By Mike Thayer
I started a new project this weekend. I'm turning what has been a traditional family room style space in my house - fireplace, couch, love seat, a large flat screen TV, stereo, coffee table, side tables - into a "Man Cave" Bar & Grill! The traditional furniture has been removed, I'm going all out Bar & Grill here, TVs on every wall, enhanced lighting, full bar, bottle/beverage cooler, stools for the bar and bar table seating in the open area. I might even have enough space for an arcade game or two.
First things first, the assembly of a new home bar unit. A man has to have priorities, the actual bar for this 'Bar & Grill' themed room must come first! I wanted a quick turn-around on this conversion, so I went with assembly furniture on this one. What I purchased is a three tier unit with stemware racks and 2 shelves providing storage for wine and spirits. The built-in stemware racks hold up to 15 wine glasses, flutes or snifters. Glass size does dictate capacity of course. It has adjustable feet to handle any uneven floor issues and comes with a foot rail.
The box was packed well and delivered in good shape with no damage to the product to report. It is a heavy box however, so it could be a two-person lift for some. All the parts were labeled and only two tools were required to assemble the unit, which were provided. The instructions were illustration only, there were no written descriptions or warnings such as "Make sure part 'X' is facing front with the arrow pointing up." For the most part the illustrations were pretty straight forward and the total assembly time was about one hour.
Costing me $229.99 on Amazon, I'm pleased with this bar purchase. It's got a good look, it's sturdy and it was fairly easy to put together. With a budget of $1,000 to convert this formerly family style room to one with a Bar & Grill theme, the bar fits into my budget nicely. I have a wine/beverage cooler, stools, signage, bar tables, wine racks and other accessories to buy! I'm giving the Tribesigns Home Bar Unit 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. My only concern is how the bar top will hold up long term, it's a laminate.
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