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DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases

A gorgeous DIY home bar from tall and short BILLY bookcases. It had been an aim of mine for some years now to build myself a bar at home for entertaining friends regularly.

Finally I decided to stop procrastinating and just get down to it. This is how my DIY Home Bar looks, completed.

DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases

Now, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts.

First I assembled the IKEA BILLY bookshelves. The tall ones form the storage cabinets for the bottles, nothing much hacked here.

I securely screwed the individual units together to each other and also fixed them securely to the back wall with a bracket that was supplied in the box. Better safe than sorry!

DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases

On to the bar counter, which was the more difficult part of the DIY home bar. The bones are 2 shorter BILLY bookcases and a walnut kitchen counter also ordered from IKEA.

To stabilize the structure, I bought some 45mm x 75mm wooden beams from the local hardware store. I then measured, cut and fixed these beams directly to the bookshelves.

In the process, I made a built in foot rest too. Next I attached an aluminium stair rail to the footrest to ensure longer wear and give the bar a better finish.

DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases
DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases

Next the entire structure is clad in beautiful floorboards from Jem & Fix.

This went quite speedily and just required some sawing and nailing. The boards clip together very neatly and look beautiful once joined.

DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases

The last step was to suspend the large bamboo lampshades, ROTVIK, over the counter. Stock up and cheers!

DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases   DIY Home Bar built from BILLY bookcases

See the full tutorial of my DIY home bar here.

~ Lanthus


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