4 Most Popular Home Bar Countertop Materials
For homeowners who love to host friends and family, adding a home bar is a great—and aesthetically appealing—idea. But to really pull it off, you need the right countertop material that aligns with your style and functional needs. Here are some of the most popular home bar countertop materials.
Home bars are more popular than ever. New house designs are starting to include a wet or dry bar in the basement or just off the kitchen. And a lot of people are considering adding a home bar in a renovation project.
If this sounds like you, there are a number of factors to consider when building a great home bar. The most important? Countertops. It’s where all the magic happens.
But there are a lot of countertop material options out there with varying design and functional qualities. When choosing a countertop material for your home bar, it can feel overwhelming. That’s why we recommend approaching the project with these three things in mind, before deciding on a material:
- Function – You’ll want to consider the use of the area. How often will you be using it? How many people will use it at once? Will it be a wet bar or dry bar?
- Hygiene – Always keep cleanliness in mind with a home bar, a place where you will be handling ingredients, prepping drinks and maybe even serving appetizers. There will be spills, so make sure to get a surface that can handle them.
- Budget – Of course, you have to work within your budget. But consider your home bar as an investment. If you have to spend a little more on a more durable countertop, you may get a few more years out of that home bar. Plus, these projects can add value to your home.
Now that you know what to consider as you evaluate your material options, let’s look at the top home bar countertop materials.
Top 4 Home Bar Countertop Materials
While there’s no “best” material to use for a home bar surface, there are materials that are right for certain uses and style tastes. We’re going to break down the top materials into four categories.
We’ll start off with natural stones. Depending on your frequency of use, any one of these can make a great home bar look. Granite is more durable so it will work best for a high-use home bar, while marble and soapstone are great options if you’re just going for stunning looks or an accent piece. Either way, these can all be done beautifully for a high-end finish.
- Granite – Granite is durable and easy to maintain—and great for any home bar looking to add a wow factor. Each slab is unique and comes in a range of colors and patterns.
- Marble – Marble gives off a high-end look, but it’s much softer and more porous than granite and requires more upkeep. Marble countertops could wear easily on high-use areas. When polished, it makes a beautiful accent piece for a classic high-end looking home bar.
- Soapstone – Soapstone is a natural material some would describe as having a “soapy” feel. It shows up in a few modest, natural hues. It’s a great choice for home bar countertops thanks to its stain and heat-resistance. Soapstone is relatively easy to clean and scrub down without having to worry about refinishing but can easily show use marks and should be oiled periodically for best maintenance.
Quartz is a practical alternative for granite and other natural stones. And it makes for a great home bar countertop material.
Quartz stands up to high use. It’s easy to maintain, and it doesn’t require sealing because it is virtually non-porous, which is perfect for a bar where spills are common. The durability comes from its manufacturing process, which takes a mixture of 93% +/- natural quartz, polymers and pigments and forms it into custom slabs.
Quartz is a great mix of beauty and practicality, and it will take your home bar to the next level.
A mix of acrylics or polyesters, solid surface countertops are a versatile and seamless appearing option for a new home bar.
These surfaces are customizable, so you can find the aesthetic you’re looking for. And the best part is, when joined, solid surface pieces create a seamless look. Pleasing to the eye and great for hygiene.
And speaking of hygiene, solid surfaces are non-porous and easy to maintain, another reason why they work great for home bar applications.
Ultra-Compact Surfacing (Dekton)
Last but not least, we have a relatively new countertop surface: ultra-compact surfacing, or Dekton.
Dekton is a sophisticated blend of materials and advanced processes used to create a high-quality bar surface. Their exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology mimics the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperature and pressure over thousands of years.
Bottom line, Dekton is durable and aesthetically appealing. It can be a perfect high-use solution for a sleek, modern home bar update.
At the end of the day, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer for the best countertop material for a home bar. But when you take time to consider all the variables of the project, you can find a material that is right for your specific needs.
Shop around and find out what will work best. Whether your home bar will be a high-use space or something more aesthetic, there are plenty of materials to consider.
At the end of the day, some of the best advice we can give is to go to a showroom. See what’s available and talk to a professional. That’ll be the best way to get the right countertop for your home bar.