Okay, so maybe you're a few years away from a custom-designed wet bar fit for the Playboy Mansion. But that doesn't mean you can't upgrade your pad with some creative home bar designs fit for Hef himself. If you've got an afternoon, a power drill, and a resilient spirit that's not afraid of gluing your fingers together, you can tackle these 10 projects and start boozing like a pro.
Ice chest cabinet
Sawing out the middle of an Ikea TARVA three-drawer ice chest and adding a hinge top to fit a cooler inside makes a sharp outdoor bar, with prep space on top and extra storage in the drawers below. [See more]
Adding legs to a bookshelf dresses up a standard piece of furniture, and gives you plenty of room to openly display your items, so a glass is always in reach. [See more]
Concrete crate bar
A coat of paint, wooden pallets, and some concrete bricks are a timeless outdoor solution for a backyard that's short on space. This cheap and narrow solution has a rugged farmhouse look you can enjoy all summer long. [See more]
The Murphy bar
The tipsier cousin of the Murphy bed, this wall-mounted, fold-out bar is ideal for outdoor elements, since its collapsible surface allows for complete closure of the unit. [See more]
Sideways cabinet bar
Turning the conventional storage unit on its head (see what we did there?) and affixing legs to this usually-wall-mounted cabinet doubles the space, and the swinging doors protect your glassware. [See more]
Repurposed Bathroom Bar
A sleek bar like this one can actually be created from a former over-toilet bathroom rack. One like this can be slid over an exiting cabinet or bar cart to create a towering beverage beacon that triples your space, and keeps delicate barware out of reach.