Home Decor Inspiration: The Perfect Bar Cart

Bar Cart Inspiration

We’re moving into a new apartment soon so that means new spaces to decorate! So far, it’s looking like we have room for a small entertaining area. I’m thinking that space would be perfect for a bar cart! They are the cutest and booziest things ever but where to start? Here are a few ideas if you’re planning to curate your own bar cart.

West Elm Home Decor Bar Cart

West Elm Terrace Bar Cart

Raise your hand if you’re in love with bar carts. Ok. I counted 513.7 hands. Now that we’ll have a little extra space for entertaining, immediately my mind went to bar. For the last few weeks, I’ve been sitting at my computer perusing home decor sites looking for inspiration. I am putting a few tips I’ve found all in one place. You’ll also find a few of my wish list items here.

Get a Bar Cart, duh.

Home Decor Bar Cart

Target, Gold Bar Cart

So first things first, you’ll need a bar cart or bar tray to display all of your bar related items. I absolutely LOVE this one at Target. It’s under $300, which is a steal! I’ve noticed that the carts can get a little pricey, but hey. It’s the foundation so it needs to be quality. This one is simple and has plenty of space. The only thing I would consider is getting one with higher edges around the top just in case something rolls around. Wouldn’t want your glasses falling off, right?

Home Decor Bar Cart

Glassware, Don’t Overdo It!

Glassware Home Bar

Boho Beach Bungalow

I love love love this infographic by Boho Beach Bungalow. Here’s a break down of the essential glassware for a bar.

1. old fashioned glass
2. coup
3. champagne flute
4. beer glass
5. wine glass (red and white)
6. martini
7. collins glass
8. shot glass

Even though you have 8 options here, DO NOT try to put all of these on your bar cart! When you’re thinking of what kind of glassware to display, think of the signature drink you’ll be serving. You don’t need to display old fashioned glasses if you’re serving up champagne cocktails. Same thing goes for if you’re doing tequila shots. It makes no sense to have martini glasses on display. Swap out that glassware!


Bar Cart Glassware

Joss & Main

Shake It Up

Bar Cart Inspiration

Williams Sonoma Cocktail Shaker

Get yourself a good shaker and cocktail set. It’s really up to your personality and how you want to curate your bar cart. You can either go classic or get a little fun by displaying a shaker that’s a unique shape or has wild colors.

Red Dress Boutique

Blame It On The Alcohol


This tip is kind of pointless but I’ll say it any. Put your libations on display. If you really want to step up your bar cart game, it’s really beautiful seeing carts that have a color scheme down to the liquor bottle. Don’t be afraid to showcase your mixers too! I’m talking about your seltzers,  juices and garnishes. Beautify these items by putting them in cute bowls or in pretty pitchers.

Bar Cart Inspiration

Bar Cart Inspiration


Knick Knacks are Key

Last but certainly not least, show your personality with a collection of knick knacks. From playful straws to adorable ceramic figurines, your bar cart knick knacks are the perfect way to make your cart fun.’s decor section is going to be the death of my bank account.

Bar Cart Inspiration


Bar Cart Straws


Cinema Light Bar Cart Decor


Pineapple glass bar cart


I can’t wait to get my bar cart set up. As soon as we get settled into our new place I will share pictures of our bar cart with you all. You can start RSVP’ing now for the apartment warming party. Who’s coming over for brunch and cocktails?

Happy Sipping!

[Burly + Puff]

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  • Reply Lee

    I love this! We have a bar cart and I love mixing it up for each season. One thing I will add is a tray! Having a tray on your cart makes it easy to mix several drinks and serve them.
    xo, Lee

    May 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Traci

    Love the gold carts, and especially those adorable striped straws from Etsy! Thanks for sharing these cute ideas! 🙂

    May 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Kate

    I was not even aware of bar carts until quite recently, but they really add something extra to a room. I’m seriously considering getting one soon.

    May 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Mary Leigh

    I love the gold cart from Target! I agree with Lee’s comment on a tray that you can pick up and carry things around on for guests. I also really appreciate that you added knick knacks to your list. It’s fun to show of your personality! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    May 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Yeah. I didn’t even consider the transpiration of the drinks. I was thinking more along the lines of a cute little display and prep area. But a bar tray would add another layer and it could be fun to play around with those as design elements too.

