Some tips for buying bars and bar furniture are to consider the space where the furniture will go, the possible home resale value if it is permanently installed, and the appropriate materials required for the design style you hope to achieve. Remember to include lighting options in the design plans and price them along with the bar and furniture. When choosing furniture, purchase complimentary wood or metal colors and fabric choices. Purchase stools or chairs of the appropriate height.
Consider how you intend to use the bar, such as for a wine bar, a bar in a theater room or a "man cave" bar, to determine how elegant or playful the materials and decor should be. A darker wood with nice metallic accents is suited for elegant designs, while modern designs have mixed materials, such as concrete, brick and metal. Bars intended for liquor or beer are more casual or retro in appearance.
When considering resale value, choose a bar design that complements the architectural and interior design of the home. Before installing the bar, consult a real estate agent to get a professional point of view. If you choose a specific design style, such as a tiki bar, remember that fixtures, colors, accents and furniture need to match the design. For lighting, choose overhead lights to illuminate the whole space, but consider accent lighting under the bar or cabinets or neon signs for the walls.
Choose furniture made to handle spills and constant use. Choose stools that fit under the bar with enough room for legs. Consider high backs for comfort with fabric that complements the materials of the bar.