Creating a Simple Outdoor Bar Space

August 27, 2021

The great New Zealand summer all about enjoying an ice cold beer, chilled wine or refreshing cocktail outside on hot days and warm nights, and a personal outdoor bar with the right outdoor bar furniture takes that simple but satisfying joy to a whole new level. Why settle for cramped front porch get togethers or a couple of chairs in the garden when you can create a stylish outdoor watering hole all your own?

An outdoor bar is the ideal way to entertain in style, and in the comfort and intimacy of your own home. Whether your signature vibe is Balinese Boho, Coastal Cool or Pacific Paradise, there is a modern outdoor bar design to cater to every happy hour aesthetic, and we have bar stools, high top tables, bar height tables, counter-height bar chairs and more that will slide right into your space.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your own personal hot spot and spreading the word that this summer? – your place is the only place to be.

Outdoor Bar Furniture - Square Bar Table with 4 Verona Chairs

Teak Bar Set – Square Bar Table with 4 Verona Chairs

Welcome to Your Outdoor Bar

If you entertain groups of friends and family regularly, you most definitely need to create your perfect home bar setting with enough seating and space that everyone can feel at ease. Discover your own carefree sensibility by reimagining your exterior with an outdoor bar and outdoor bar furniture sets, blending the elements of the environment with the characteristics of its inhabitants to create the right aesthetic for the space.

Perhaps create your perfect outdoor bar using the Square Bar Table with Four Verona Chairs Teak Bar Set (right), a beautiful, bar height setting that will work for so many outdoor living spaces. At 90cm square, the Bar Height Table is perfect for seating four people along with several platters of nibbles and an ice bucket, and its handy umbrella hole allows for a little extra coverage from the hot New Zealand sun.

If you’re looking to create your own set with a little bit of an edge, start with the Raw Concrete Bar Height Table, a gorgeous contemporary piece made from edgy reinforced lightweight concrete. This beautiful bar table is the perfect addition to any home bar area, and offers room enough for four plus a cheeseboard or two and drinks. The standard bar height means you could use any of our bar height chairs or stools to create a gorgeous set for any outdoor space, like the chic Nairobi Outdoor Bar Stool in sophisticated white. Made with a powder-coated steel frame and expertly wrapped with an outdoor wicker weave, the latter has the perfect amount of give so no cushion is needed.

Or, for a more organic feel, add a quartet of the rustic-meets-contemporary Curve Reclaimed Teak Counter Stool. With no arms and naturally finished, reclaimed teak construction, it adds a touch of modern sophistication to any bar setting.

Kingston 4 Metre Cantilever Umbrella (Black)-1394

Kingston Cantilever Umbrella in Black

Cover up where you can

If you have a patio roof or covered area, chances are you’ll be more likely to stay outside when it gets dark and the temperatures begin to lower. You can partition off part of your outdoor bar using larger planters sporting impressive shrubs for extra shelter, and add a large cantilever umbrella like our Antigua and Kingston styles for even more protection. Both sport Sunbrella® shade fabrics too, which means they will stay looking beautiful in even the most inclement weather. This is due to the unique makeup of Sunbrella® fibres, which come saturated with highly UV stable pigments. Traditional dyeing methods only add colour to the fibre’s exterior, but Sunbrella®’s performance characteristics are an integral part of the fabric. This means they are not an applied finish that would wash off over time, and will maintain their signature hue for many years to come.

Accessorise your Outdoor Bar in style

Handi Small Outdoor Aluminum Round Tray (Charcoal)

For the perfect outdoor bar accessory, look no further than our Handi Circular Trays (right), crafted from powder coated aluminium for outdoor  – and indoor – use. Available in a superb charcoal or light grey hue and in two sizes, these beauties are perfect for the home as well as outdoor use. A contemporary piece that is very robust, the Handi collection is also available in a rectangle shape, offering up many options for dressing your space.

BLOK Round Concrete Dish-884Oh and when it comes to creating the perfect platter, consider making a statement with our raw concrete round dish(left). Place it on a teak bar height table for a rustic look, or add it to your concrete set for a more contemporary flair.

If you’re near our furniture showroom, we’d love to host you for a tour of what’s on offer. Our pieces come fully assembled and can be picked up, ready to go from our distribution centre. Alternatively, we can ship your new pieces to anywhere, you might be using our astute delivery service.

Design Warehouse has been manufacturing and supplying luxury outdoor furniture to architects, designers, landscapers, hotels, resorts and private residences for over 25 years, so when we say we know what’s best for outdoor style… you can rest assured that we have the knowledge to back it up.

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