Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hacked IKEA bar

After looking for a unique but cheap bar solution for our balcony I decided to make my own. Obviously IKEA was a good choice as far as cheap went. Walking around the store I slowly got a plan together in my head. This is what I came up with:

The serving/prep area is on the far side. The Igloo 12-qt. Ice Cube fits snuggly on one of the shelves.

This nice thing is the diversity as the Expedit has many extras you can add.
  • The wine rack insert
  • The door insert
  • The drawer insert
Using these extra parts you can customize this into your ideal bar.

The serving area keeps preparation items off the main surface and discrete.



Construction is fairly straight forward. The brackets are the only tricky part.

  • Screw only one corner of the Capita brackets to the Numerar countertop at the desired location (a few inches from the edges). Not too tight, you may need adjustment.
  • Align the brackets to the edges of the countertop.
  • Measure the distance between the two bolts on the brackets and use that measurement to drill 2 large holes through the top of the Expedit at the desired spot.
  • Insert the Capita brackets through the holes with the countertop attached and get them straight. If the Vika Byske leg is not on yet you will need 2 people for this. If the holes are not fully aligned you should still be able to adjust because of only using only the 1 screw above.
  • Once you are satisfied that everything is straight and lined up you can use a pen or anything sharp to mark out the remainder of the holes for the bracket screws.
  • Remove the countertop from the Expedit and screw in the remaining screws.
  • Reattach and bolt the Capita's to the Expedit.
  • Attach Vika Byske leg to the countertop.
  • Place the bar where it is needed and adjust the leg until the bar is level.