When you decide to build a home bar, you can decide to either have a simple or sophisticated depending on your taste and preference. A home bar can be a great place to relax and enjoy your favorite drink at the end of your workday or over the weekend. It can be an excellent addition to your entertainment room, man cave or your basement. A DIY home bar building project can be easy and cheap to build. You don’t need to be very good at woodworking to do it. You can get help from a friend who is better at woodworking if you need it. Below are some simple steps you can follow to build a simple, elegant and functional home bar.
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STEP 1: Gather the Tools and Materials you Need
Before you gather your tools to build a home bar, you need to have a plan of the kind of bar you want. Where you want to build it and how you want it to look. Once you have this settled, you can go out and gather the necessary tools and materials. If you don’t have the tools, you can borrow them from a friend or a relative who already has them, instead of buying them.
For this project, the tools you will need include:
- A screw gun, 3-inch outdoor screws,
- One-inch finish nails,
- a 2-foot level,
- a table saw,
- a compound miter saw,
- a tape measure and a pencil.
For the materials, you will need six 16′ 2X4s, a 4’X8′ piece of MDF board, a 1-1/2” trim and a 4’X8′ piece of another wood material such as camouflage. It is important to note that these measurements are specific to this particular size of the bar and you can adjust yours according to your particular needs.
STEP 2: Get the Layout of your Bar
The first thing you need to do in this step is to decide where in your space you need the bar to be. Then decide how long you want it to be, and its height. This project had the bar starting from the wall and being 7 feet long and 4 feet high. Once you have established this, you need to cut out the top and bottom plates. The plates are two pieces of the 2X4s cut to the size of the length of the bar which in this case is 7 feet. The miter saw will be the best tool for cutting this.
STEP 3: Create the Frame
On your top and bottom plates, you will need to measure and mark every 16 inches. Ensure that you do this on both pieces simultaneously. Ensure that the markings are exact as this is where you will put in your studs. Once you have the markings completed, you will want to cut out your studs. To get the exact height of these, you have to start by deciding the height of your bar, which in this case is 4 feet. Next, you will have to subtract the sum of the thickness of the top and bottom plates as well as the thickness of the MDF board from the total height of the bar. This will help you determine the length of the studs.
With this measurement, cut as many studs as the marks you made on the plates. Then, you need to screw the studs into the top and the bottom plates. Ensure that you screw them precisely at the markings you made. When you finish joining the plates and the studs, you will need to fix the frame to the wall. Before you screw the end stud to the wall, you need to ensure that it squares off to the wall properly. This means that you need to use a level to ensure that it makes a 90-degree angle with the wall. After fastening the frame to the wall, you may need to attach it to the floor using either concrete tapcons or nails.
STEP 4: Add some Extra Support
If you want to have some extra support and a shelf below the bar, this will be an important aspect to consider when you build a home bar. All you need to do is decide at what height you want your shelf. It will be 26 inches in this case. Then we will have to cut three pairs of 10 inch 2X4s to act as the top and bottom plates for the support structures. The studs of these structures will be 23” and they will be cut in pairs for the three structures. With these pieces, you will make three rectangular pieces that you will screw into the studs of the mainframe.
STEP 5: Add Support for the Bar Top
As you build a home bar, you will need to add stabilizers so that it will have adequate support. The support has to be as long as you intend your bar top to be. While cutting you will also need to factor in the thickness of the top plate of the top plate and remove the width of the trim. In this case, we want to have 10″hanging over the front and 8″ hanging over the back. Once you have your measurement, you will cut enough pieces to screw over each stud in the frame. Use four screws to fasten each of these support bars to the frame.
STEP 6: Add the Bar Top
Cut the MDF board to make the bar top for your bar. The Width of the bar top should be equal to the stabilizers you just added to the frame. The length of the bar top should be similar to the length of the top and bottom plates. To cut the MDF board, you will need to use a table saw so you can get help in cutting if you need to. Fastening the bar top to the frame requires you to screw from below the stabilizer into the MDF board. Do this for every stabilizer.
STEP 7: Add the Trim
Cut a piece of the trim of equal length to the bar top you have just made. The trim will be added to the front of the bar top and fastened with finish nails. Ensure that it fits tightly so that there are no gaps between the two.
STEP 8: Cover the Front of the Frame
To complete your project to build a home bar, you will need to cover the front of the bar so that it looks neat and elegant. You can choose any material you like to cover the front of your bar. The camouflage material was used for the covering here. Once you’ve cut your material, use finish nails to fix it to the front of each stud using as many nails as you would like.