How to Build a Bar
How to Build a Bar
One of the appealing features of a nice home or apartment is a bar area. An appealing bar area enhances any interior, conveying class, sophistication and elegance. While bars are the perfect interior accessory for entertaining family and friends, they are also extremely practical for utilizing the space or corner that otherwise remain bare. While there are many professional bars for sale, if you prefer not to cough up thousands of dollars, you can easily build a bar yourself. Here are some tips and instructions on the some of the best ways to build a bar that fits your specific needs and space:
Building a bar requires considerable preparation. Don’t just run out to the store and buy materials, you will be wasting your time and money. In order to create the ideal bar for your home, you will need to do a little planning and measuring.
Choose a Space for Your Bar
First, select an area where you would like to build the bar. While any space can do, make sure the space you choose will enhance the environment. For instance, while you can build a bar in your garage, you probably won’t be entertaining in that area. Choose an area in your home such a corner, a part of a room, a cove, underneath the stairs, etc, where you think a bar will not only fit, but be practical when in use. Usually home bars are located in a den or furnished basement.
Measure the Proposed Bar Area
Once you have decided where to build your bar, it is important to take accurate measurements since you want your bar to fit cozily within the chosen space. In addition, an accurate measurement of the bar area will also determine exactly what type of bar you can install. For instance, even a very small area consisting of only a few square feet can be made into a mini-bar area that gives you complete functionality and enhances your interior. If you have a larger area available, keep in mind that a standard bar is usually about 43 inches high with a depth of 42 inches. The length of your bar can vary depending on space available and your personal preferences.
Create a Bar Construction Plan
Once you have accurately measured the chosen area, you can now plan your bar. It should be noted that a bar area consists of a variety of components (some components are optional) including:
- The physical bar where you serve drinks
- Plumbing for wet bars that include a sink and water faucet
- Space for a mini-fridge
- An area to keep a beer keg, kegerator or mini-keg
- Liquor Shelving to showcase your spirits
- An area for electrical appliances such as a blender
- An area to stand while mixing drinks
- Something for the seating area
- Area for glasses, etc.
A quick note regarding commercial bar plans. One of the easiest and inexpensive ways to build a bar on your own is to purchase bar construction plans. These plans are only a few dollars and offer detailed instructions that not only make it easier to construct your bar, but
they also detail special touches that can increase the use and aesthetics of your bar.
- Home Bar Plans
- Bar Wholesaler
- Bar Supplies
- Bar Furniture
- Bar Decorations
In general, for standard size bars that are in the 8 foot range, try to purchase pine boards for constructing the frame. When choosing pine boards, select wood that is broad enough to support the overall weight of the bar and the items that you will place on it. It is also a good idea to include supports within the middle of the bar and on the sides. This will keep your bar firm and sturdy. Feel free to use raming nails, strong wood glue and quality screws in the construction. Pay extra attention to the base of the bar and the vertical frames that are attached to it. If you will be adding plumbing and wiring to the bar, make sure that these areas of the wood have been properly cut and drilled. You can usually find templates for plumbing and wiring at your local home improvement store.
Cabinets and Shelving
Cabinets and shelving are an important part of your bar. While some simple bar designs do not require special cabinetry, if you would like to add more functionality and design cabinets and shelving are usually easy and economical additions. One of the better products to use for cabinets and shelving is oak veneer plywood. This wood not only looks good, but is affordable and durable.
There are usually two ways to add cabinets. You can purchase oak veneer plywood cabinet fittings that fit easily into your bar or you can create your own out of oak veneer plywood. After the fittings have been made, drill some holes near the edges in the front area of the frame. Then attach these cabinet fittings with some screws. Make sure that the holes are around 1-inch deep, and the screws being used for attachments are drywall screws only. They will help keep the attachments securely together.
Constructing the Bar Top
The bar top is perhaps the most important part of your bar. The bar will be highly visible so don’t skimp on it. However, even with a limited budget, you can construct a high quality bar top that looks great and is highly durable.
There are several ways to create a quality bar top. The first way is to construct the bar top in layers. For instance, you can create your bar top from 2 separate layers. The first and bottom layer can be constructed from either