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Plans For Building A Tiki Bar

Updated on October 8, 2013

Have You Ever Thought About Your Own Back Yard Paradise?

The picture to the left is the Tiki Bar that I built. I used an instruction guide which I purchased online to build the backyard paradise. It is great for entertaining friends, family, and neighbors.

This project took me about one week to build from start to finish, in just a few hours each day. I had a very good set of tiki bar plans to follow with over 85 pictures and illustrations.

Tiki - is a state of mind, an instant ambiance and a distinctive Tiki bar provides a congregation area to socialize and unwind after a long day. Add a few friends and it's an instant party without the hassle! Conversations and rum punch seem to flow with ease within this relaxing Tiki atmosphere. A Tiki Bar is a welcome addition to any home and lifestyle.

What I Have Learned About Building My Own Tiki Bar

by Jerry Standefer

Being a tiki bar owner now for over 5 years I have learned things that I wish would have done and things that I would never do again. I would like to share with you my mistakes and improvements to my tiki bar.

First I would like to discuss a few things that I learned building my own outside bar. Outside, need I say more! The weather conditions in your area will determine how you build your bar. Here are ideas you need to pay attention to if you are building an outside tiki bar.

Your Climate- If you live in an area that has warm summers and cold winters, then you will encounter the same obstacles that I came against. Make sure you use treated wood for any surface that comes in contact with the ground. If you don't follow this rule then your tiki bar will soon shrink and crack. That is why you must use treated lumber; it shrinks less and will last much longer. Anytime you have wood that is exposed to the weather you need to pay close attention to the type of wood you use and proper treating of the wood after it is installed.

Insects- I used white cedar logs for the construction of my roof structure because cedar is supposed to be less susceptible to insect damage. Okay, throw that out the window, I went along for three years without any insect problems until last year. I noticed wood dust and small chips lying on my bar top. I thought it was coming from thatch falling or breaking apart but to my surprise I had carpenter bees! After inspecting my white cedar logs I discovered holes about 3/8 inch bored in some of my logs. I knew I had to address this situation immediately and after doing some research I called an exterminator. A carpenter bee looks almost identical to a common bumble bee except no hair on abdomen and the males are unable to sting. They love natural cedar! May sure you apply either wood preservative or a good Valspar varnish to your logs.

Bar Top- There are many different opinions about what to use for your bar top. I did skimp here and sorry I did! It is suggested that you use marine plywood for the bar top, and for good reason. I used the next best thing I thought, oak plywood. The oak plywood was fine for the first couple of years, applying about ten coats of marine varnish. This would be fine except the edges of the plywood are very difficult to seal. Once water started getting into wood I had nothing but problems! To solve my problem I applied glass tile to my tiki bar top using waterproof glue and grout. The marine plywood is very expensive but well worth the money.

Palm Thatch- The life of your roof on the tiki bar will definitely be determined by your weather. You can figure on replacing your thatch palms at least every two years. The only way that you can eliminate this problem is to buy high quality commercial synthetic thatch. The popularity of outdoor restaurants with tiki thatch roofs has developed a need for this synthetic thatch. I just re-thatched my bar with sealed thatch that will give you an extra 2 years of additional life.

Securing Your Bar- One thing I would like to mention here, is anchoring your bar down is a must item. I am fortunate enough that my bar is sitting on a concrete apron around my pool area. I used drop in concrete anchors to prevent my bar from blowing over in high winds.

I cannot overemphasis the importance of a good set of plans before you start building your tiki bar. This will save you time and money along with advice from an expert builder who builds outdoor paradises for a living. Visit Build Tiki Bar so you can see testimonials from people who have built their own bar.

As a hobbyist, Jerry enjoys working with wood, building a tiki bar started out as a fun family project but now has turned into a small business. Follow his progress as he describes building his outdoor paradise. Visit Build Tiki Bar to see how you can build your own island paradise.

Best Tiki Bar Plans
Best Tiki Bar Plans

Tiki Bar Building-Things to Consider

by Jerry Standefer

You have made the decision to build a tiki bar but there are a few things to consider. When I first decided to build my own tiki bar I didn't know where to start. I have listed a few items that you might want to take note of.

• Directions on how to build a tiki bar-Probably the most important item to consider is a good set of plans or drawings. Having directions to follow can save you many hours of time and also wasting material. A good set of plans should be easy to follow and allow for any changes you might want for your own bar such as; electrical, storage space, and overall size. Pictures and illustration are also a plus when building your tiki bar.

