Building a Rustic Style Wine Bar

A young man and woman clinking glasses of white wine at a party.

There are many types of wine and just as many styles of wine bars. Each person’s choice is different. One golden rule to abide by is to measure the space it will go into and not have it overpower the size of the room. As such, this simple wine bar will be ideal for most homes.

Plan Your Bar

Most wine bars are approximately 42-45 inches in height, 55-65 inches in length, and 22-30 inches deep. Make sure that the bar you are designing will fit into the area where you are planning to house it.

Assemble Your Bar

Lay the 4 pieces of shorter lumber (1 x 22 x 38 inches) at equal distances with their edges facing upward. Place the larger (1 x 22 x 55 inches) pieces across the top and secure them using glue and 2 wood screws. Place the large piece of plywood across the front of your frame, enclosing it. Secure them to each edge piece using glue and 2 wood screws. Stand it upright.

Turn the construction so you are facing the open side of the wine bar. You will have 3 equal sections. You can now assemble the shelves. Using the 3 cleats (1 x 24 x 4 inches), measure equal distances from the inside top of the center section and screw three cleats into the back area. Screw 2 wood screws into the sides of each cleat. This will secure the cleats at the back to create sturdy shelves. Attach the other 3 cleats (1 x 24 x 4 inches) at the very front edge.

Secure the Bottom

Lay your wine bar on its back so that the open front is facing upward. Attach the final larger piece of lumber (1 x 22 x 48 inches) to the bottom of the assembled wine bar with 2 screws in each edge piece. This will serve as the bottom shelf. What you will have left are 2 pieces measuring 1 x 48 x 4 inches and 2 pieces measuring 1 x 20 x 4 inches. These will become your plinth.

Take the shorter pieces and secure them to the bottom sides of the wine bar using a block cleat in each corner. Then, using the longer pieces, attach them to the front and back. Attach using 2 screws for each side. Once your wine bar is fully assembled, stand it up.

Sand and Finish

To preserve the rustic appearance, don’t sand your wine bar completely smooth, but do eliminate any areas that could generate splinters or edges that could cause physical harm. Use varnish or wood stain to coat the wine bar at least twice, allowing for enough drying time between each coat.