How to Frame a Home Bar


There is nothing like mixing a drink at your own home bar, and adding one to your house provides a place for friends to gather and relax with a cold one. It's also a moderately challenging do-it-yourself project. Start by laying out the design of the bar on graph paper, with one square equaling 2 inches. Leave room inside the bar for a keg, beer cooler, refrigerator or wine chiller. Make sure the bar cabinets are tall and deep enough to hold your beer mugs and wine glasses. Once you've figured out the design, you're ready to start framing.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Bar dimensions
  • 2-by-4 stud boards
  • Miter saw
  • Wood screws
  • Power driver
  • Cut two two-by-four boards to the length of the bar you've designed, using a miter saw. These are the horizontal frame boards.

  • Divide each horizontal board's length by 16 and add 1. This is the number of vertical stud boards you need. Cut this many stud boards to the height of the bar, minus 3 inches, using a miter saw.

  • Build the front bar frame by attaching the vertical stud boards to the horizontal stud boards, using wood screws and a power driver. Space the vertical stud boards every 16 inches along the horizontal frame boards.

  • Create the side framing by following the procedure in Steps 1 to 3, but instead use horizontal stud boards that are 16 inches long and two vertical stud boards. Use the miter saw to cut the boards. Assemble them with wood screws and a power driver.

  • Secure the front frame by screwing it to the flooring. Use a power drill and wood screws. Secure the side frame pieces to the front frame piece with wood screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Build the inner cabinets by attaching stud boards to the vertical frame boards with wood screws. Use vertical supports to secure the cabinet frame work as needed.

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