If you’re (at a minimum) a semi-frequent visitor, you’ve probably seen me roll my bar carts all around the house. Even though I’ve talked about how versatile they are, I don’t know that I’ve ever showed how versatile they can be beyond entertaining. A few questions I am asked is “Where do you store them when you’re done?” and “What if I don’t entertain a lot? Is a bar cart practical for me?” The answer to both of these questions is connected- especially when faced with small space constraints and lack of storage, you can store these in plain sight! What if you have a small foyer/entry? Or better yet, a small bedroom? You want to maximize storage and simple side tables, while size friendly, a surface top alone negates the opportunity for storage. A solution for all these? A bar cart nightstand.
…and also indoors like when we hosted friends for the Fourth of July with a signature frozen cocktail (full post HERE).
Not efficient and as a result, storing guest amenities was tricky. Fast forward to today. I figured out how to killed two birds with one stone! I officially have a place to store the bar cart when I’m not entertaining, and, I’ve added more storage to this tiny guest bedroom. Total win-win.
I loved the lamp that was in here before but needed something taller and slimmer to maximize surface space. This concrete base lamp worked perfectly.
I won’t go through all the guest essentials since I recently compiled a list of luxuries and essentials (HERE), but notice a few items I’ve since incorporated based on your suggestions 😉 This sweet bud vase is available in a few different shapes and is small enough to sit sink-side, but is substantial enough to hold big blooms like these limelights, cut from our bushes. It’s also two-toned which makes it easier to use with grays/taupes/whites/colors, regardless of the shade.
I always like to keep a small trinket dish available for guests to corral their jewelry/pocket items and this footed bowl is perfect for the occasion. I’ve been a volcano candle snob for a while, only deviating occasionally, but I’m now yearning to put these handmade eucalyptus and mint candles everywhere I need a fresh scent. Y’all, they are so good. They come in various scents but this is a fav if you love “fresh and clean”. As a bonus, if you want to try before you commit to the larger size, the minis are only $3.99/each (HERE).
I have had our wifi password available to guests in the past, but not having found a cute (but small enough) frame, I always resorted to folding card stock temporarily. I think this tiny frame was made for brief guest info 😉 These frames are available in a set of three online (HERE), or you can find in-store at World Market individually.
With the cart having two drawers, I dedicated one to snacks/candy (with a tiny notepad)…
And one to bath essentials. I got this Magnolia hand cream specifically for my mom (the queen of magnolias 😉 ) but it’s a nice touch for any guest. I love these mini luxury soaps too – a way to treat your guests without wasting huge bars of soap. If you have never looked for note cards, soaps, and bath luxuries at World Market, you’re missing out 😉
I stored guest towels on the bottom, along with waters.
And the handle provides the perfect spot for extra linens/throw blankets.
So tell me. Have you ever used a bar cart as a more permanent piece of furniture? Let me know how and where in the comment section below!
You can see some of my other favorite bar cart looks HERE.