Use blueprints when building a home bar to estimate the size and amount of materials necessary to complete construction. Additionally, use blueprints to guide the assembly of the bar and track the specific cuts needed in lumber and which pieces attach at which points.
The blueprints for building a home bar vary depending on the complexity and features of the finished unit. HomeWetBar.com offers a free blueprint of a basic L-shaped bar that measures 51.5 inches deep by 77.5 inches wide by 41.75 inches tall. The bar top of the unit features a 3.5-inch overhang on the three outward-facing sides, a 45-degree corner and an inset fish tank on the front.
In addition to a blueprint, HomeWetBar.com offers step-by-step instructions with pictures and diagrams to assist in do-it-yourself construction of a home bar. Build the base of the bar out of lumber and plywood, and attach the internal framework of the piece using lumber and right-angle braces. Skin the bar interior and exterior with plywood attached with screws, leaving a cut-out on the front piece if electing to include the fish tank. Build and attach the bar top to the internal frame, and finish the entire unit by sanding and staining as desired. Finally, use self-leveling polyurethane such as Ultra-Glo to fill in and complete the home bar.