Building a Home Bar
Get tips from DIY Network on building a home bar.
You can add a raised bar to your design if you have a section of your counter that is open on both sides. If this section also includes your sink, a raised bar is a great way to hide dirty dishes.
Start by measuring the length of the space you want the countertop to fit in. Next, cut one 2” x 6” board to fit the space as a top plate base for the final countertop.
Determine how high you want the bar to be above the countertop and cut 2” x 6” stud spacers. Figure in the 1.5” for the thickness of the top plate and also the thickness of the final bar material when measuring the height of these spacers. You will want enough stud spacers to have one spaced every 18” along the length of the new bar space.
Nail or screw the spacers to the counter area (Image 1) and then nail or screw the 2” x 6” counter base on top of that (Image 2).
Attach the countertops and raised bar as instructed by the manufacturer, usually with silicone.
Because the bar will likely extend well beyond the 2” x 6” top plate, you may need to attach brackets for support.