• Material selection-The first step when building your tiki bar will be purchasing your wood. Remember don't skimp here, because the type of wood you purchase will determine how many years it will last. Make sure all your exterior wood is rated for outdoor use. If you need help selecting the wooden poles that will support the roof structure then check out a few commercial outdoor tiki bars to see what kind of material they used.

• Location of your tiki bar-My recommendation is to locate your bar on a flat surface such as concrete or if you are thinking about mounting on the ground then you must anchor it down securely so that the wind doesn't relocate it for you! If you are mounting close to your swimming pool then you will be able to use concrete anchors to secure it. One nice effect that I have seen is placing sand all around your tiki bar to give it even more of an island atmosphere. Plan this will along with your utilities that will be contained in your bar such as electrical for outlets and water for a sink if you plan to have one. Also, observe local building codes especially around swimming pools.

• Maintaining your tiki bar-This advice that I am telling you here can not only save you money but add many years to the life of your outdoor paradise. If you live in a seasonable climate with cold winters and warm summers you will find two of nature's most damaging elements; sun and winter weather. Having a tiki bar now for many years I have found how weather affects the surface of the bar top. I used oak plywood for my bar top trying to cut cost but should have used marine grade plywood rated for water and sun. You will find it very difficult to maintain your bar top unless you follow steps using the very finest of marine grade varnish with several coats to protect the surface. With my tiki bar, I got frustrated trying to maintain the wood surface so I used glass tile with waterproof grout, so far two years and it looks as good as day one.

I hope that these tips will help you make the right choices the first time so you can save money while enjoying your own back yard tiki bar, a true paradise at home. Above all, get yourself a good set of plans such as those available at my website.

How I Built My Tiki Bar-Video

Tiki Bar Guide
Tiki Bar Guide

Build Your Own Paradise a Back Yard Tiki Bar

by Jerry Standefer

My wife and I love taking vacations in the Caribbean. I got the idea of making my own backyard paradise by building a back yard tiki bar with a full thatched roof. I had several pictures I have taken during our cruise vacations in different islands in the Caribbean. I knew the design I wanted, but next I needed some plans to follow to build my island backyard paradise. After looking for plans on the internet I came across some very well laid out guide which included photos; believe me I like looking at pictures so I can visualize what I am building.

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I wanted plans that where easy to follow with illustrations showing each step along the way. I am very picky when it comes to following drawings, they must be precise and if I want to change some dimensions my self I could. I bought the plans in an eBook format which downloaded immediately to my computer. They came in a PDF format which meant that I could print them out if I desired, which I did.

The first thing I did was look at a very well organized material list so that I could purchase my lumber from my local home improvement store. I decided to make the outside of my tiki bar done with cedar tongue and grove which made a very attractive and able to withstand the east coast weather. This bar that I made is eight foot long by four foot wide, and will easily seat six adults. The bar top is made of oak plywood that is a decision that I made instead of using marine plywood, and really it's how you coat your bar top to with stand the weather. Another great design of this professional bar is the white cedar logs which seem to me hard to get in this part of the country. But, without the white cedar logs it just wouldn't be a real tiki bar. One note that I might make here is that all the cedar logs and palm thatch are available from the same people I got the plans from.

I could go on and on about the quality of this back yard tiki bar but until you actually see one in person; well you will have to take my word for it.

As far as what tools you will need are just basic power tools. I used a powered miter saw to precisely cut my two by fours for the frame to make sure everything was square before I started the assembly. The assembly was very simple because the step by step drawings showed you in detail with pictures what your bar is supposed to look like. Don't laugh, I assemble the frame work for the tiki bar in my basement and guess what it would not fit through my basement exit doors! It is a good thing I didn't glue it together, which I recommend.

You are probably wondering were I got these plans for this professional back yard tiki bar? Just click on the photo and I will take you to an island tiki bar guide book.

Get Started building your own tiki bar or hut today
Get Started building your own tiki bar or hut today

Plans to Build an Outdoor Tiki Bar

by Jerry Standefer

For those who have already made a bar and really do not feel like making another, but would really like the entire Pacific Island effect, it's easy to build an outdoor Tiki bar. Adapt the bar that you already have, especially if for only one event, by adding simulated thatch to the roof and wrap the bar with bamboo trim or even the bamboo mats. With the basics in place, you can further dress the bar with additional Tiki home décor like mini palms, brightly colored patio lights, solar-powered Tiki torches, bamboo furniture and brightly colored flowers. For an authentic look, add carved wooden Tiki masks and sculptures for effect.

