In May, dining website-meets-community Food52 asked the question that’s been on interior stylists’ design-minded minds for a while now: Are bar carts on their way out? To which I say, um, do you really have to ask? If there’s a question about the continued longevity of any trend’s lifespan, it’s safe to assume that it’s on its way out.
Sure, the author posed a question to her Instagram crowd about whether bar carts were “out” or “still cool,” and 84 percent of the responses came back in favor of the bar-on-wheels-as-open-storage, but that’s not surprising. Lots of people thought hanging wooden carvings of “live laugh love” on their walls would be writing the writing on the wall that told the world just how deep and spiritually sound they were. They lived. They laughed. They loved. And to this day, some of them keep right on loving.
Side story: During the early days of the pandemic lockdown, memes kept my spirit alive. You could say that because of memes, I lived. I certainly laughed. And my god some of them I loved. Especially the one that just showed a wooden carving of the word “gather” hung on a beige-gray wall. The simple caption: “That’s illegal, Karen.” I died. I lived. Laughed. Loved. I still do. Perhaps I am the lowest common denominator?
Either way, I’ve never had a bar cart. I did purchase a wheeled two-shelf unit in a midcentury modern style that could to the untrained eye be confused for a bar cart, but it’s not a bar cart. No, no, no. Bar carts are out even if home decor sites are hesitant to declare the trend dead quite yet. Perhaps there’s been enough death this past year, or perhaps they worry that the populi who embarked on home improvements while spending so much time in said homes would revolt if they read that one of the trendy, must-have pieces they just incorporated into their decor was suddenly as taboo as gathering with unvaccinated strangers in close quarters while not wearing a mask.
Let them revolt, I say. Or let them in on the secret that surely isn’t going to be a big secret for much longer because—you heard it here first, folks—it’s going to be the hottest home decor trend of 2022. Whether you’re getting one brand new or updating your existing bar cart into one of the bong varieties, you too will get to say you helped spark this interior styling trend.
If you’re wondering why you would want a bong cart, maybe it isn’t for you. Keep gathering. Keep on living, laughing, and loving. (Confession: I do have a wooden sign that says “humble & kind” hanging on the door above my home office. I picked it up one day at a Home Goods where it was on clearance for $10. Although the message made me shudder, I thought I could use the canvas and turn it into something cool. I never got around to attacking it with some paint, but I did tack two oversized Post-Its on either side of the message. The first reads, “If you think you’re,” and the latter wraps it up with “you’re confused.” It’s now perfect.)
But if you’re like, omg, I’ve already been storing my Jane West Beaker on my old bar cart but hadn’t realized I should stop calling it my old bar cart yet! Well, now you know! You and I should be friends, I’ve got my Jane West Beaker on my bong cart, too! #twinning.
And if you’re somewhere in between, I encourage you to take your smoking accoutrements out of whatever hiding place where they’re stashed. Bong carts aren’t just for bongs, you know. Pipes, stash jars, grinders, rolling trays, dab rigs, and all of the other objet d’arte cannabis accessories can live on the cart, too—just as long as they’re nice and clean. Put them on display unless you’re living with rambunctious kids or jumpy cats or any other creature that could knock them over. Then proceed with caution. Always keep the stuff you put into the smoking devices secured safely away from any minors or pilfering roommates who shouldn’t have access to your stash.
If you consume cannabis, there’s no need to hide it away in a cabinet or drawer like it’s something you’re ashamed of, no matter what you may have been told in D.A.R.E. But there is still a whole lot of stigma surrounding it today, even as more Americans than ever are in favor of its legalization.
After legalization comes normalization. The bong cart (or bud cart, or cannabis cart if you must, but I like bong cart because it’s a better play on the “bar cart” phrase—that’s what we’re going for here) is a statement. If you’re not quite ready to admit that bongs—with water filtration and the ability to deliver a cool, smooth hit—are a superior way of consumption, that’s OK. You’ll get there. And when you do, I’ll have tons of recommendations for products that will look right at home on the bong cart in your home.