Closet Minibars Are the Reno Trend We Didn’t Know We Needed

Bar carts? Old news. Basement bars? Only for the square-footage-endowed. But there is another solution we’ve been seeing a lot of lately: nooks and closets reimagined as chic, miniature wet bars. In an age of lifestyle gurus imploring us to live with less, we think we’ve finally found the inspiration to declutter our closets. Please, join us in plotting your own cocktail-bar transformation.

nook mini bar
Studio Ten 25; Photography: Shayna Fontana

Find Your Niche

If your home has an awkwardly shaped alcove (or clunky built-ins) underneath the eaves, give 'em the old sledge-hammer treatment—then outfit with custom cabinet lowers and a polished backsplash. We love the diminutive scale and fresh finishes in this Studio Ten 25 minibar.

wallpaper mini bar
Courtesy of Henry & Co. Design

Power Paper

Working with a shallow inset closet? Rip off the doors, add finished trimwork to the frame, then bling it out with statement-making wallpaper, art and floating shelves for your chicest glassware. (This glamorous wet bar by Henry & Co Design is the stuff. Of. Dreams.)

closet mini bar
Courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck

Closed Quarters

The perfect solution for purists: In this Jason Arnold-designed home, a sleek sliding door cordons off the scene. When company arrives, just slide it open and let the party begin.

Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck

secret wine room
Marie Flanigan Interiors; Photography: Julie Soefer Photography; Builder: The LaRocque Group


We’re swooning over the walk-in wine bar off this Marie Flanigan-designed sitting room. If you want to follow suit and turn a closet into a little slice of Tuscany, see the theme through by adding a stylish tasting table. (Necessary, right?)

mirrored mini bar
PALOMA CONTRERAS DESIGN; Photography: Max Burkhalter

Mirror, Mirror

But the biggest pro to this decadent reno choice? By "blowing out"your closet, you fold it's square footage into your usable living space.Paloma Contrerastook this enlarging effect one step further by lining aminibar in mirrored panels (hello,bright and airy vibes).
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Grace Beuley Hunt

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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.
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