      May 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply LaToya C

    This is so great! You’ve got me wanting to get a bar cart now!

    May 9, 2017 at 2:04 am
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Do it! I’m sure with your taste in style you would create the cutest little thing.

      May 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Anali Martinez

    YAAAAAAAAAS! I want to have a super cute bar cart when we finally get a house. I am adding all of these to our wedding registry. Haha

    May 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Why wait to get a house?! We are planning to make a bar area in our apartment! The cool thing about the cart is that if you’re not using it for a bar you could use it in your room for storage or even display dishes and knick knacks. I say go for it! Even if you’re in an apartment.

      May 10, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Leighann

    All of these look legit!!! I want to do a bar cart so bad once our dining room is finished! PS- I love your blog name!

    May 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Thanks Leighann! These things are so cute in almost any space! Get that dining room finished girl! haha.

      May 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Stevie

    I have been wanting a bar cart but didn’t know how I would even make it look like it belonged in my house. Great ideas!

    May 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I love seeing how other people arrange their home bars. The gold bar cart is really stunning and the mirrored bottom shelf is a great way to get more storage while looking snazzy!

    May 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I love seeing how other people arrange their home bars. The gold bar cart is really stunning and the mirrored bottom shelf is a great way to get more storage while looking snazzy!
    -Elizabeth |

    May 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      I reallllllllyyyyyy love the mirrored bottom. I think that’s why this one caught my eye as I was window shopping online.

      May 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Johnson

    Love this! Such great ideas! I want a bar cart, it is just tough with two little ones in the house. It will have to wait till they are much older. 🙂

    May 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Yeah! That would be a lot of glass and falling objects for a little one. Playing it safe! What a great mom!

      May 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Kristin Cook

    I love the idea of a fun bar cart! We aren’t huge drinkers at our house but it would be fun to have for the occasional party!

    May 10, 2017 at 3:24 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Ahh! I totally forgot about modcloth for knick knacks! thank you!!!

    May 10, 2017 at 11:40 am
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      So did I! I used to make shopping carts of all their stuff. Never bought a thing because… budgets. haha.

      May 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Alexis

    I am currently on the hunt for the perfect bar cart! We received quite a few bar items for our wedding and now I just need a cute way to display them! Thanks so much for this. I’m definitely going to be saving it and sharing it on my next roundup of posts I love!

    May 10, 2017 at 11:48 am
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      Perfect! It sounds like you have a head start with bar gear! You’ll have to post yours! I love seeing pictures of these things.

      May 10, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Ali A

    Bar carts = so hot right now! Seriously, I LOVE them and also love seeing how people ‘style’ them and set them up. I’m not a big drinker so it seems kinda silly for me to have one, but I do love how they look 🙂

    May 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm
    • Reply Burly and Puff

      They are hot, so you you know I gotta hop on the trend train. Maybe you could do one for coffee or tea?

      May 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Haywood

    What a great idea for a statement piece right in the middle of your living room! I haven’t seen these for so long but I love the idea of bringing something classic back in a new way. I think having the glasses at different shapes and levels makes for such an interesting look!

    May 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Helen

    I love gold bar carts! I think they can really tie a whole room together. I love the idea of having different sized and shaped glasses.

    May 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I absolutely love this set up! Will definitely be pinning this for home inspiration! Beautiful decor combos!

    May 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Kelli-Anne Harris

    Oh this is such a lovely idea. It’s polished and elegant. I absolutely love it. Totally am going to make this my next project. Thanks for sharing.

    May 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply The Southern Thing

    I love that gold bar cart! I have one of the older Target carts. I think it’s time to upgrade!

    May 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Sondra

    These simple pieces are just amazing. It always astonishes me when you can add a little touch and it lights up the whole room. The JOSS & MAIN photograph really jumped out to me I may need to go shopping soon.

    May 12, 2017 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Jenn

    Love this! This may just turn into my weekend project. Thanks for the inspiration.

    May 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Alex Snider

    I love all of these! I would love to set up a cart for outside!

    May 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Ruthie

    Great inspiration! I love that bar cart! Perfect!!

    May 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Sea + terra

    Awesome selection!! Don’t you just love target’s dupes for high end stuff? 😍

    May 13, 2017 at 1:16 am
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