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Free Bar Plan


Free Basic Wet Bar Plan:

This simple home bar design is offered as a FREE sample of our bar project plans. It consists of a base support wall, a simple "wet" drink prep work space and a bar top.

Assembly is easy. Start by building a simple wall frame for the front and sides. Using thicker 2 x 6 framing studs adds weight and allows for easy routing of plumbing or electrical later on in the project.  To lower costs, you may substitute 2 x 4 framing studs. The bar top can be a simple one sheet top or a double layer to create the beer gutter and front rail lip. Required tools include: circular saw, cordless drill, tape measure, pencil. Wood glue optional.

The arm rail uses Chicago Style Arm Rail Molding. Add an optional foot rest using tubular Brass Rail . If you want to get really fancy, you could also add trim, corbels and appliques. Watch the video then read on below for more information.

Free Home Bar Assembly Video


Step By Step Home Bar Plan:

Follow these five easy steps to building a simple home wet bar.
Only basic woodworking tools are require, here's a list of recommend tools.
You will require the following materials:

  • Ten 2x6x8' construction studs
  • Two sheets 3/8" OSB (Oriented Strand Board) sheeting
  • Two Sheets finish grade plywood.
  • Two 8 foot sections of Chicago Arm Rail

STEP 1: Frame the front and sides.

Frame the sides and base. Use 2x6 lumber. Optionally, 2x4 lumber can be used to reduce weight and cost.
Framing requires a total of 10 boards, cut as follows.

  • Front base and top (2)  = 84"
  • Side bases and tops (4) = 24"
  • Vertical upright boards (12) = 38"
free home bar cut list

This rending shows how many boards to cut from the ten 2"x 6"x8' boards.

Assemble the framing as shown in the video above. Here are some fastening tips...


Detailed fastener locations and tips.

When completed, you should have something that looks like this...

basic wet bar frame comstruction

The basic wet bar core framing. It doesn't get much easier than this.

STEP 2: Apply side sheeting.

Measure, cut and apply side sheeting. One structural layer of 3/8" min OSB is recommended. Optionally use finish grade 1/2" sheeting or cover OSB layer with paneling or stone product of your choice. Boefore you continue, consider adding a kegerator to the bar by adding a cutout to the work counter. These kegerators are the perfect fit.

STEP 3: Cut Bar Top(s)

Cut the dual layer bar top from two sheets of finish grade plywood. The bottom layer provide the lip for the beer gutter and are rail and offers added strength.  The top layer is slightly smaller and should be the best grain pattern of the the two sheets.

STEP 4: Cut the Arm Rail Molding

For this project, you will need a total of 98+36.6+36.5=171 inches of rail material. As you may notice, the front rail may have to consist of two spliced sections as it exceeds the 8 foot length of most stock bar rail by two inches. An easy fix would be to subtract 2 inched from the overall length of the bar. Check out the Bar Arm Rail Molding page to find sources and techniques for various types of bar rail.

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STEP 5: Finish Up and Trim

Finish up by installing the wet bar work space shelf and inside panels. Trim the exterior as you see fit. This site has many examples of complete home bar projects and framing techniques. Add a kegerator or compact beer cooler and you're ready to start entertaining at home.

Don't forget the Bar Stools:

No home bar project is complete without a set of bar stools. You can buy them locally or from the worlds largest online superstore...and get free shipping.

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Each set includes full material and cut lists plus easy to follow step by step assembly instructions.  Full membership also includes access to our Builder's Gallery and Forum areas for project help and great design ideas.

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If you're a quick start type of person, our free bar plan video shown below may be all you need. It's an easy to build bar that can be moved about with any herniation. Take a look and if you need more info of have any questions, post a comment below.


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  1. Thanks for the info! I love your other designs too.

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