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How to Install the Framework for an Entertainment Bar

Host Fuad Reveiz shows how to spruce up a basement by building the framework for an entertainment bar.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Remove the Trim and Base Molding

Remove any trim work by using a utility knife to score the paint along the top of the shoe mold. Remove the base molding where it connects to the door casing.

remove trim and base molding

Step 2: Set the Template in Place

Measure the area where the bar will go and create a cardboard template for the cabinets. Set the template in place exactly where the cabinets will go (image 1). Measure and cut the bottom plates from 2x4s for the three wall sections. Set the bottom plates into position around the template and cut away the existing carpet along the 2x4s (image 2).

Step 3: Remove the Carpet

Remove the carpet, and remove any tackless strips holding the carpet in place. Cut away the carpet pad.

Step 4: Cut the Boards

Cut the rest of the rectangular 2x4s that will make up the remaining portions of the three wall sections.

Step 5: Assemble the Small Walls

Assemble the wall sections by using 16-penny nails to attach the studs to the treated bottom plate. Finish up the small walls by nailing the top rail into position.

Step 6: Set the First Wall

Lay the template back in place and trace a line around the template onto the surrounding concrete. This will create the guide for setting the wall sections. Set the first wall on the line, drill into the base plate and change to a masonry drill bit and drill the concrete.

set first wall

Step 7: Anchor the New Wall

Attach the frame to the floor with 2-1/2" masonry screws. Attach the other two sections like the first one. To bring the two sections together, temporarily attach a 2x4 across the corners to align the walls. Secure it with 3" wood screws. Finally, anchor the new wall into a stud in the existing wall.