Gold bar carts are a wonderful addition to most any home. You can choose to use them as simply a piece of décor, a display for our favorite glasses and bottle, or as a fully functional mobile bar. The best part is that there are no right or wrong answers; sometimes furniture is just a fun way to express yourself, organize your things, and add some flair to your space.
Sometimes the most difficult part is simply knowing where to start. If you haven’t bought a bar cart before, you may be unsure about what to look for because you don’t have any firsthand experience to look to when deciding what’s important to you. This is made worse by the endless supply of options and suggestions offered up by the internet. Now that it’s not just a matter of picking from the handful offered at the nearest store, the choice can be little overwhelming.
That’s where this article comes in! In the first section we’ll be taking a look at some importation considerations to keep in mind if you haven’t bought a bar cart before. Once you’re armed with this new knowledge, read on for a product round-up including reviews of the 5 best gold bar carts available right now.
Features To Consider When Buying
Like any other piece of furniture or decorative item in your home, the first and foremost concern is to make sure that it’s the right size for your home. If you choose a cart that’s a few inches too small or too large it may not fit in the room properly or may not hold everything that you need it to. This also means you need to take the shape of the cart into account–depending on what it’s holding you may benefit from a cart with a segmented shape to help organization, or maybe just a small square cart that will hold the essentials without taking up too much space.
When deciding on a good size for you, it can be helpful to consider how many people you plan to entertain. Only having over two or three guests and serving a few different drinks should be possible on a smaller cart. If you have lots of people and lots of drinks, then a larger cart is required. This is especially true if you want to store your glassware on the cart rather than in a separate area. If you are serving drinks more complicated than scotch you ought to consider the benefits of choosing a bar cart featuring additional organizational features such as stemware racks or special spaces for wine bottles.
Shipping, unfortunately, can change your entire view about how satisfying a product is. If you’ve bought furniture online before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Some businesses are very good at shipping your orders quickly, and stock is readily available. In a perfect world, at least. In the world where the rest of us live, stock hiccups can (and frequently do) happen and sometimes your items don’t ship for several months post-purchase. Don’t forget to take into account the time required to put it together once it arrives. Most of your product choices will require at least a small amount of assembly–balance just how much elbow grease it takes to go from box to bar against the estimated shipping times can help you decide between your top two or three selections.
Most items have an estimated number of days until delivery. This can be based off of the shipping method, product availability, weather concerns, and other factors. If you’re very luck, you can find an item that qualifies for Amazon 2-day shipping and get it as quickly as possible. This can be difficult with furniture, though. Rather, set your sights on a standard delivery time of 7-10 days. If a product is delayed, delivery times of 1-3 months are common to see. If you find a particular piece you absolutely love it might be worth it to wait that long to get your new bar car in and set up. If, however, you’re more concerned with getting something as soon as possible, don’t be afraid to shop around for items with quicker delivery timeframes.
Related to the size and shape of your bar cart, organization is really the last major concern when shopping. Not all bar carts have special special features that make organizing easier, so if this falls high on your list of priorities it will certain narrow your field of options quickly.
Do you find that you go through a lot of glasses, and don’t want to have to keep running back and forth to the kitchen for more? If so, you might want to consider holding out for a bar cart that features racks for storing stemware. Usually these racks are in addition to the available shelving, not instead of, so you won’t lose space for bottles or other items. Are you a wine drinker, reliably going through a bottle or three when you’ve got company? An integrated wine rack would be ideal for you. All you need is a bucket of ice on your bar cart and you can chill more wine as needed, without ever having to leave the room.
Sometimes these sorts of upgrades are reflected in the price of the bar cart you are looking at. If you know that a stemware rack or an extra shelf will make an impact on how happy you are with your purchase overall, then definitely spring for it. If it isn’t a major issue for you, then going with a simpler design and less organizational features will save you a bit of money.
This gold bar cart is unique in its design, though it does have a higher price tag than the other options shown here. This combination of gold and glass along with the circular frame creates a bar cart you wouldn’t be surprised to find in an upscale hotel, but still looks right at home in your living room.
There are two tiers of shelving, each shelf measuring 32 X 13 inches. This gives you plenty of space without being overwhelmingly large. Both shelves are glass, supports on the golden metal frame. The shelf supports create a very small lip–just enough of a raised edge to keep errant items from falling off the cart when it’s moving.
