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I’ve met so many people over the years who have relished the idea of creating a bar in their home. “Oh, I’d love to, but I just don’t have the money to do that sort of thing,” they tell me. But, did you know that creating your home bar doesn’t actually cost all that much? Well, it doesn’t have to, anyway. The amount of money you’re willing to spend is totally up to you, and a bar can range from a couple of hundred to thousands in costs.

It’s really, really simple to create a bar on a budget. Here’s how you do just that.

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Start With The Planning

It all starts with your planning. Where can you feasibly create a bar in your home? Have you got the space to accommodate something like this? Where would something like this be most suited to? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before you go any further. Ultimately, this is where additional money could come into the equation if you aren’t already equipped. Hopefully, it won’t be necessary.

How Are Your DIY Skills?

The amount of money you’ll have to spend is very much determined based on your DIY skills. You could create a bar with very little money if you know how to get handy with woodworking. Otherwise, see if you’ve got any willing friends who can be paid for their services with a drink-or-two later on. You want to try and avoid paying the experts if you can, but you might have no alternative.

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Shop Around For Equipment

You’re going to need equipment, and you want it to be authentic for the true bar experience. You might consider pub stools and mixers as essentials, for example. While this equipment might add up in the costs department, you can find it relatively cheap by looking around. The costs vary quite wildly in price, meaning your ability to spot a good deal is particularly crucial.

Bring On The Alcohol!

Now, for the expensive part. Seriously! The alcohol is probably going to be your most costly purchase throughout this process, and it’s up to you how you go about it. I’m sure you don’t need me to explain that there are many different types commanding many different prices. Ultimately, it’s your budget and your preferences that you’ll need to think about. Go as wild as you desire.

Set A Monthly Replenishment Budget

See? It wasn’t all that costly to build a bar on a budget, was it? Now, you’re almost there. Before you start enjoying the benefits of your new space, think about your replenishment budget. You’re going to need to restock your alcohol fairly regularly, and that means spending more money. You don’t want to put yourself out of pocket, which means putting a plan together is important.

That’s it! That was easy, wasn’t it?! Now, you’re free to enjoy your bar space, decorate as you wish and play pub games all night. Just take it easy on the alcohol - your body and your wallet won’t forgive you if you don’t!

Jerry Mooney is co-founder and managing editor of Zenruption and the author of History Yoghurt and the Moon. He studied at the University of Munich and Lewis and Clark College where he received his BA in International Affairs and West European Studies. He has recently taught Language and Communications at a small, private college and owned various businesses, including an investment company. Jerry is committed to zenrupting the forces that block social, political and economic justice. He can also be found on Twitter @JerryMooney b