In the span of a few years, bar carts have shed their reputation as novelty items into must-have accessories for the modern apartment. While it used to be that you could only find these rolling booze caddies at flea markets or pricey vintage boutiques, now they're stocked at even the most mainstream of retailers. The ubiquity means variety, and that's especially good news for those of us who live in smaller homes. When square footage is hard to come by, it's important to pick a cart that's versatile and succinct — it needs to be able to handle multiple uses without overpowering the room it's in. Not sure where to start? Here are eight stylish choices that are compact enough for any space.
Gold Cole 3-Tier Bar Cart
A small space is a bit like a city block: it's easier to fit more in when you go up rather than out. This gleaming cart from World Market ($119.99) has three tiers, as opposed to the more traditional two-level design, giving you triple the storage without wasting a single square inch.
Ernest Chrome Bar Cart
Make the most out of an empty corner with this Art Deco-inspired cart from CB2 ($119.99). Its no-frills, simple design means that you can roll it into your dining area or living room with the confidence that'll just take up a few measly inches.
Alsager Bar Cart
This glass-and-metal bar cart from Wayfair ($156.99) is a little slimmer than other carts, with a depth of a little under 16 inches. It won't jut out too far from a wall, making it a great choice for small entryways or halls.
Jacques Bar Cart
Think of this midcentury-inspired design from Jonathan Adler ($1,450) as a statement piece that's also an investment. Though it's on the larger end of the spectrum in terms of size and budget, the clear lucite construction makes it look less bulky than bar carts with darker finishes. And because of its timeless appeal, you can keep it for years.
Gold-Leaf Bar Cart
With its bamboo-style frame, this square bar cart from All Modern ($216.99) adds a touch of Hollywood Regency style to any space. Use it in lieu of a side table, or position it in a corner of a breakfast nook.
Modern Bar Cart
A thick, stainless steel frame brings a bold aesthetic to this distinctive cart from Williams Sonoma ($995). At 37 inches high, it's slightly taller than other options. But, the extra space gives it a little more versatility, allowing you to use it as a buffet table, too.
Silver and Wood Bar Cart
A tortoise shell-like tray top makes this bar cart from Target ($123.49) extra useful for frequent entertainers. The tray lifts up and out of the frame, letting you serve drinks and food with ease.
Metropolitan Industrial Bar Cart
Sleek and trendy plank shelves form the tiers in this industrial bar cart from Overstock ($152.99). Its built-in bottle and stemware holders help keep everything secure when on the go, which is great if you're hosting a small dinner party.