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How to Build a Home Bar

by DianaSmith (writer), Melbourne, VIC, February 06, 2015

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Explore your creativity - build your own home bar

You have always wanted a home bar and it is finally time to make one. Still, you are unsure whether you will be up to task yourself, or should you hire professional to do it for you. The reasons for doubting yourself probably originate from the fact that you are not quite certain what is the best building procedure, what are the usual steps, which materials and tools you need and how long will it take to build a normal sized home bar, to name a few. No need to worry. If you are at least somewhat skilled in woodwork and have already used some of the woodwork tools, you will be able to build your own bar with enough patience and strong will. To help you, we prepared advice on how to do it properly and as hassle free as possible.


After you picked a perfect spot in your home to position your bar, make sure you measure everything before you begin any work or purchase any material. Make sure you have enough room inside the bar for normal barman operation and enough space in front of it for bar stools. Also, if you plan having barstools make sure your bar is 42 inches tall since the majority of stools available have the height suitable for that bar height. Of course, whatever you decide you need to have suitable budget for it. The worst thing that could happen is that you start but not finish building a bar.


If you are not a professional builder, framed wood is your safest choice of material and the easiest for you to cut yourself. The most practical way of building would be to make frames for all bar sides and cover them with cut to measure panels you can order at the majority of wood stores. The choice of patterns and color palettes is enormous and you will surely be able to find one for you. As far as the bar top is concerned, it should be made of solid wood. If you have enough space, adding a lower counter would be a sure benefit since you will have a working area away from the served drinks, for cutting lemons and setting bottles, for example. It should also be made of solid wood.


You need just some specific items: a screwdriver, a hammer, a tape measure, a chisel and an electric sander. You probably already have some of these tools and you can borrow other for a day from friends or relatives. Last, but not least, wear safety goggles at all times when working with wood. You should not have any problems borrowing all of the missing tools and you will practically save money for other bar necessities.

Wood Protection

Naturally, you will use your bar to serve drinks to your friends and family and, of course, to join them with your favorite drink. Therefore, you should lacquer your bar top to make it durable and capable of withstanding constant wet that will be put on top of it. It takes approximately 12 layers of lacquer for your bar top to be long term waterproof. The best way to have a smooth surface is to apply the layers using foam brush or a spray gun. Also, you could apply bar top pourable finishes and let the wood soak it. Also, make sure you lacquer your bar top and lower counter outside before final assembly, this number of lacquer layers would be harmful if applied and left to dry inside the houses.


Finally, an easy and most pleasant part, your beverages collection. Several kinds of beer, some exotic spirits, a couple of bottles of red wine, as well as different ones of white and sweet white wine will do for a start. Ice compartment would be a nice addition, as well. Also, make sure each type of drink has its designated place, it will make your bar look more attractive and will make your bartender work easier and more pleasurable.

If you stick to your initial plan and start the bar building operation completely prepared, your work of art should be finished in less than a day. However, if you need more time, allow yourself to have it. This is not a speed competition and the most important thing is that you make a quality home bar that would serve you for years to come.

About the Writer

Diana Smith is a full time mom interested in business and marketing related topics.
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