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Forum topic by MattO posted 05-18-2010 06:49 PM 1720 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2010 06:49 PM

I’m finishing up my basement renovation, and have started the final phase which is designing/building a bar. The area the bar is going in has a beam support pole about 18” from the nearest wall.

I’m having trouble designing something that looks good, while including the pole. Any creative ideas would be greatly appreciated! (I’m open to anything- incorporating shelves, L-shaped, etc) The Flickr set link below has a picture of the area, as well as a few screen-shots of AutoDesk Inventor drawings I’ve done so far.

FYI- the wall behind the pole is about 8’ long. The wall next to the pole is about 5.5’. If I do go with a straight bar, there would probably be a narrow row of cabinets/shelves on the back wall for holding liquor, glasses, etc.

Thanks for any input you may have!


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#1 posted 05-18-2010 07:03 PM

How about framing the pole in wood with glass shelves between it and the wall. A great place to exhibit your fine taste in booze. Or whatever. Of course, then you would need a light over it.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 09:10 PM

Are you planning on putting a kegerator and/or a bar frig in?

If so, I’d stick those along the short (5.5’) wall. You can put shelves above the kegerator/frig or along the back wall. Frame the pole in with wood or build a stub wall around it, and start your bar from there.

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#3 posted 05-18-2010 09:14 PM

Great idea on the glass shelf… There actually won’t be a fridge or kegerator, b/c there’s a full size fridge in a separate area from the bar already.

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 05:28 PM

What better project than a bar… Yeah, I’d clad the pole with wood and design shelving to the wall. I’m thinking a nice dark pub looking bar. What about stools? Do you need a footrest? You could build a fake pole on the other side to give it some balance and visually frame the area in nicely. Panels up front and on the exposed side. Maybe something spanning the poles across the ceiling if it doesn’t get too crowded. Nice indirect lighting should be part of the design. There are several ways to make or buy a true bar profile for the front edge if that’s the look you’re going for, or just a nice canitlevered section spanning the poles for belly-up clearance (see NYW kitchen island).

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 01:50 PM

Great ideas guys, thanks! I definitely like the balanced look of the NYW island, and probably will do a fake pole on the other end to balance things out. And I do like the idea of shelves going to the wall- keeps things nice and open.

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 06:33 AM

I think Norms looks good too.

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#7 posted 05-29-2010 06:57 PM

nottottoman- I like what you are saying about flow, which is why I’m struggling to love any of these designs. For Design 4, how exactly would you do the angle? And from which corner?

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#8 posted 04-23-2015 02:44 PM

Go around the pole with round shelves spaced at bottle or glass height. Or spacing on the bottom for hefeweizen glasses, then pilsner glasses, then next up for wine glasses, then the next up for martini glasses, then rock glasses then shot glasses. You could spend hundreds filling the shelves with nice glasses.

Or use it as an opportunity as a place to have a dancer on the bar. The ad in the classified would be as follows: Have—one pole, needed—one dancer.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#9 posted 04-23-2015 03:57 PM

1 being top left,6 being bottom right, I would go with 6 but open to the front shelfs,think bookcase,to put you kewl mugs and finds to display on it with some lighting.

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#10 posted 04-23-2015 05:56 PM

What is the ceiling height like? Maybe able to do a play on design 6 with a shelf spanning the two uprights for a hanging glass rack below it and the top TOP shelf selection above? Could maybe carry it around the other side to the wall.

I was thinking about doing something like that when I built mine but didn’t have the ceiling height available to pull it off without getting in the way and instead did something similar on the back bar.

-- --Jay

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#11 posted 04-23-2015 11:29 PM

I also like design 6. I would put shallow shelves on the front for decorative mugs, trophies, etc. as was already suggested. Then I would have the tap(s) come out the side of the box and the back could have shelves for bottles and glasses.

It drives me crazy that a builder would have a support post 18” from a wall. It would have been sooooo much better to put the support in the wall and extend the header.

-- Art

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