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How to build your own home bar

Updated February 21, 2017

Bars are a popular gathering place in most cultures. They can offer a place to relax, hang out with friends and gather with others to celebrate or watch sports. Homeowners have begun to install bars in as a space to store alcohol and mixers, prepare drinks and serve as a focal point when hosting parties. Building your own bar is a project that a do-it-yourselfer can complete in a few steps.

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  1. Measure the dimensions of the area the where bar will be constructed.

  2. Attach a sill plate to the floor where the bar will connect to the floor. Sill plates are pressure-treated two-by-fours that will connect the bar to the floor.

  3. Nail a 36-inch stud to each end of the bottom plate. The bottom plate is a standard two-by-four that will connect to the sill plate.

  4. Measure the distance between the two end studs and divide it by 24. This tells you how many more studs are needed for installation. These studs should be no more than 24 inches apart. Mark the locations of the other studs and nail them to the bottom plate.

  5. Nail two-by-fours across the tops of the studs. This is the top plate.

  6. Nail the frame to the sill plate.

  7. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the top plate.

  8. Cut sheets of 3/4-inch plywood to form the frame. Nail the plywood sheets to the outside of the base.

  9. Install cabinets behind the bar, if desired.

  10. Install the countertop. If you're using wood, measure the dimensions of the bar and cut the wood to fit. If you want a marble or stone countertop, give the dimensions to a manufacturer to cut the countertop to fit.

  11. Paint or stain the bar.

  12. Tip

    Wear safety goggles when using the saw.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pressure-treated two-by-four (sill plate)
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Two-by-fours
  • Saw
  • Safety goggles
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Four to five sheets of 3/4-inch plywood
  • Cabinets
  • Countertop (wood or marble)
  • Paint or stain

About the Author

Carson Barrett

Carson Barrett began writing professionally in 2009. He has been published on various websites. Barrett is currently attending Bucks County Community College, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in sports management.

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