Published on August 24th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Kitchen cabinets as a bar


Description: We built out own bar with FAKTUM kitchen wall cabinets, since they aren’t as deep as regular cupboards. This bar is 120 cm wide, and we found four already used 30 cm cabinets for a fourth of the regular price at the store, at the “bargain corner” (don’t know what that’s called in English..).

Then we used a regular countertop (PRÄGEL)and PERFEKT APPLÅD (for high cabinets) cover panel for the side of the bar.

For the front we used two 60×125 HÄRLIG doors since they were cheaper than a cover panel that size. Since the bar uses regular FAKTUM legs it’s exactly 125 cm high, so the doors were perfect in size.

The countertop is deeper than the cabinets and we let it “hang over” the front edge about 20 cm. Under that we placed LED lights to make that cool light effect.

As you can see the cabinets are perfect for a bar since the shelves are adjustable in height, making it easy to make place for extra high bottles and so on.

Behind the bar we have BILLY bookcases with BILLY MOREBO doors with the nicest bottles, glasses etc.

If you do a bar yourself, don’t forget to fasten it to the wall real good, people are gonna literally hang there all the time!

We’re still thinking about getting some sort of doors or maybe a sort of curtain at the back side to hide the mess, but so far it’s good enough.

~ Emmeli Hultqvist, Sweden

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13 Responses to Kitchen cabinets as a bar

  1. Annie says:

    Can you tell me what kind of lamps are hung above?

  2. Kay says:

    Oh my goodness, yes! This is exactly what I’ve been looking to do for a small kitchenette separation I need. Wonderful!

  3. Hugh Parizeau says:

    I love your kitchen cabinet! You know what? We do have a kind of kitchen cabinet just like that in our office pantry. By the way, my job is an office cleaner in perth.

  4. Albert Wood says:

    We found some of this stuff at a contemporary furniture los angeles. It looks heavy on the picture but it’s the total opposite of it. I loved it. It was never our problem when we moved into another house.

  5. Vicki Tower says:

    I’ve seen perfect knotty alder cabinets for your kitchen. This might be the answer to your problem now.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I got the same problem. Solutions?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Same question and problem here, I didn’t get the right high

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Since the bar uses regular FAKTUM legs it’s exactly 125 cm high, so the doors were perfect in size.”

    I just cant seem to wrap my head around this.. how?

    Faktum wall cabinets are only 70 or 92cm high.

    Faktum legs are 16 or 21 in hight.

    I cant figure out how you could fit 2x härlig 60×125 doors on the front, without some modification?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love this! The lights are a great touch!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is great! Wish they sold the Faktum here in the US. I will have to see if I can find any other cabinets that aren’t as deep as I would love to copy this, just in a black-brown to match the other furniture where it would go.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly what I want to make for my kitchen. How much did the whole project cost?

    I think curtains will be more practical for the back of the cabinet than doors.

    • Emmeli H says:

      The bar itself (including LED lights on the bar, not the hanging ones) was about 180€, then again we found some of the things on sale : )
      With original prices I estimate it to be around 220€ give or take!

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