The In-Wall Bar
The home bar that takes up a corner of the room or an entire room is definitely the one to have. But, what if you don’t have that kind of space? What if you are not ready for an entire bar, but would like a comfortable place to sit and drink other than the couch? The In-Wall Bar is the thing to do.
It installs just like the old drop down ironing board. But, I think it’s better if it pulls up instead of drops down. The premise is that you can have storage space inside the wall for different drinks. It’s the perfect set. So, let’s get started.
If you live in an apartment or a small home, the in-wall bar will make a welcome addition. You can build a structure in the wall between the studs that allows you to hide your bar when not in use. Pull up the bar and your various drinking accessories are underneath right where you stored them.
It doesn’t have to be that technical of a job. The finish, while not difficult, will be the hardest part of building the in-wall bar, especially if you have drywall, which most apartments and small houses do. Cut the 18″ wide rectangle 3′ up from the floor. Build an 18″ wide, 3′ high shelving with plywood and shelving of your choice. Leave a 2″ border of space around the outside of the shelving to give space for the bar itself. Place the shelving in the wall and secure it with brackets.
Build the 18″ wide by 3′ long bar with 2x4s and plywood. Finish the counter top with any finish you want. If you want to hide the bar in the wall, use the plywood you cut out of the wall. But, I like a dark wood finish that lets everyone know it’s there. Secure your counter top in the wall with locking hinges that you attach to the studs. That way, they hold your bar up in place when you are drinking. Then, drop it when you are finished. You’ll love it and your company will love it too.
However, there is another way to have a wall bar. It’s not in the wall. For those of you who can’t do any construction to your home because you don’t own it and your landlord won’t allow it, you can have a wall bar that doesn’t take up much space and looks great.
It’s a wall unit that hangs on your wall like a picture. Build it in any style you want. Of course, once again, I’m a fan of dark wood with a mirror in the back. But, use your imagination and have fun with it.
Build your wall bar in the dimensions that you want. Build a shelving unit for the top of the bar that holds glasses and mugs. A shelving unit at the bottom of the bar holds various other drinking accessories. An extended shelving unit at the bottom of the bar is utilized to pour drinks and you have a wall bar. It’s rather easy to do it yourself.
You don’t need an elaborate bar that takes up a corner of a room or an entire room. It can wait until you have a home of your own or a larger home for an addition of this nature. Until then, you can still enjoy a home bar that doesn’t take up much space but serves a great purpose.