Bar Cart Style: Why You Need One + How To Style It


Many of you know that I am currently in a rental as we design/build a new home and I’m not going to lie and say it’s been easy – in fact, it’s been quite hard.  Not because living in a smaller home has been tough (because let’s face it, most of us can do what we need to do for a space of time to get by, plus it’s easier to keep a small home clean) but mostly because it’s made it difficult for me to have the place and space to have the home projects going on that I normally enjoy and love sharing with you!

With that said, I’ve had to get quite resourceful with the spaces I do currently have to work with to keep the projects flowing and my creativity stirring!  So today, I’m excited to share that once again I’m partnering with eBay to share with you “how I eBay” while I’m living in this small space and how a simple yet beautiful bar cart is helping me to stay organized and functional in my tiny rental kitchen.  Plus, I’ll be sharing some of my best bar cart styling tips!  If you didn’t get to visit my last eBay post where I shared a rug update in our living room, you can do that HERE.

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So, we’ve established by now that I’m dealing with a small space and this is exactly why a bar cart is the perfect accessory/furniture piece to add to your decor if you are in the same situation as I am in.  However, even if you have larger spaces than I currently do a bar cart can serve many purposes such as for drinks, snacks, party essentials, office essentials, outdoor needs, pet products, and more!

How to style a bar cart for the kitchen and more

I had actually been looking for just the right bar cart for a long while (like probably for the past year).  I went back and forth between something in the brass and glass family and something in the rattan and/or bamboo family.  The main problem I was having though was the size.  This wall is small and the new bar cart I had envisioned in my mind for kitchen overflow necessities had to be just the right size.  And, that’s what I love so much about eBay!  The selection of items they have along with being able to search for the brands I love on eBay is endless at times and when they asked to parter with me, I knew exactly what I was going for!  I simply went to their site, typed in rattan bar cart and up popped this one.  I knew instantly it was the perfect color, size, style and everything else I had envisioned for my space.  There were more that I liked as well on their site but this one was the winner and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  It’s sturdy, I love that it’s rattan, the casters lock in (bonus!), and it has plenty of space for my kitchen overflow needs.

How to style a bar cart for the kitchen and more

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Our rental is adorable and the kitchen is super cute (for a rental, haha!) but of course it is short on cabinet space.  I’m pretty organized in the kitchen but there is always a need for more space when you live in a small home so, I’m using mine for extra plates, favorite bowls we use often, canisters, a place to store extra hand towels that can be snagged quickly, and of course some greenery or flowers to add a color pop and soften the look.

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And while we are on the subject of bar carts, I wanted to share with you my best bar cart styling tips!  It’s been a while now since I’ve had one (until now) but I’ve always enjoyed styling them to get the most out of what I’m using them for!

Bar Cart Styling Tips

  1. Pick your venue, project or party you’ll need to use your bar cart for
  2. Collect the items and essentials you’re going to need to place on your cart
  3. On the top shelf store items that you access often (for me it’s hand towels and stored canister essentials)
  4. On the bottom shelf store heavier items and items that may not get used as often, like my marble candle stick holders
  5. Use risers such as marble trivets & cake stands to style your items at varying heights – this adds interest to your cart
  6. Always add greenery or flowers to complete your look!

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See how I’ve styled the top and bottom shelves with my items at varying heights – this makes the look work and flow!

Bar Cart Styling Tips - Zdesign At Home (How to style a bar cart)

How to style a bar cart - ZDesign At Home

As you can see here it’s in perfect proximity to my kitchen so that I can grab items I need easily while working in the kitchen.

Bar Cart Styling Tips - ZDesign At Home

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At eBay you can also shop their Daily Deals section, which I love!  I found my Dyson cordless vacuum (refurbished by the manuf.) for literally half the price.

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I also found in their Daily Deals section a lot of other great items and brands such as Kendra Scott, Yeti and Kitchen Aid at great prices and thought I’d share with you…

We just bought this Dyson fan (1st image below) and once again, paid double the price – I’m so kicking myself right now!!!  From now on I’ll be checking eBay for all of my home essentials before I purchase anywhere else!

And here are several other beautiful eBay bar carts that I LOVE as well, all pretty reasonably priced and at different price points!

I would love to hear about your eBay finds and ideas on how you like to style your own bar carts – I love hearing your tips too!  Thanks for stopping by the blog and leave your comments below.  And don’t forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter!

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