How to Make an Indoor Tiki Bar

Published: 08th December 2011
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Paradise is a simple assembly project away. The rise of the Tiki has been increasing in popularity since the mid 1930's. These are easy to do projects that can be done with a pre-fabricated kit or as a do it yourself project. With a good set of plans, a little basic building knowledge, time and patience one can be enjoying the Tiki atmosphere on a deck, or in available indoor spaces.

If money is not an issue or a problem the best way to proceed is to purchase a prefabricated kit. These will cost quite a bit of money, and many do not use authentic Tiki materials. Many times they are simply plastics made to look like bamboo and palm leaves. The authentic do it yourself will want to find a set of plans that are easy to read, have a moderate number of steps, and allow for assembly in a day.

One does not need to spend a lot of money to assemble a Tiki bar in their backyard, on a deck, in a basement, or in a den. The first step would be to acquire a set of plans that one likes. Makes sure that they are comprehendible and that all the materials and hardware can be acquired.

Once the plans are acquired, the second step is to begin gathering all the hardware and materials needed to build the Tiki bar. Basically this will include particle board, lumber, saw, staples, nails and sandpaper. One will also need a staple gun, hammer and tape measure. In order to put finishing touches on your Tiki bar make sure to have paint and painting supplies, bamboo mats, masks, Tiki lights, palm or straw for roof and over umbrellas, as well as other nautical type decor.

Step three is to cut the particle board and the lumber to the required lengths in your design plan. This will make the assembly quicker if one does not need to constantly stop to cut wood. Step four entails commencing the assembly of the bar and the countertops. Once this has been completed, step five is assembling and attaching the Tiki bar roof.

Now that the Tiki bar is fully assembled it is time to make it look like a Tiki bar. Step six is the sanding process. Sand down all the wood, even the roof. Once all the sanding is completed, step seven is to paint the bar area, or use wood finish. This includes the front, inside, poles, and countertop. Step eight entails the attaching of the roofing material and affixing all the bamboo matting in and around the bar area.

Step nine is to finish off the countertop of the bar. Edge it with rope, and attached any other bamboo or matting that has not already been installed. Step ten is to run electrical power to the bar in order to run the appliances. This will also mean positioning the appliances where they are desired in the bar. Step eleven is then to add the lighting for the bar.

Lighting can entail the installation of rope lights, electrical tiki torches, or if the bar is outside, regular, oil burning tiki torches. Step twelve is to hang and install all necessary or desired authentic tiki decor. This will include masks, statues, and umbrellas.

Once all of these steps have been completed the individual will be ready to make the first round margaritas and enjoy the ambience of their new Tiki environment. The new Tiki Bar will be the talk of friends and offer a sense of pride that one built it on their own.

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