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Eva Shaker Painted Oak Wine Cabinet, Oak
Eva Shaker Painted Oak Wine Cabinet, Oakby JTW
Contemporary minimalistic furniture is always so expensive, right? Wrong. The Eva Shaker Oak Collection allows us to embrace simplicity in our frequently cluttered and busy lives. You'd be forgiven for thinking that you're looking at Scandinavian-styled furniture and sure, many Scandinavian features are prevalent here including thin tapered legs and a slim and sleek top surface. However, this gorgeous oak furniture collection bears all the hallmarks of Shaker style furniture which was originally pioneered by followers of a religious sect in the 1700's. It sounds a bit crazy, but the furniture is anything but. Shakers were passionate about furniture and ensuring it was made thoughtfully with functional form and proportion. Rather than using ornamentation such as inlays and carvings which were a popular feature of this period, they developed creative solutions and asymmetrical drawer arrangements that created visual interest in a much more subtle way. Aside from the slim and super-modern oak top surface another excellent feature of this Shaker-style oak Collection is that it arrives with two sets of handles supplied, a squared brushed metal option and a round wooden knob, allowing you to customise each item to suit your interior style. Bring simplicity and calm to any room of the home with this stunning bedroom, living and dining room Collection that simply oozes class and sophistication. This Collection is also available in Grey called Eva Shaker Grey and Ivory called Eva Shaker IvoryRead More
Drinks cabinets are storage units designed to house alcoholic beverages, glasses and cocktail making equipment. Invented in the 15th century, these decorative containers were used to keep wine and spirits safe from theft and were somewhat of a status symbol. Drinks cabinets were all the rage in the 1960s and 70s and are now making somewhat of a resurgence as a dining room staple. Fun, fashionable and just a tiny bit frivolous, they make an essential addition to any home bar and add a touch of glitz and glamour to your décor.

If you’re unsure whether to commit, simply ask yourself, ‘wine not?’

What are drinks cabinets made of?

Solid wood remains the most popular material for drinks cabinets. Durable, understated and timeless, wooden cabinet bars come in wide range of designs and styles, from elaborate Art Deco-inspired units to traditional corner cabinets. The majority incorporate some kind of wine rack, shelves for glasses and tumblers and drawers for mixology utensils.

If you’re looking for a more modern drinks cabinet, opt for a stainless steel unit for a polished, minimalist look, or copper accents for that on-trend mid-century vibe. Whatever your tipple, the Houzz UK Shop offers an extensive range of different drinks cabinets and bar carts to help you create the perfect mixing station.

Where to put drinks cabinets?

Depending on the size and layout of your home, you may want to position an alcohol storage cabinet in the dining room, living room or kitchen. If you haven’t got much space to work with, it’s still possible to create a cocktail bar or make room for a wine cabinet. Dedicate a corner of your kitchen to a wall-mounted shelving unit with space to hang glasses and store bottles, or display your favourite liqueurs at one end of the breakfast bar in a decorative crate or basket. If you’re unsure of the best way to configure the space, check out this article on micro home bars for ideas.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to retire to the drawing or living room for after dinner after-dinner drinks, your mini bar options are virtually unlimited. Make a feature of your alcohol storage with an iconic globe drinks cabinet or go the whole hog with a built-in counter and matching bar stools. If you want to pay homage to the long and merry history of the home bar, an antique drinks cabinet or prohibition-era liquor safe will keep both the drinks and conversation flowing. You could also go a little more low-key and use an existing side table or buffet in the dining room to display and store your favourite vintages and spirits. Wherever you decide to put your bar cabinet, make sure to check out our range of home bar essentials for the best glassware, wine racks and drink-making accessories.

What is the best drinks cabinet?

This is very much dependent on personal taste. Whilst some people may have penchant for glitzy display cabinets with glass shelves and metallic accents, others may prefer more sober (no pun intended) designs, particularly if there’s a need to conceal bottles from inquisitive teenagers. A small drinks cabinet with several shelves and/or a wine rack is perfectly adequate for bottles that are brought out just for the festive season, whereas a larger cocktail cabinet may be required if you’re a regular on the entertainment circuit.

If you’re looking to create a dedicated home bar area, you can also check out Houzz’s extensive range of bar tables and stools to furnish the space.
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