Make your home bar plans adaptable and portable. In the summer months, you can place a 6 foot, homemade Tiki bar outside on the patio or deck, dress the roof with simulated thatch that will protect the roof structure and the bar itself, and wrap the base with bamboo mats. The bigger the size of the bamboo strung together in the mats, the more authentic the effect. You can paint a colorful Tiki design on the exterior rim of the bat and for an extremely effective Tiki look, either carve the posts supporting the thatch roof, or make them broad enough to hang carved masks from the Pacific Islands. A bar like this is small enough to pick up and move inside, especially when made with a detachable roof, and attractive enough to enhance your décor.

Building an outdoor Tiki bar for your home is much easier than you would think. Home bar plans are available online and even at Lowe's. Tiki home décor is fun to design and can be modified to adapt to winter months. A Tiki bar can serve food, fresh juices, and soft drinks as well as alcohol, making it a vacation destination for the whole family, without every having to leave home.

Use these free and printable home bar plans as templates for building a home bar. These freestanding bars and poolside bar plans will help create a place for entertaining your friends and family at home.

This home bar plan is for a 72″ x 42 ½" x 24″ home bar. It looks like a raised panel front and has an armrest and a brass foot rail. Behind the classic exterior there is a work shelf, sliding wine racks, drawers and storage shelves. This free home bar plan is made with ¾" plywood. Go to the bottom of this website and click on the download button to receive this 26 page free assembly instruction manual.

Use a Step by Step Guide for Your Home Bar Design

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Plans to Build an Outdoor Tiki Bar. Building an outdoor Tiki bar for your home is much easier than you would think. Home bar plans are available online.

Building materials for a standard tiki bar are typically one or a combination of some of the following materials: wood (cypress, teak, cedar and so forth), bamboo, thatch and even PVC piping. If you're building from a plan, it will most likely provide instructions on which materials are best suited to your design. The problem is that some of these building materials (particularly bamboo and thatch) are often hard to come by. Some builders choose to substitute these hard-to-find materials for others - for example, using PVC pipes in place of bamboo poles. If you have your heart set on truly tropical building materials, however, an Internet shopping search usually yields viable options for online retailers who sell the material.

Tiki Bar In Your Backyard
Tiki Bar In Your Backyard

A Guide to Building A Tiki Bar

by Jerry Standefer

Building a tiki bar can be a fun project that is very rewarding and also will safe you a bunch of money. Considering that if you where to purchase your own tiki bar, you could spend anywhere between two to five thousand dollars, and then you might not be satisfied with the bar.

A guide is designed to make your building a step by step project with complete drawings and pictured illustrations. Here is a complete look at the guide I used to build my back yard paradise.

After searching the internet for days trying to find a set of plans that I could follow, I came upon a website dedicated to the tiki lifestyle. The person who owns this business is known as Tiki Kev. He got his nickname because he is known for quality craftsmanship as a carpenter. He started out building custom decks for people. On his honeymoon in the Caribbean he discovered his first encounter with a "tiki Bar". He looked at the palm thatched bar and took mental notes and decided that he would build his own outdoor tiki bar. This is basically how he started building these island master pieces and now has a lucrative business.

You ask what makes his so much better than the next guys. Kevin's bars are made with quality that is made to last for years. The plan are so superior to anything else out there that you can build a tiki bar starting this week.

The guide that he sells comes with everything you will need to take you step by step through the building process starting with the tools you will need.

Included with his plans are little tips on how to check to see if it is square or drawings that show detail about how to seal your bar top. Remember these tiki bar plans come from a master carpenter who has spent his whole life working with wood.

What is so amazing about these master plans are that they are available for less than $25, a true bargain for anyone wanting to build a tiki bar. The plans are for a 4 x 8 foot custom bar that is easy and in expensive to make. The plans include: photos and illustrations, electrical hook-ups, over 40 pages which includes cabinet and shelves.

So what are you waiting for, I built my own back yard paradise without any carpentry skills. Now, I am the envy of the neighborhood. The quality and appearance stands out and my friends are amazed that I was able to build my own tiki bar.

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