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Building a DIY Home Bar with Cabinets

Building a DIY Home Bar with Cabinets

Posted by John C. on 2020-06-05

Bringing a bar to your home is a great way to create an inviting area for entertaining company, and livening up your living space.

A custom DIY Home Bar

However, they can be very expensive to purchase and have professionally installed. Luckily, there’s always the do-it-yourself option to cut down on costs, and provide you with the chance to completely customize a personal home bar.

Building your Home Bar

A DIY bar is most easily made by using vanity and base cabinets, with the number you need depending on how wide you’d like your bar to be. If you need to source cabinets that meet the specifications of your project, try ordering online from vendors like CabinetNow that offer a variety of material types and customizable cabinet box dimensions to best meet your needs.

Custom cabinet box

Choosing the Best Location

There are a couple things to consider when determining the best spot for your bar. Take this time to ask the important questions about this project, questions like: Do you want a wet bar, or a dry bar?

Finished DIY bar

· If you decide you’d like a wet bar with available running water, you’ll need to ensure there’s a water line near your area of installation so you can integrate a functioning sink into your bar top.

· Alternatively, a dry bar can be freely installed virtually anywhere throughout your home. While dry bars do lack the benefit of a water tap, they can still look fantastic and work wonderfully when well stocked.

· For most convenient use, try to note the general flow of foot traffic within your household and pick a spot for your bar that’s near a wall and away from any high-traffic areas.

Installing your Bar

· Start constructing your bar by installing a row of base cabinets in the spot you’ve designated. This will also act as the base for your bar.

Remember: To best keep your cabinets even and flush, find the highest point of your floor and install the cabinets at that height. You’ll likely need to use shims during this process.

· A bar isn’t really a bar without a nice countertop. Install one atop your row of base cabinets, choosing a material that best matches your home’s décor or preferred theme. Wood, quartz, granite, concrete, epoxy resin and more are all great and viable choices for your bar top material.

· The overhang distance of your counter will vary depending on the bar’s intended functionality. For example: A standing bar works well with an overhang that reaches between about 6 to 9 inches, while a bar with stools should have at least 12 inches of an overhang to create a longer nook to push stools under.

Putting on the Final Touches

Once your home bar is built, it’s time to wrap up the project with some finishing touches.

Grey / modern bar

· To extend the storage capabilities of your bar, consider adding overhead cabinets to the walls above the countertop. Wine racks, hanging glass racks, and a mini refrigerator are also easily well-used when included with your bar.

· If you want to keep your bar well-lit, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of electrical work, add battery powered LED lights to the bottom of any overhead cabinets, or place them behind glass doors in your base cabinets, to attractively illuminate your bar.

Of course, these are only suggestions.

The true fun of any DIY adventure comes from the personal touches you can bring to your project. So get creative with improving upon and decorating the design of your bar, and don’t hold back!


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