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Old Jan 28th, 08, 9:47 pm   #1
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Question Building a back bar using Ikea storage

I have 43 ( W ) x 23.5 (D) space next to a wall where I want to build a back bar. The base of the bar should be able to hold a beer keg in a tub, so I want to use 20-24 inch depth here. Also, I would like to use as close to 43 inches wide as possible.

Ideally, I want to have single slab glass shelves on the top half of the back bar. However, separated glass shelves will also do.

I tried using Besta system but that is only 17 inch deep ... so are other bookshelf storage systems. I am looking at kitchen cabinet systems as of now.

Any ideas, pointers ... Thanks.

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Re: Building a back bar using Ikea storage

Hi epoch, and welcome to IKEAFANS!

You know, anything that I can do to further a bar, I'm on board with. That said, I'm not 100% clear on what your space looks like. Any chance that you could post a photo and more detailed measurements?

With that info, I think you'd get some input for sure!

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Re: Building a back bar using Ikea storage

What are the dimensions of the keg, and what kind of clearance does it need?

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Re: Building a back bar using Ikea storage

Here are the pictures of the space. The space dimensions are 43 1/2" x 23 1/4".
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The keg is of 16-3/8" diameter and 23-3/8" height. Approx 6" top clearance is required. I want to put the keg in a tub of ice ... so want to use as much depth as possible (min 20 inch).

I want to have front panel doors to hide the keg and have a wooden shelf on keg height + clearance (5-6").

For more on beer keg, see Draft Beer Keg Size Dimensions.

Thanks for helping me here.

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Re: Building a back bar using Ikea storage

Great! That is helpful information.

The bucket of ice inside a cabinet worries me a little...leakage and sweating might require some special treatment to avoid problems.

I'm going to move this thread over to Modifications for more input.

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Re: Building a back bar using Ikea storage

I found this PAX wardrobe system online IKEA | Wardrobes | PAX/KOMPLEMENT system | PAX | Wardrobe frame in size 39x23x93 which seems to be perfect for me.

This will fit awesome into the space. Questions:
Can I fit in glass shelves in this wardrobe to be used as bar?

I will check out the frame tomorrow in person at Ikea to see if its feasible.

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Re: Building a back bar using Ikea storage

If the keg is closed off in a cabinet how is anyone going to pump it. You might want to think about getting a kegerator instead and then building some cabinets and shelves around it. Then you won't have to worry about pumping or condensation.

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Re: Building a back bar using Ikea storage

I am thinking of putting a CO2 air tank ... though that part is small and can be squeezed into the cabinet.

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