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August 5, 2014
Sips and square footage aren’t mutually exclusive, so why should small homes lack well-stocked bars? We share seven ways to upgrade your bar without sacrificing space.
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  In a midcentury San Francisco home, a custom wet bar by Atlas Industries was designed to merge with the modular shelving so it seamlessly encircles the kitchen without taking up extra inches.   Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    In a midcentury San Francisco home, a custom wet bar by Atlas Industries was designed to merge with the modular shelving so it seamlessly encircles the kitchen without taking up extra inches. 

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
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  A marble topped island in the kitchen doubles as a bar in a 1980s home in Borrego Springs, California, when it’s time for entertaining. A massive wall of Heath Ceramics tile elevates the simple color palette.   Photo by JUCO.

    A marble topped island in the kitchen doubles as a bar in a 1980s home in Borrego Springs, California, when it’s time for entertaining. A massive wall of Heath Ceramics tile elevates the simple color palette. 

    Photo by JUCO.
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  When built-in bars aren’t an option, a metal cabinet can do the trick. Architect Cass Calder Smith paired his with a “roaring fire” in his SoHo apartment. 

   Photo by Brian Finke. Courtesy of BRIAN FINKE.

    When built-in bars aren’t an option, a metal cabinet can do the trick. Architect Cass Calder Smith paired his with a “roaring fire” in his SoHo apartment. 

     

    Photo by Brian Finke. Courtesy of BRIAN FINKE.
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  An awkward corner in the hallway is transformed into a nifty bar with glass cabinetry and teal tiles in a Chicago flat.   Photo by Matthew Williams.

    An awkward corner in the hallway is transformed into a nifty bar with glass cabinetry and teal tiles in a Chicago flat

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  It takes dedication, but architect Michael Chen’s “party wall” for a compact Chelsea apartment is the ultimate space saving bar area.

    It takes dedication, but architect Michael Chen’s “party wall” for a compact Chelsea apartment is the ultimate space saving bar area.

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  Designer Jen Turner’s NewYorker, is a desk and a bar in one designed for a high-functioning studio apartment. Best of all, the casters allow you to wheel it away when you are finished.

    Designer Jen Turner’s NewYorker, is a desk and a bar in one designed for a high-functioning studio apartment. Best of all, the casters allow you to wheel it away when you are finished.

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  This bright laundry room in Boston conceals a mini wet bar—proof that you don't need a dedicated drinking area to make a functional bar.  Photo by Eric Roth.

    This bright laundry room in Boston conceals a mini wet bar—proof that you don't need a dedicated drinking area to make a functional bar.

    Photo by Eric Roth.
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Atlas designed the wet bar to meld seamlessly with the modular shelving that encircles the kitchen.

In a midcentury San Francisco home, a custom wet bar by Atlas Industries was designed to merge with the modular shelving so it seamlessly encircles the kitchen without taking up extra inches. 

Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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