No house can be considered complete without a bar, we should all agree on that one, right? Otherwise, the whole thing is just a pointless mess. Well, maybe it’s not that dramatic but you’ll agree that a bar elevates any space in second, giving it a very charming and provocative, yet – very chic vibe.
Now, don’t think that having a bar installed means you’ll be getting wasted every night; rather, think of it as a trophy! Building one takes a bit of know-how and a lot of patience. Once you’re done, though, it’ll be one of the best investments you’ve ever made.
Without further ado, here are some basic points to get you going:
You can’t start building anything without the right material; that is – sure you can but it won’t last. Make sure you buy the best quality wood to start your project. Measure exactly how much you need to avoid any potential mess like having to chop off huge chunks later on or having things be way disproportional (we all remember Joey Tribbiani’s “Unit” in FRIENDS, don’t we?). We’re trying to build a bar, not a barn over here, so keep it clean and sturdy.
Even if you’re as handy as they get, you can’t start anything without the right set of tools. Just imagine the scenario where you start doing something and you must run off to buy a screwdriver or a wrench because, all of a sudden, you’ve realized that not only you don’t have that particular piece of equipment with you but that you don’t have it at all! Stuff like this will drive you nuts so the best thing you can do is make sure you’re on the safe side with all the tools needed.
Don’t go and buy the most expensive tools just yet because it won’t mean anything if you’re not able to use them. It’s best to buy piece by piece and to build up your tool set and ultimately – have everything for the projects you’ve in mind.
Design the framework of your bar, think of its placement, the shape you want and ways to build it in; this should be something to brainstorm so you can start. Once you’ve got that covered, get plenty of nails and your trusty hammer, and put the wood together. Don’t rush, or you’ll end up with a birdhouse instead. Rather, take your time, measure everything twice if necessary, so that you end up with a sturdy construction you can be proud of. This will be the most crucial part of your bar, because, without support, it won’t be able to stand and you can forget about priding yourself on an awesome-looking bar in your home.
Your bar should be your trophy as well – meaning, it shouldn’t look like a mishmash of wood and glue. Be patient and choose a bartop that goes well together with the interior of your room, and while you’re at it, go with matching beer taps. What’s a bar without being able to serve draft beer? Even if it’s a hefty investment, it can’t beat the fun you’re going to have.
With a bar in your home, be sure that you’ll end up spilling a few drinks here and there eventually. And unless you’ve installed drip trays or coated the wood with special protective layers, it’s going to get ruined pretty fast. Don’t just think about all the delicious drinks you’re going to have, but – think ahead of the best ways to make it easy to clean. A bit of added installation is going to make sure that your bar is easy to maintain and that you can have fun without worrying about ruining your precious craftsmanship.
Keep in mind that you’ll probably hurt yourself along the way, which is why you should prepare some bandages as well along with other necessary disinfectants. After all, no DIY project goes without hurting yourself at least a little bit so it’s best to be on the safe side.
You can’t really have a complete bar without a place to sit, now can you? In essence, you can use your old furniture, but, it’ll defeat the purpose of having a bar. Instead, go through a selection of bar stools and choose a comfortable set which will be perfect for your bar. Account for the fact that leaning is a no-no or you and your friends will end up on the floor quite a lot. Don’t choose too high ones either, as it can be difficult to get on and off from them, especially after you’ve had a few drinks. Safety first!
If you do have a desire but you don’t have the necessary skills to build a wood bar, don’t shy away from consulting an expert. No, you wouldn’t be seen as a less macho or anything, rather – you’ll just be a guy who knows and respects his own limits – which is, truth be told, very manly and mature.
You can make this project a joint adventure; ask for your bar architect to assist any way you can and work with him. You’ll be able to learn a lot, you’ll have fun and you’ll definitely make it an experience you won’t forget for a very long time. Plus, if someone asks if you were the one to build the bar, you can always say “Yes”. What!? Well you did assist, didn’t you?
All in all, putting together a bar for your home requires patience and a steady hand. Plan ahead so that you don’t end up with an oversized construction that will look hideous in your home. A bar should be more than just a simple place where you can hold your drinks… it’s going to be a place where you can hang with your friends, relax, spend some very enjoyable moments and make memories. Where else would you toast to nailing that deal at the office or celebrate your birthday? Cheers!