Tiki Bar Designs
- By: Ashlie Dorston
There are many types of tiki bars that can be created. Different types of tiki bars include a table top tiki bar, portable tiki bar, tropical tiki bar, patio tiki bar, floating tiki bar and even an indoor tiki bar, the list goes on. (For further detail on different uses and types of tiki bar designs, refer to tiki bar types). Once you decide on which type of tiki bar you would like, you must decide on what type of material and supplies you would like to use for your tiki bar. The ebook that can be purchased through this site will go into more specific detail and recommendations for the supplies needed for an outdoor tiki bar, but there is also room for some creativity and uniqueness for this project by choosing an alternate type of tiki bar skirting, tiki bar wood, tiki bar thatch for the roof or the type of wood used. Let's start with the basics:
For the base of the tiki bar, treated lumber always seems to be a popular and safe choice. You can use more of a natural wood that isn't treated, but it is always smart to at least use a couple coats of sealant on the wood of choice much like when sealing a deck.
The Skirting is also an important part of the construction of your tiki bar. Using bamboo for the outer layer of the outdoor tiki bar will always add a classy and authentic look the tiki bar. Cedar is another great choice for a good looking durable material. Here again, you can be creative with the type of material you use for the skirting. Just remember that it is essential to apply some sort of sealant or whether guard from the rain and elements.
Choosing the material for the bar top is another important part of your tiki bar design. The most common, cheapest and easiest material for your outdoor tiki bar is of course wood. We do give a suggestion here as we have found cypress works the best of all the woods. Other materials such as stone, metal or ceramic are of course always the strongest and most durable materials to use to build your tiki bar.
Finally, we have the thatch for you custom tiki bar. Choosing your tiki bar roof is an extremely important decision. The most popular and most authentic type of tiki bar thatch roof to build a tiki bar is of course authentic thatch. This material will be easier to come by depending on what part of the country you live in. However, a quick online search will quickly provide you with many options for buying authentic palm thatch, and it will even be delivered directly to your house! One drawback of authentic thatch is its lifespan. Authentic thatch will typically last up to 6 or 7 years in the southern states and up to 3 or 4 years in the 4 season states. There are several manufacturers that offer more durable artificial thatch, but of course you would be sacrificing that authentic look of your outdoor tiki bar. This is something to think carefully about when building a tiki bar.
There are of course some basic tools that you will need to build the tiki bar once you have all these supplies. Some basics include a hammer, saw, drill and tape measure. If you recall, it does not take a master of carpentry to build a tiki bar. With these simple supplies and tools, you are well on your way of constructing your very own custom outdoor tiki bar.
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