Your step to step guide to build a drinks bar with acrylic
by Parisa Niaki
July 18, 2017
Acrylic Bars are best for the home, because this type of plastic is much stronger than glass and comes in a variety of styles and colors. A drinks bar is also easily assembled with just a few points to remember. Below, there is a step by step guide to creating your own refreshments center, adding to the versatile market of Acrylic Bars currently decorating homes throughout the United States and beyond.
As mentioned above, acrylic plastic comes in a variety of colors, from bright pastels to darker colors. In addition to personal taste, the color chosen should complement the room in which the drinks bar will be installed. A Google search for "colored acrylic sheets" will provide a wide selection of colors, as well as locations from which to purchase your supplies.
- Choose Your Color
There are two different types of acrylics bars.
The simplest bar involves creating a back-bar shelf and, for this type,you will have to decide how far from the wall you want the shelf to extend. This version is simply a shelf held to the wall by a bracket.
For a more complex drinks bar, which is typical of what is seen in most commercial bars, a box shelf is required. This involves a similar piece of acrylic as used above, but requires an additional piece of the same length. This second piece should also measure 50mm and 80mm in height.
In addition to the shelves, acrylic can also be used to cover your bar top, making clean-ups easy and giving the bar a glossy look. For this step, measure the length and width of the bar top and cut the acrylic plastic to fit. The piece can be laid on top of the bar as is.
- Measure Twice, Cut Once
First, you'll want to decide where you want your shelves and measure out the spaces on the wall, where you'll want to position the brackets. Keeping the protective film on your acrylic pieces, pencil in marks for the holes for each screw location.
Before drilling, it's advised that you use a level to ensure that the brackets will be straight and adjacent to once another to avoid a lopsided shelf.
Once you have drilled your holes into the acrylic and into the wall, it's just a matter of screwing the pieces into the wall.
For the more complex box shelf style of Acrylic Bars, acrylic cement is used to attach the two pieces together. Sand down the two edges that will face the wall and use an epoxy glue to affix the shelf to the wall.
Wait 24 hours for the epoxy to set, before using your new bar.
- Installing Your Bar Shelves