You're finally going to do it... build your own home bar. Maybe you just bought a new house or landed a sweet new apartment, and that space off in a corner or a portion of the basement is just screaming "BAR!!!" Build it and they will come. Your Home Bar will be a source of enjoyment for you, your family and friends for years to come. We at KegWorks.com have a quite a bit of experience with projects like this and have put together a little guide to get you started and help you through the process.
Before just diving into a project like this, we have outlined some things you may want to consider. And some questions you should ask yourself.
QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUILD YOUR HOME BAR
Before you get started on your home bar you should take a few minutes to think about the look and layout you want to have. If you take the time in the beginning to make a solid plan for your home bar, you will be happier with the results.
LAYOUT AND DESIGN OF YOUR HOME BAR
This is where your Home Bar starts to take shape, going through this stage of planning will give you insight into the size of your bar, what type of bar furniture and beer refrigeration you will need as well as how long this project will take.
DRAFT BEER AND WINE REFRIGERATION FOR YOUR HOME BAR
Refrigeration is one of the most important components of your Home Bar. There are many types of bar refrigeration: Wine Refrigerators, Draft Beer Refrigerators, Kegerators, Beverage Centers, and Ice Makers.
BUILDING YOUR HOME BAR
Let's assume you have decided not to buy a ready to assemble (RTA) home bar but install a custom home bar. You need to determine if you are going to build it yourself or if you are going to hire a contractor to do it. This will depend on the amount of free time you have vs. the amount money you have to spend.
BAR ARM RESTS AND BAR FOOT RAILS
The final touches for your basement or rec-room bar will be Arm Rests and Foot Rails. Your bar will look okay with out the foot rails but it will feel odd and be uncomfortable to sit at with out some sort of handrail or armrest.
BAR STOOLS AND SEATING FOR YOUR HOME BAR
Once you have your Home Bar constructed you will need a place for people to sit. Time for some Bar Stools. There are many varieties and sizes of Bar Stools and they range in cost from very reasonable to quite expensive. You will first need to determine if you want Wood Bar Stools or Metal Barstools. If your bar is the standard 42" you will most likely want 30" bar stools.
STOCKING YOUR HOME BAR
When your home bar is finally finished you will need to stock it so you can pour drinks and entertain. You will need to buy some bar supplies and bar accessories. You can break these down into three basic groups: alcohol, cocktail mixers, and bar accessories.
One of the best ways to determine what you would like your home bar to look like is to visit a few of your favorite drinking spots and take notes. So go get started, enjoy the process and if you have any questions feel free to contact us.