7 Creative Ways To Use A Bar Cart

Bar carts have gone from vintage curiosities to modern-day must-haves. The appeal of a bar cart isn’t just for at-home happy hours, either. Compact and easy to move, you can think of these pieces as unusually stylish rolling carts. Still haven’t been convinced of the versatility of a bar cart? Read on for a few “other” ways to use these storage pieces, along with just some of our favorite bar carts currently available for sale at Viyet:


We recommend: Vintage Glass and Brass Bar Cart

Most nightstands have smaller dimensions, which makes sense for the small size of many bedrooms. However, nightstands never have quite enough room for anything beyond a table lamp. If you have the extra room in your bedroom, a bar cart makes a great alternative. Its spacious top level can easily hold a carafe, alarm clock, and small bouquet (in addition to a lamp), while the lower level is ideal for your favorite reads. Which brings us to our next favorite “other” use for a bar cart…

Magazine Rack/Library


We recommend: Vintage English Oak Bar Cart

Keeping your coffee table clear can be an issue if you love to keep an inspiring magazine (or three) at hand. Enter: A bar cart. This slim shelf is the ideal size for holding a stack of magazines, coffee table books, and anything else that would easily take over your table.

“Bath” Cart

We recommend: Vintage Acrylic Bar Cart

A long soak is an everyday luxury — and having a beautiful spot to keep soft towels, salts and soaps, lotions, and other niceties (such as a fresh bouquet of flowers and your favorite scented candle) enhances the experience. If your bathroom isn’t quite big enough for a cart, opt to keep it just outside the door and roll it in when you need it.

Mini Garden

We recommend: Vintage Metal Faux Bamboo Bar Cart

A collection of lush indoor plants makes a mood-boosting focal point, especially in the winter (or in the city, where “green” spaces require a short commute). Create a mobile garden by grouping together plants on the top level of a bar cart, using the lower levels as storage — or for taller plants.

Music Station

We recommend: Mid-Century Modern Mexican Brass and Glass Service Cart

Record players have made a comeback, though they do present a storage issue. If you don’t want to clutter up your media cabinet, a bar cart makes a convenient station for keeping your record player (and vinyl collection) accessible.

Side Table

We recommend: Janus et Cie Amalfi Powder-Coated Aluminum and Glass Bar Cart

Like the magazine rack idea, using a bar cart as a side table can help expand your living room storage options. It’s an ingenious solution for families as well — you can accessorize the cart with storage bins or baskets to help keep clutter to a minimum.

Coffee Cart

We recommend: Post-Modern 1980s Painted Three-Tiered Cart

If you’re serious about coffee (or tea), a dedicated cart can help clear up that much-needed counter space that your coffee maker(s) can take up. Keep your machine, French press, grinder, or pour-over accessories on the top level, with mugs and accompaniments below. The last shelf can be used to store items like serving pots and pitchers, cold brew makers, and other infrequently used accessories.

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