Making Homemade Bar Plans

Article by sarah james on November 24, 2012 under House Design category

Planning and making a bar, whether for home use or for a new business venture, is exciting. Making the plans is the first step in the process of making a bar. The plans determine what is located in which area, the materials for the bar, the space availability and the design of the bar. Once homemade bar plans are complete and ready to implement, making the bar or having the bar made professionally is an option.

Preparation for Making Homemade Bar Plans

Bar Plans Homemade

Bar Plans Homemade

Materials – Wood is the optimal material for constructing a bar. You can use plywood for a basic bar but planks of lumber look nicer for a more elaborate setup and are easier to finish with stain or paint. Another advantage is stability. Because lumber slats are thicker, they are sturdier and support more weight. You can use wood or a more solid material such as granite for the counter top. Granite and marble are easier to clean and to wipe up spills, but if either becomes saturated with water, you cannot repair it like wood. Water damage in wood is sanded out and refinished.

Bar Plans

Bar Plans

Space and Size – Analyzing the space for the bar is the first step in designing plans for a bar. The space must at least accommodate the base for the bar and a walking area. Splitting the dimensions of the space into two equal, long sections supplies you with a long counter top and a significant walkway to move along the bar. At least 2 feet for each component is sufficient because you need to make the overhang on the patron side approximately 12 inches and the overhang on the bartender’s side anywhere from 6 to 9 inches. Using an appropriate overhang on the guest’s side is vital to their comfort because they need set their legs under the counter top and still have access to their beverages at a proper eating and drinking distance. The standard height of a bar should not exceed or fall below approximately 42 inches. If you are working with a large raw space and can use any dimensions of it you want, section off an area along a wall that is rectangular in shape. The benefit of a long, thin bar top is that it provides ample seating for guests and plenty of room for foods and beverages. The wall at the back is ideal for a television and storage cabinets, and you do not have to worry about pointing your back to anyone.

Designing a Homemade Bar

Designing a Homemade Bar

Bar Components – Storage space underneath the bar top in shelf or cabinet form will allow you to easily grab the beverages you need quickly. Fully functioning bars have sinks under the bar top to dispose of liquid and ice. When a guest wants a new drink, you must dispose of any liquid in the glass prior to adding more, so a sink enables you to drain the glass fast without dumping it into the garbage. A refrigerator, either small or large, is a necessity in the bar. Most beverage mixers and drink garnishes require refrigeration, so setting one at the end of the bar, on the opposite end of the opening, keeps all your hosting necessities in one location.

Steps of Making Homemade Bar Plans

Homemade Bar Planning

Homemade Bar Planning

First, you should prepare the materials, such as: measuring tape, reference pictures, paper, pen or pencil, design software or blueprints.

After all the materials are prepared, you can begin the project by measuring the space for the bar. Whether the bar is located in a home or a business, the measurements available for space will determine exact plans. Measure the available length and depth of the space available.

Homemade Bar plans

Homemade Bar plans

Then, look at reference pictures. This will give an idea of available shapes, designs and materials for making a bar. The reference pictures are a base for the bar design, but the actual design might differ from the reference pictures.

The next step; draw a few basic pictures of the potential bar. Determine the preferred shape of the bar for the space and a few potential materials for the counters, cabinets and glasses. This will provide a basic design.

Homemade Bar

Homemade Bar

The last thing you should do for making homemade bar plans is you can install a design or building software into a computer. Use the software to design or make the bar plans. This uses the basic design and builds on it to create an image of the bar, the room and the space. In the software, the design and plans are made to scale, or according to accurate measurements. If design software is not preferred, use graph paper to create a scaled design to show measurements, materials and structure.

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