On either side of the shelves, the body of the cart takes the form of two very large circular pieces of metal. These are vertically placed, running almost the entire width of the shelves and extending a few inches above and below the top and bottom shelves. The result looks as though the two shelves are suspended in these circles and is quite eye-catching.
The design of this cart is really what sets is apart. It’s not overly large or small, and the shelves are relatively simple. If you want a bar cart that doubles as a statement piece, this is a good choice.
If you just can’t get comfortable with the idea of putting glass bottles on glass shelves, this bar cart is calling your name. While it’s true that gold and glass is a classic combination that always looks lovely, some folks want something a little more substantial for their shelves. This cart certainly delivers: the entire cart is metal rather than just the framing.
There are two tiers of shelving. Not only are they made of embossed metal to give texture to the piece, but they are clover-shaped. The shape is a little different and fun, and gives the suggestion of four separate areas on each shelf. This can help if you’re looking for a little bit of organization but want to stick with a simple design. The shelves are surprisingly large, too. They measure roughly 25” across in either direction, with the whole cart measuring about 18” high.
If you want to ditch the modern glass look for nostalgic feelings of days gone by, this gold bar cart should serve you well while providing more than enough space for all your favorite party supplies.
This bar cart is a discrete choice that will being the perfect amount of Mad Men charm to your gathering. Spacious without being overbearing, you should be able to easily store whatever you need on this two-tiered golden cart.
Each of the two shelves on this cart is made of mirrored glass, with a black backing that will help to preserve a strong reflection even when under bright lights. The shelves are oval in shape, measuring about 30” X 16”. Around the edges of each shelf is a barrier to prevent anything from slipping and falling off. Done in the same antiqued gold finish as the rest of the cart’s frame, this ring of patterned cut-outs help to create the feeling of an antique piece. The isn’t flimsy and doesn’t appear “old” in terms of disrepair. However, the design chosen for the edging, the classic oval shelves, and the faux-patina finish on the gold metal all contribute to a bar cart that looks like it’s been in the family for generations.
Overall, this cart provides a respectable amount of storage. It is beautifully designed, and would pair well with décor that complements the classic feel of the piece. If all of that sounds good to you, then this cart may just be your perfect match.
This cart is simple with just a little bit of glitz, and a killer geometric accent that gives it a wonderfully retro vibe. Multi-tiered shelving with guardrails gives you storage and security. Casters with brakes give you mobility, and then added stability once you get to where you’re going.
The shelves are glass, and have been tempered for your safety. These rest atop a ledge provided by the frame of the cart such that they seem to float atop the frame, supported by nothing. The shelves measure roughly 36” x 18”, providing more than enough spaces for your bottles, glass, and other supplies. About 4 inches above the shelf is a guardrail of sorts the length of the bottom shelf while going all the way around the top shelf. This will prevent anything falling.
Placed vertically along the narrow sides of the cart are two metal panels; these partially enclose the bottom shelf, and made of a repeating, angular geometric design that goes a long way toward the yesteryear feeling of this cart’s design.The cart body itself is 100% metal, with four casters on the bottom for ease of movement.
This gold bar cart really is the pinnacle of sleek design and organizational prowess. If you only have an handful of things you want to put on here, you can use it as a great display; if you have a seemingly endless horde of party supplies, this cart will help you organize it all into to something that is manageable and pleasing to the eye.
You have three tiers of shelving on this cart. The top and bottom tiers are the typical large, rectangular spaces. The middle tier is made up of two square shelves that are vertically offset by about six inches. This makes organizing a breeze, and adds some lovely architectural interest as well. In addition to the shelves, there is a 4-bottle wine rack and 4 stemware racks that hold 2-3 glasses each. All shelving is made of glass, and the rest of the cart body is gold-finished metal. The entire cart sits atop four casters, giving you freedom of movement even when the cart is loaded down with drinks.
I hope that you’ve found this guide helpful. Bar carts may be a popular fad right now, but choosing to invest in one that features classic style combinations like gold and glass will give whatever space you put it in an enduring style. The best part is that with sites like Amazon you don’t even have to leave your living room to find exactly what you’re looking for and get it set up for delivery.