintain material. Select a faucet that will fit into the vibe of your home. For example, if your home is traditional you should select a traditional faucet.


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Refrigeration for Your Drinks

Most beverages need to be stored in a cold spot, that’s why you will need a refrigerator of some sort. This can either be a wine fridge or a beverage cooler and if you have enough space you can include both. Of course, you should choose refrigeration based on your usage. If you love drinking white wine, then a wine refrigerator needs to be your priority. Some people also like to include an ice maker in their wet bar so they don’t have to run to the kitchen every time they need ice.

Wine Racks

Wine racks are the most common way to store wine bottles. They offer functionality while being aesthetically pleasing at the same time. If you love drinking wine or have an impressive wine collection, consider installing a wine rack in your wet bar so you can openly store your bottles.

Install Bar Lighting

Adding some kind of accent lighting is a great way to enhance the look of your wet bar. Consider installing under-cabinet lighting. Not only does it look great (especially if you have accessories in your wet bar), but it is also very practical.


If you’re not a fan of under-cabinet lighting, you can use pendant lights that hang from the ceiling by a cord, chain or bar. They come in many different styles and shapes that can suit everyone’s needs. If you have a big wet bar, you can also look into linear chandeliers as a statement-making centerpiece.





Today, we had a look at the most important components of a wet bar. You need to choose fitting cabinets (and white is always a great choice), a sink, places where you can store your drinks and a  bar lighting.  Of course, there are plenty of other ways to design your perfect wet bar and express yourself. Follow our blog because we will bring you more wet bar design inspiration soon!

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