3 November 2022
Creating a Fantastic Outdoor Bar at Home
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 an outdoor bar at home with the right outdoor bar furniture takes that simple but satisfying joy to a whole new level of fun. 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 that is 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 Island Paradise, there is a modern outdoor bar design to cater to every happy hour aesthetic, and at Design Warehouse 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 very own at-home hot spot, and spreading the word that this summer – your place is the only place to be.
Welcome to the Outdoor Bar
If you entertain groups of friends and family regularly, you most definitely need to create a 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 your own signature style to create the right aesthetic for your space.
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 if you’re looking for a more substantial bar seating option, add a quartet of our stunning, top quality Washington Rope Outdoor Bar Stools. Modern flair and designer style are qualities present in this incredible piece, which is from the exquisite Washington Furniture Collection. Alternatively, grab a couple of Maid Reclaimed Teak Bar Stools – a style that is functional, simplistic and has classic good looks. At just a little over 75cm tall, it is the perfect height to sit at your outdoor bar or indoor pub, and will age beautifully over time.
If you have a smaller space to play with, create an intimate outdoor bar setting using our Blok Outdoor Bar Table with two Pietro Chairs Outdoor Bar Set, a beautiful and hardwearing setting that will work so well in petite outdoor living spaces. The airy and contemporary bar stools contrast beautifully with the handsome reclaimed teak bar table, making for the perfect perch for two as the sun goes down.
Alternatively, if an urban edge is what your garden space is crying out for, look no further than our Raw Modern Bench. Plucked straight from a design magazine, it offers style and superior materials in one clean, beautifully streamlined piece. A simple half rectangular design means that the Raw Modern Concrete Bench suits a multitude of different spaces; making for a great standalone piece for your garden, or on a patio to compliment your concrete or teak dining table. Crafted using a composite blend of resin and concrete so that it is substantially lighter than solid concrete, it is also easy to move around when needed and perfect for outdoor use.
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 Ascot 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 in style
For the perfect bar accessory, look no further than our Handi Circular Trays in gorgeous grey, crafted from powder coated aluminium for outdoor - and indoor - use. Available 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.
Oh and when it comes to creating the perfect platter, consider making a statement with our Blok raw concrete round dish or Sardinia platter. Place them on a teak bar height table for a rustic look, or add it to your concrete set for a more contemporary flair.
Relax at your Outdoor Bar from Design Warehouse
Long summer days deserve to be spent al fresco in complete comfort. If you’re looking for some stylish outdoor pieces for your summer in the sun, we can help. If you’re near our 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.