How to Build a Home Bar with Glass Block

Make Happy Hour a thing again with a custom home bar you create with glass block. Whether your dream is to become a wine expert and host wine tastings, a mixologist, or just to have some fun entertaining family and friends, a home bar using glass blocks and glass bricks is a great idea. It will lend a unique and modern look to your kitchen, dining room, basement, man cave, or wherever you choose to install it. 

 

If it’s in your kitchen, you’ll likely call it a kitchen island, or breakfast bar, but the concept is the same. And, building a home bar with glass block is a DIY job you can complete in a weekend, if you’re using one of our kits. If you’re creating a custom bar or kitchen island that’s quite large, you may want to consider hiring a professional. This is especially true if you are building the bar for a commercial business.

 

Home Bar Ideas Using Glass Block

Google “glass block home bar ideas” and you’ll be amazed at what comes up. Pinterest is your friend when it comes to deciding which home bar ideas you like, and which ones will get a pass. Decide how big you want your wet bar or breakfast bar to be, based on the space you have available.

 

Next, decide if you want to build a home bar from scratch, or whether you want to use one of our glass block bar kits. Building from scratch with loose glass block gives you more color and texture options, but can be a little more complicated. With a kit, you get all of the materials you need, as well as detailed directions. 

Glass Block Bar Kits

At Quality Glass Block and Window, we carry glass block bar kits that use the Seves Glass Block Premier Series in Nubio or Cortina patterns. These blocks are 8x8x4 in dimension. The kits come with end blocks and rounded or sharp 90° corner blocks. The kits utilize the ProVantage Glass Block Installation System. This system is a mortarless option that uses special spacers and anchors that you use to bring the home bar together. 

 

You can customize the width and height of your bar and still get a kit. Standard height for a bar is 40-42” high, which translates out to a bar 5 blocks high (40 inches) and allows 2 inches for the countertop. You can also get your kit with a bar height of 48”. 

Loose Glass Block

If you’re a little more handy and looking to use a different color or pattern of glass block, you can order enough loose blocks of a line of your choice to create the size and style of home bar you want. The Basic Series, MyMINIGLASS, Pegasus, Mendini, Vistabrik solid glass bricks, and Lisbon Style Line all lend themselves to unique and eye-catching home bar designs.

 

Mix and match colors, sizes, and patterns for a unique look. Please go over your ideas with us so we can help ensure you get all of the materials and accessories you need for a successful installation. And please share images of your finished project so we can add them to our Customer Gallery!

Home Bar Designs

The classic home bar design is an L shape, with one long wall and one shorter wall. That’s how our kits are configured. You can also create a U-shaped home bar with curved or straight walls. You can find home bar plans online to give you an idea of the possibilities. We can also help you create a custom glass block home bar design plan.

Choosing a Countertop

You can use just about any type of countertop material with your glass block home bar. This includes:

 

  • Wood
  • Formica
  • Corian
  • Quartz
  • Granite

 

For heavier countertops, you may need some sort of structural support behind the glass walls. 

Light It Up

While glass block naturally has light transmission qualities, you may want to consider installing lighting behind the glass to cast a warm glow in the evenings. 

Don’t Forget the Bar Stools

Some people buy the bar stools even before they build the bar. Just be sure you get the right height for the bar you are going to build -- consider bar stools that adjust in height for customized comfort.

Order Your Glass Block Home Bar Kit

Order your glass block home bar kit, or loose glass block for a custom bar now, and ring in the New Year in style! As always, the team here at Quality Glass Block and Window is ready to help you select the right components for your project. Simply give us a call at (815) 416-1007 or use our contact form and we’ll get back with you as soon as possible.