Basement Bars: How to Create a Tiki Bar

tiki bar
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Bamboo poles
Grass skirts
6 2x4s
1 3/4-inch plywood sheet
Island themed accessories

Basement bars are fast becoming a part of the man cave phenomenon. As their popularity grows, so do the styles and themes of basement bars. Depending on the decor of your basement, your bar can take on several appearances. One favorite is a tiki bar because it is easy to build and fun to use. The article that follows will show you how to turn your existing basement bar into a Tiki Bar.

Step 1 - Cutting the Wood

When working on any project, it is always a good idea to measure your area and cut your wood to fit your particular needs. Since basement bars usually do not have a roof, you will have to make one, as Tiki Bars generally do have them.

Measure the space between the top of the basement bar to the ceiling. Choose a height that is sufficient for the bar and the people who may stand under it. Cut the 2x4-inch boards to that size and lay them to the side. They will be the main supports for the roof.

Measure the width of the bar and cut a 2x4-inch board to that length. It will be the center support beam for the roof. Cut the plywood sheet into two 1.5-feet wide pieces that are the same length as the support beam. Measure the short side of the plywood and cut 2x4-inch boards to match.

You will need 4 pieces. Trim one end of these 2x4-inch boards at a 45-degree angle. Saw the bamboo poles in half lengthwise, turning one round pole into two halves. Measure the height of the front of the bar and cut the bamboo rods to that length.

Step 2 - Assemble the Roof

Remove the two main supports and the 4 angled pieces. Nail an angled piece to the main support with the angled side flush against the support and even with the top. Attach it to the thick side of the support. Repeat with each of the angled pieces.

Attach the center support beam to one of the side structures, skinny end to wide end, with the top flush to the top of the side supports. Repeat with the second side. Place the plywood on the center beam with the edges even with the bottom of the angled pieces. Nail it in place and repeat with the second side. Move the roof to the center of the tiki bar and nail it in place.

Step 3 - The Island Flavor

Add bamboo rods to the front of the bar and the sides. Glue them in place with strong, industrial glue. Add glue to the plywood roof and begin layering grass skirts. Start at the bottom by attaching one row of skirts, followed by a second row that overlaps the first. Continue until covered then add the island themed accessories.