Ideas + Advice

Dining Room + Kitchen

5 Surprising
Uses For
A Bar Cart

Bar carts are a natural for
entertaining, holding glassware,
liquor and all the accoutrements, but
they're also one of the most versatile
pieces you can own, pinch–hitting in
almost any room where you could
use a little more storage (and who
couldn't?) Here are 5 great ideas to
get you started:

1. Home Office Hub

A cart is the perfect home
for your printer, extra paper,
office supplies, files and
more. It can tuck in easily
beside a desk or in a corner.

2. Kitchen Pantry

If you're lacking in counter
space or storage, a cart is
a great home for utensils,
small appliances, spices,
staples or tableware.
Use simple "S" hooks from
the hardware store to hang
pots and cooking tools
from the rails.

3. Entry Organizer

Create a landing pad in your
entryway for mail, shoes,
boots and bags. Add a tray
for letters, and a small dish
to hold keys and change.
A basket on the bottom
shelf can corral scarves
and hats, and the cart's
rails can hold umbrellas.

4. Bath Caddy

If your medicine cabinet is
overflowing, a cart can get
your bathroom under
control. Use containers +
trays to organize everything
from toiletries and makeup
to cotton balls, brushes
and haircare tools. Stack
extra towels on the bottom
shelf and you've got a linen
closet, too.

5. Potting Shed

Line the cart with a
protective cloth, then stock
it with plants and potting
supplies (stow bags of soil
and heavy items on the bottom shelf), gardening
tools, pots and such.
It's great for flower
arranging, too.

A few more possibilities:

  • Gift–wrapping station: Keep rolls of gift wrap in a bin, then store ribbon, gift tags, cards, scissors + tape and flat wrapping paper in trays on your cart.
  • Bedroom vanity: Stock it with cosmetics, jewelry, a good makeup mirror, hair appliances and more.
  • Buffet: If you're short on table space, use it as a serving cart. Keep food platters on hand tableside, along with a water pitcher, wine bottles, dessert plates + forks, coffee and tea.
  • Outdoor entertaining: Don't be afraid to take your bar cart outside for drinks, ice and party needs. (Just don't leave it there permanently!)