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7 Creative Uses for a Bar Cart

Want to add more stylish and function to your home? Try one of these creative uses for a bar cart that solve a variety of needs.Bar carts have been around for a long time and have never gone out of style, but they’ve started trending again recently in home decor. It’s not hard to see why. Not only are they charming and chic, but they’re also functional in an abundance of ways beyond their traditional use.

There are a lot of ways to take advantage of the great design of bar carts. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making them the perfect addition to any home. Here are seven of our favorite alternate uses for bar carts to give you some inspiration and ideas for your home.

Alternative Ideas for a Bar Cart

End table

A bar cart is a charming alternative to a regular end table. It’s unexpected and adds a chic flair to a room, whether it’s a bedroom or living room. It also gives you plenty of surface space and an extra shelf on the bottom, so you can store books, magazines, remote controls, coasters for drinks, and anything else you want to keep nearby.

Console table

A long bar cart is also the perfect replacement for a console table, such as in an entryway, hallway, or even behind a sofa. Like a console table, you can style it as a vignette, but the cart itself will elevate the arrangement and make it even more special.


Besides serving beverages, a bar cart is great to use as a buffet when you are entertaining. You can create a dessert station, set out the appetizers, put together a salad bar, or lay out the kids’ food on it.

Party favors station

Another clever way to use a bar cart for a party is by creating a party favors station. Lay out the guest book, gifts, photo props, and anything else you want to make available to your guests all in one convenient spot.

Coffee bar

Love coffee? A bar cart is the perfect place to keep all your coffee supplies and create a convenient spot in which to make it. Set out your coffee maker, filters, and beans on top and store your mugs and extra supplies on the lower shelf.

Kitchen, home office or bathroom storage

If you need extra storage in any space, such as your kitchen, home office, or bathroom, a bar cart is a very stylish way to create some. Use baskets, boxes, magazine files, and other organizational tools to make the most of it. You can even include some décor if you want to style it into a functional vignette.

Plant stand

Looking for a chic place to display your houseplants? A bar cart is the perfect size and can even be easily moved around if you need to change its location for better lighting or to get it out of the elements if you use it outside.

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