Creative Uses for Bar Tables in Your Home

Bar tables can get overlooked in design because their name dictates a specific function, and not everyone needs a bar in their home. So perhaps we should be calling them “high tables” to remind ourselves of their versatility. In room design, it’s desirable to have varying heights of furniture and accessories, and bar tables can add excitement as well as utility.

EcoChic Lifestyles offers one very special bar table, which you can see pictured in its native Southeast Asian milieu at the top of this post. The On The Rocks Bar Table features clean modern lines and a riot of color on the table top. Read on for some surprising places where a bar table can be the perfect piece of furniture for your home.


Storage and Prep Space in the Kitchen

The height of a bar table, usually 40″ to 42″ inches tall, is can work well for chopping and food preparation in the kitchen, particularly for taller home cooks. In this room, a rectangular table serves as a kitchen island.

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A bar table can be placed centrally because of its narrow profile, but it can also be moved to function as a table top, a bar area for guests at a party, or a buffet for hors d’oeuvres. Imagine our On The Rocks Bar Table in the Deep Drop colorway in your kitchen below some open shelving as a high-top desk for household management. EcoChic furniture is great in the kitchen because of its teak construction and sealed surfaces.

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Side Board or Wall Table

If you have an empty length of wall in a hallway or open-concept space, consider placing a bar table there. It can act as a storage surface for books, or as an informal dining spot. In this design, the small galley kitchen doesn’t leave room for a breakfast nook, and this streamlined table allows a view of the windows without taking too much floor space.

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Hang a picture, a mirror, or an art grouping above. The bar table will act as an anchor for the display while providing a very functional space.


Console Table in the Living Room

A bar table can work very nicely behind a tall couch. You may find that a bar table has less depth than a traditional console or sofa table, so it fits well in tight spaces. It also provides surface area for lamps, plants, and other accessories.

The On The Rocks Bar Table in the Electric Blue colorway will punch up the energy in a living room while disappearing visually against a white wall or sofa.

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Bar Table as Bar

We don’t need to tell you that you can use a bar table on the patio or in the family room as a spot to sit for drinks and conversation. But have you thought about using a bar table as an actual bar for storing bottles and glassware and mixing cocktails?

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A unique table can add a lot of design appeal to a room. Or you can choose a piece that is visually lighter. Lucite, as seen in the table above, makes the bar seem smaller and puts the emphasis on the beautiful liquor bottles, tray, and glasses.


Entrance Table in the Hallway

We love a high table for storage and display in an entranceway. The sight of the On The Rocks Bar Table in Sea Star every time you come home would be sure to brighten your mood. Find some beautiful bowls to hold keys and sunglasses, and style out the wall above with decorative hooks, baskets, and message boards.

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The bar table—what can’t it do? We hope you’ve drawn some inspiration from our ideas to incorporate one of these versatile pieces in your home.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.