How to Build a Home Bar on a Budget?


How to Build a Home Bar on a Budget?

This article will show you how to build a straightforward home bar that will meet your needs by giving you a few simple step-by-step directions. For get-togethers with friends or family, having a bar in a basement or another living area is essential. Use it for dining, watching sports, playing cards, or sipping on your preferred alcoholic beverage. 

Although very elementary woodworking abilities are required, if you lack any prior experience, don’t be alarmed. This will be an excellent project to start with if you can find a friend or family with some woodworking experience. This task will cost you about $100.

How To Prepare For A Home Bar On A Budget.

It need not be expensive to set up a home bar. You can build a durable and elegant home bar in a single weekend using recycled materials and a little work. All you need are the appropriate instruments, some patience, and a little knowledge.

The following equipment is required to finish the task. To provide more detail, We included the equipment and supplies We used. You do not need to go out to purchase these essential instruments if you don’t already have them. Instead, try borrowing these tools from a neighbor or a family member before making a purchase!

Tools Needed

  • Screw gun (impact driver)- 18 V Milwaukee 1/4″ Impact Driver
  • 2-foot level- Stanley Fatmax 2-foot level
  • Table Saw- Craftsman
  • Compound Miter Saw- Craftsman
  • Screws- 3-inch outdoor screws (ensure you have the same bit).
  • Finish nails- small 1-inch finish nails
  •  25′ tape measure and a pencil

Building a Bar without Woodworking Skills

A lack of essential woodworking experience will always make starting a new project appear overwhelming. But don’t worry; even if you’ve never handled wood before, you can still build a home bar on a budget. You should understand the basics of how tools work.

Dimensions For A Standard Home Bar.

To ensure that everything fits together, you must measure each component before beginning construction. Before making any preparations, think about where you’ll put the bar and measure the area. You can start creating your blueprint after you know the available space.

Purchasing Wood for a Bar.

The most difficult part of designing a bar on a tight budget may be finding the correct wood. However, your most significant expense will probably be the wood, not the power tools, so look for discounts by sourcing from wholesalers or purchasing recycled wood.

How to Construct a Bar Frame

The most challenging aspect of a woodworking job is starting it because you might overthink it. So, to avoid feeling overwhelmed, move this bar one step at a time.

Start by constructing a frame for your home bar out of 2x6s and simple wood screws. Laying it out on the ground, building it in three sections (or, if you want, walls), and then putting it all together is more accessible.

The vast wall has two 2x6s on either end that are wide enough to connect to the smaller wall’s 2x6s and add further support.

Our bar frame is around 40 inches tall and measures 84.5 inches across the front of the bar.

The bar top will add a few inches to the standard 42-inch bar height. This post will be helpful to you if you want to understand more about the average height.

Check to See If Your DIY Bar Is Level.

The tops of all sides must be level at this stage to avoid issues later. Be careful not to tip the basement bar while working on it because there is currently nothing holding it to the wall.

You should refrain from installing the bar at this stage because adjustments may be necessary. Even if your floor feels level, mounting a bar is advised to prevent tipping once the installation is complete.

Constructing the First bar top

Your home bar should have two top layers once construction is complete. In reality, the first bar top is a sub-top and won’t be where you or your companions set their drinks down. Instead, it serves as weak support for the last top.

Only two pieces of wood are required for this first top to cover the entire length of the bar. Since the aggregate width of the two sections should be strong enough to support the ultimate top bar, you can use any ordinary 34-inch plywood. Pine is a good choice because it offers plenty of support without being overly expensive.

The initial top can be attached using standard wood screws and wood glue once it has been built.

Constructing the Final bar top

Start cutting the final top bar once your measurements are squared away. Since your visitors will place their drinks on the second bar top, it is necessary to measure and level the surface beforehand.

Additionally, you should sand the top surface to give it a smooth feel. Finally, if you want to add epoxy, even wood will help the epoxy dry more smoothly.

Create and Install Bar Shelves.

Adding bar shelves will give your bar top a polished and professional appearance even though they are not required. Additionally, they allow you more vertical storage space for liquor bottles, drinking glasses, shakers, and other bar supplies. If you choose to construct them, begin by building a frame.

Before adding the final shelf, build the shelving frames out of 2×4 wood. To prevent the shelves from extending to the internal edge and posing a potential drop risk, the frame should be smaller than the bar itself.

Finishing Touches are Added.

You can start adding finishing touches once your budget home bar’s final construction is complete. Consider this phase to be the bar’s interior design.

After putting in the effort to make it a reality, you can now make it appear lovely, polished, and professional.


Going out to a bar with your pals when you could stay home and have the same experience for a lot less money is not a sensible move. You can build a high-quality home bar on a budget without woodworking experience.

Finding high-quality yet reasonably priced materials only requires little effort, patience, and research. Measure everything carefully; if you’re unsure of something, don’t be afraid to back off.