8 Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Bar Setup

8 Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Bar Setup

At home bars are becoming increasingly popular as we are all spending more time in our homes. In fact, over the last 90 days, there has been an 80% increase in Google searches for “at home bars.” Because almost all bars and restaurants are currently closed, it seems that this may be the perfect time to start creating an entertaining bar area in your home. When creating and designing your home bar setup, homeowners are getting inventive, using previously wasted space or converting part of their basements into places of relaxation and enjoyment. Here are 8 tips to consider for your own home bar setup.

1. Turn wasted space into functional space

The empty wall you’ve been trying to find a use for, the little closet you don’t need or even use, or the nook you’re not sure what to do with, all can easily be transformed into a little home bar. Adding some shelves or cabinets allows for creative displays and small countertops, a console table, or bar cabinets will also give you a nice working space for a home bar setup. Use that wasted space in your home by creating a simple yet functional home bar.

2. Show off your wine collection

Fantastic wine displays are growing in popularity, with the wine cellar coming to the forefront. Glass fronted wine coolers are a nice choice because they keep the wine storage space refrigerated and allow your wine to be admired by others. You can also invest in shelves and storage for wine that does not need to be refrigerated. This option shows off your wine collection in another tasteful and beautiful way.

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3. Make cabinetry beautiful

There are so many different cabinet options available for storing drinks, bar glasses, and any other bartending tools. You might want to opt for cabinets with glass doors, floating shelves, or a fun and interesting cabinet design. These cabinet options will allow you to show off your collection of wine and spirits or unique cocktail glasses while also being very practical. Choose a cabinet design that flows with the existing design of your home. You can also add a pop of color to make your area stand out.

4. Be thoughtful about lighting

Putting a little extra thought and time into designing the perfect home bar setup goes a long way. The lighting can be just as important as the overall design. You can choose to install under cabinet lighting, unique pendants, rope lights tucked under shelves, or LEDs that change colo

5. Head to the basement

It’s so handy to have a home bar in a finished basement, whether it’s used for keeping juice, sodas, waters, and popcorn for family movie nights, or for creating new cocktails while hosting your family and friends. If you have the space available, start creating a home bar setup in your basement now. Start by building a countertop and installing some cabinets. Luxurious extras include a sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator so you don’t have to carry all your supplies up and down the stairs. This basement bar is the perfect place to have fun from the privacy of your own home.

6. Stock up on bar essentials

If you are planning on creating your own home bar setup you will want to make sure you stock it with the essentials. You can choose to go the traditional route and mimic a professional bar by buying all the liqueurs and tools, or you can customize your bar for what you like to drink most. Grab your favorite drinks and mixers and stock up on them. 

 The most common tools you should stock your bar with include; a cocktail shaker, jiggers, mixing spoon, mixing cups, a muddler, beer and wine opener, and a variety of different drink glasses. If you are lucky enough to have a refrigerator and freezer in your bar then buying some unique ice cube trays can definitely add extra flair to your drinks.

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7. Accent with reclaimed wood

People wanting to add an accent wall in reclaimed wood are finding a home bar is the perfect place to do it. Adding a reclaimed wood accent wall to your home bar setup is a quick and easy way to introduce an organic element into your home. Adding this accent wall is an inexpensive investment that can transform even the smallest spaces.

8. Decorate with purpose

A home bar is a perfect place to get creative with your design. You can add a pop of color to draw attention or you can match the colors with the rest of your home. You can enhance the space with fun signs or unique art as well as trendy bar stools or backsplashes. Have a favorite sports team? Add some fan gear and maybe even a small TV to watch your favorite games. The options are endless. Make your home bar setup a place that makes you happy and somewhere you look forward to hanging out. 

Originally Published on Redfin by Lexi Klinkenberg

  • Steve Banks
Temperature Deviations in Wine Cooling Cabinets

Temperature Deviations in Wine Cooling Cabinets

A very helpful article written by the experts at SwissCave.


Wine lovers are always surprised by how cool, not cool, cold or even hot the wine is when it comes out of the wine cooler cabinet. What temperature do I actually have in the wine cellar and what temperature is the wine itself? The one on the cabinet display? or a different one? Why is the display on the wine cooler different to my thermometer, which is in the bottle ? To answer these questions,, we first need to clarify which temperature we are talking about:

1. the temperature before or after the compressor has cooled

2. the temperature measured at the top, middle or bottom of the wine cooler

3. the temperature in the bottle, which I have taken out of the wine cooler and opened?

