Constructing a Bamboo Tiki Bar

An outdoor bamboo tiki bar is a great way to add a bit of tropical-island charm to your garden, especially in the appropriate surroundings and climate. You can purchase such bars in kits that you assemble yourself following the manufacturer’s instructions. However, if you choose to build your own, you can get a far more personalized result and something that better suits your specific circumstances. Assuming that you are building an average-sized tiki bar, you should be able to get the job done over a weekend if you have all of the necessary tools and materials already.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Graph paper
  • Basic stationary
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdriver and screws
  • String
  • Bar top surface
  • Bamboo
  • Trim
  • Wood for frame
  • Sandpaper
  • Plywood
  • Protective wood stain
  • Saw
  • Bolts
  • Metal L-brackets

Step 1 – Design the Tiki Bar

To know exactly how much material you need for the job, make an accurate design on graph paper. Determine the length, height, width and depth of the bar and its roof. Normally, a standard-sized bar is 42 inches and the depth will be up to 30 inches and about six feet in width. You can, of course, use your own measurements.

Step 2 – Build the Frame

Cut the wood that you need for the frame of the bar. Form a rectangular frame matching the requirements that you planned for. Join each corner of the frame together using exterior screws. Once you have connected the main parts of the frame, you will need to add more stability to it using metal L-brackets. Three of these should be screwed onto each corner of the frame. This will provide the tiki bar frame with a great deal of extra strength.

Step 3 – Attach the Roof Posts

The roof-supporting posts will typically be about ten feet in height. These should be attached to the sides of the frame with heavy bolts. Make sure that the posts stand completely straight by using a spirit level. Make sure that the posts stand directly opposite each other at each end of the bar. As with the frame, use more metal L-brackets on the corners between the poles and the frame to add additional strength to the construction.

Step 4 – Build the Roof

Build an A-shaped frame for the roof of the pitch extent that you require. Cut a 45-degree angles at both ends of the four frame parts and connect them together. Again, use L-brackets to add strength. Add plywood sheeting to each side of the roof frame, allowing this to overlap the frame by a couple of inches. Attach it using two-inch screws. You can then apply palm leaves or thatching onto the roof, stapling it in place.

Step 5 – Install the Sides and Top of the Bar

Cut appropriately sized sections of plywood for the top and sides of the bar. Screw these in place. You will probably want to leave the bartender-side open, allowing the underside of the bar to be used for storage. Finally, add the bamboo facing to the front and sides of the bar having measured and cut the bamboo sticks to the right height. Finally, cover any exposed wood such as the bar surface and the roof supports with a protective stain.