How to Build a Raised Bar Countertop
The raised countertop designs have created a craze nowadays. Almost every homeowner wished to acquire this design while working on any remodeling projects. In fact, the raised countertops also offer great accessibility for working precisely in the kitchen. So, if you are willing to install a raised bar on the countertops, you will be able to ensure proper accessibility and aesthetic look around your home. But the question is how to build a raised bar countertop? Wanna learn? I will tell you how but that’s going to be a bit tricky so, concentrate on the article until the end.
With a raised bar, you will be able to hide your clutter for which your guests won’t be able to see your kitchen utensils like soap, sponges, sinks, etc. Well, this is one of the greatest advantages of a raised bar. You can also use this bar to take breakfast and spreading the food items at the time of house parties. Honestly, there are several advantages, and if I only start to explain those, I can fill the next ten pages. So, leave all these things, and let’s see how to build a raised bar countertop.
Tools You Will Need
- Measuring Tape
- Circular Saw
Materials You Will Need
- Silicon Adhesive
- 2×6 boards
- Custom Countertops
How to Build a Raised Bar Countertop
If you have gathered all those things, you have to now follow the simple steps below. Are you ready? Then let’s dive in!
Step 1 – Remove the Old Countertops
First of all, you have to remove the old countertops. In this case, if your table has opened the design from both sides, you can add a raised bar easily. But first, you have to remove all the utensils like sinks, dishes, etc. because of the installation process of your raised countertop.
Step 2 – Cut Top Plate
Now, you have to cut the plates according to the measurement of your table. At first, cut the wood lengthwise to fit in on the countertop. Next, cut one board that should be of 2 x 6-inch measurement. This board is going to be used as a top base plate.
Step 3 – Cut Stud Spacers
Before cutting the studs, you have to first identify the height. Determine the height that you want to put on the countertop of your table. Make sure not to cut the studs with too much height. The ideal measurement of the stud spacers is 2×6 inches. My wood has a thickness of 1.5 inches, and I will suggest you use this type of bars because the bars are sturdier with this thickness. With this thickness, the bar will be a bit weightier. That’s why you have to install more stud spacers so that they can hold the bar easily. Maintain at least 18 inches of space between each bar.
Step 4 – Build Wall Extension
Now, you have to build the wall extensions. Take the spacers and screw them over the counter area. In this case, you have to use the screws that cope with the thickness of the wooden plate and reach the base for proper adjustment. I will recommend you to use the screws or nails of 2 x 6 inches on the counter base. Those are going to incorporate the framework properly. If needed, you can change the diameter and use one that accurately suits the requirement of your installation process.
Step 5 – Install the Countertops
If you have installed the spacers appropriately, then it is time to dive into the main action. You have to now install the countertops. Take the raised bar that you have cut earlier from the wooden panel and place it properly over the studs. Check if it is placed correctly, or it needs further movement. After placing it, you have to now screw it with the studs. Make sure to screw them properly because it’s going to take a lot of weight. Once you complete the installation, check if it wobbles or not. If you find it wobbling, you have to use more screws for securing it properly.
Step 6 – Installing the Front Panel
Due to the raised height, the front panel has opened, right? You have to hide that exposed area with an additional wood panel. Determine the measurement of the gap and cut another wooden panel according to that measurement. Once you have got that, secure it with screws or nails. In this case, you are going to need some assistance to hold the panel accurately in that place. Then screw the panel with the studs. Fill the corner gaps with adhesive and let it dry.
Step 7 – Attach the Brackets
You need to attach the brackets under the bar to provide the bar with additional support. As the bar is going to extend a bit, this support is necessary. So, install some brackets underneath.
Step 8 – Coloring
Once you have installed all the pieces properly, you have to now color the table properly. The color choice is completely yours; you can choose the color based on your preference. So, select the elegant color that suits your kitchen design and extend its style to the fullest. By the way, install the sink and other utensils back to its place again. That’s it; the installation of your very own raised bar is now completed.
This is the easiest tactic of building a raised bar countertop. Hopefully, you have understood the above process and won’t have to ask anyone how to build a raised bar countertop again. If you need further assistant, don’t hesitate to ask me through the comment section below. I am eagerly waiting to hear from you.
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