Technicians have a saying: ‘He who measures, measures rubbish’. Firstly, it must be realised that wine coolers work with tolerances, which are relevant for maturing wine, meaning they are not laboratory equipment and are not deemed so. A certain degree of temperature fluctuation is normal, as long as the average temperature remains stable. For the wine, it is not important if it is stored 2 degrees higher or lower, or if the temperature in the chamber follows a wave motion, as long as the average temperature remains stable. The mass of the wine changes temperature extremely slowly and has a balancing effect. The wine temperature does not follow each temperature deviation in the cooler, but instead remains stable at the average temperature. The ‘set’ temperature display may vary – depending on whether the compressor or fans are working or not, and even more so when the wine cooler door is opened. This can cause vortices which result in the display to momentarily show values that are too high or too low.Nevertheless this does not impact the wine temperature as such.

Inside a wine chamber, the temperature may vary between the bottom and top, and the front and back, depending on the compressor activity and the ambient temperature versus chamber temperature. In particular, the temperature at the bottom of the cooler is usually a few degrees cooler than at the very top. This is particularly true for large, single zone coolers. This effect can be made useful if you position the different types of wine more on the lower or upper shelves to suit its drinking/storage temperature. In 2 zone models, the arrangement of the cooling system means there is a minimum temperature delta of 5-6° between the upper and lower cooling chamber.

Below we look at three essential aspects:

1. Compressor / cooling system Many manufacturers of wine coolers define a temperature deviation of +/-2 degrees Celsius.

This usually refers to the hysteresis, i.e. the turning on of the compressor which, for example, occurs when the temperature sensor in the wine cooler measures a deviation of 2 degrees of the set temperature . However, this is far from the only – and not even the largest – temperature variation that we face.

2. Cooling cabinet temperature measurement

The temperature sensor itself also has a system inaccuracy – usually in the range of +/-1 degrees. A greater influence than this is the position of the temperature sensor. Here, deviations can be in the range of 3-6 degrees, depending on the product, refrigerator size and applied cooling system. The cool air sinks down slowly as the warmer air moves into the upper space. This can lead to noticeable temperature differences between the top and bottom, particularly in large wine coolers. Two-zone wine cabinets have the advantage that the individual cooling rooms are smaller and so have less temperature difference in the individual climate zones. Some manufacturers are working with fans to minimize the temperature differences by circulating air. However, the impact on overall energy consumption in this scenario is a drawback. With an automated On-/Off sequence, the power consumption of the fan can be minimized.

3. Wine Temperature As long as the wine is in the fridge, the wine temperature remains at the average value of the hysteresis of the cooling system.

If, for example, the cabinet has a regular variation of 2 degrees due to the cooling process, and the temperature fluctuates between 12-14 degrees Celsius, the wine temperature will remain at 13 degrees. Because the liquid in the wine bottles absorbs temperature differences incomparably slower compared to the mass of air in the refrigerator, the wine temperature remains stable, even if the cooled air follows a temperature wave form. This is true even if the temperature in the wine cooler increases, for example because the door was open more frequently or for longer periods. The temperature of the liquid remains stable due to its great mass. Now, if the wine is removed from the wine cooler, opened and poured into a glass, the temperature of the wine increases by around 2 degrees within just a few minutes. This should especially be considered if the wine cooler cabinet is operating in ‘drinking temperature control’ mode. If I want to enjoy white wine at 10 degrees, I should cool it at 8 or even 7 degrees. The same with red wine, which for example I would want to consume at 17 degrees. It should be cooled at 15 degrees.

Additional Remarks

Positioning the wine in the fridge:

When positioning the wine in the wine cellar, you can take advantage of the thermodynamics (warmer at the top, cooler below) by placing white wines and red wines to be stored for longer at the bottom, and younger, ready-to-drink red wine in the upper part of the wine cooling cabinet.

Ambient temperature:

Another influencing factor is the ambient temperature. If it is outside of the operating temperature range specified by the manufacturer, there may be temperature deviations. You will need to distinguish between two operating modes: the ideal operating temperature range that the wine fridge can meet with the specified deviations (in commercial systems it’s often around 15 – 30 degrees) – and the allowed operating temperature range, which may be much wider (e.g. 0 – 35 degrees), but here the real achieved temperature may deviate substantially from the set value.

Energy consumption:

Another issue is energy consumption. Besides the choice of cooling system and the insulation efficiency, energy consumption also depends on the ambient temperature – and not – as is sometimes mistakenly assumed – on the temperature set on the control board. Having said that, the wine cooler must be put in a place where plenty of air circulation along the cooling fins is possible (air fins are usually placed on the rear wall of the cabinet). If, on the other hand, the wine fridge is located in a cold room and needs to be heated by the heating coil to the desired temperature, energy consumption particularly depends on the actual average cabinet temperature in relation to the actual average ambient temperature, as well as on the efficiency of the heating system and insulation.

  • Steve Banks