How to Shop for Quality Bar Furniture

For some people, a house is not complete without a mini bar. It’s that part of the house where you proudly display your impressive collection of vintage alcohol and spirits. You’d be surprised to know that some men actually challenge themselves because of this.

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The sizes of these bars vary significantly depending on the overall size of the house. There are big, expensive houses with bars the size of the family room of some houses and you begin to wonder why they still call those types of bars “mini”. Nevertheless, whether yours is as big as an Olympic sized-pool or the size of those classic London red-painted telephone booths, they all serve the same purpose, which is having a chilled time in your house without having to go to an actual bar.

Speaking of an actual bar, this article isn’t for only people looking to shop corner bar furniture for their home. If you run a full bar and are looking to replace some furniture, or about to open one, you can also benefit from this article.

Without further hesitation, let’s look at a few things you should take note of when shopping for furniture.

  • Wood type/ Composition
  • Construction
  • Upholstery
  • Cabinets and drawers
  • Style

Wood Type/ Composition

The first thing you want to take note of is the type of wood used to make the furniture. Furniture may be made from hardwood, solid wood, plywood, or veneer.

Naturally, furniture made from solid wood are the most durable because it is a single thick piece of wood. This is not to say that other types cannot be used to make durable woodworks. For instance, plywood which is made of layers of cut wood can be stacked up to nine layers to increase its density and durability.

If you see a piece of furniture made from plywood that catches your eye, you can check to see if it’ll last by counting the layers of wood at the edges. If it has a least nine layers, you can be sure it’ll serve you well.

In choosing the right type of wood for exposed surfaces, you would want to consider one that is scratch-resistant. When you go shopping, using your fingernail, draw a thin line across the wood to see if there is a visible dent; if there is, making a choice shouldn’t be that difficult. Click here to learn more about veneers.


When it comes to furniture construction, how they are pieced together says a lot about their quality. Wood joinery is the term used when wood is joined together without nails or glue.

Tables, chairs, cabinets, or drawers that are constructed using wood joinery are much sturdier and tend to last longer. Wood works put together with nails or glue will begin to shake and loosen at the points where they are joined. You would want to purchase furniture made with mortise-and-tenon or dovetail joints as these two are the best types of joints.


For the chairs and cushions, there are several things you’d want to check out. You can start by sitting in different spots to check how comfortable it is. We cannot rule out the fact that what is comfortable for you may not be comfortable for someone else. This is very important if you run a bar business.

To confirm the comfort of a chair or cushion take one or two people along to test them out. If they say its comfortable, then you can be sure that most customers will also be comfortable sitting in them.

Also give the arms of the chair a hard squeeze to see if you feel the frame of the chair. If you’re unable to feel its frame over the padding, then the chair was well constructed and should serve you well. Visit to check out bar style upholstery designs.

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Cabinets and Drawers

Make sure drawers are on glides that enable them run smoothly when pulled out or pushed in. The glides should also have stops that prevent the drawer from coming all the way out when pulled out.

You should open the cabinet doors to see if they remain in the open position while reaching for something inside. Also grip the handles and knobs to check if they jiggle or not. If they are of  good quality, they should fit tightly. Finally, carryout the wobble test to make sure the woodwork is balanced on the floor.


Contrary to what you may think, the style of a furniture does speak a lot about its quality. In most cases you would be able to tell a superior piece of woodwork from one that is inferior. Usually, the ones with top quality look very sophisticated and classy, and are often made from expensive and elegant materials.


To save yourself the trouble, you can hire a professional interior designer to get the job done. Interior designers know the best materials for making furniture and will style your bar better than you would. They also know industry standards and pricing and can help you avoid being ripped off.

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