Do It Yourself

It’s not hard to make a bar. You will increase the probability of success by ensuring that you pay attention to the proceeding tips and by being meticulous when carrying out your measurements. A bar can be a wonderful addition to any home especially if you like to entertain fairly often.

Required Tools

1) Tape measure 2) Drill 3) Skill saw 4) Pencil 5) Hammer 6) Paper

Required Materials

1) Drywall 2) 2″x4″ pine boards 3) Stain finish 4) Facing board 5) Counter top made from your choice of material 6) 1.5″ screws 7) Plumbing materials if accessories are intended 8) Wainscoting to taste 9) Nails – cut & finish


1) You will first need to measure your bar area. When taking measurements you should make certain that there is enough space for someone to walk behind the bar with an extra few inches or feet to enable the user to manoeuvre in the bar area readily. You should make sure that the overall height of the bar does not go beyond 45 inches. Also the complete width at the base should be able to support your counter top. You will also need to ensure that there is overhang on either side to accommodate both the bartender and your guests. A good rule of thumb is 11 inches at the bartender’s area and 1 foot for your guest’s section.

2) Now you will have to construct the box to act as a support for the bar top and additional accessories that will be used in the bar. You should have already established 45 inches of height for the length of the bar. If your bar will have a sink or a cooler you should at this point demonstrate this in your floor plan. At each corner of the box you should install 45 degree triangular blocks using a drill. These pieces should act as extra support for your box. For a bar that is much longer in length joists and studs should be used. Ensure that these are equally spaced apart during the installation period.

3) You can now begin to “dress the box” or more correctly install all the extra features that will make it a bar. You should install the support fixtures that will be put in to house the shelves, cooler and sink. You may use 2X4 stock or a thinner cheaper one can be used instead if you are trying to cut down on cost. Once you have finished this process you can start assessing the work completed thus far to figure out where the holes will be drilled for the faucets, electrical cords and drain lines. You would likely have had general ideas of where these would be placed once you began doing the layout. Go ahead and drill the holes once you are okay with your final decision.

4) The final step will be completed once you install your counter. If you are using wood then all you will need to do is cut it to fit and then stain it to a lovely finish before installing it. If you will be using a pre-fabricated stone top then you should have it assessed professionally to ensure that the base will be able to handle the additional weight.