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Your Guide in Installing Bar Consoles

Your Guide in Installing Bar Consoles

It is always a merry time when you have family and friends visiting your home. You prepare refreshments to entertain your visitors on the slabs in the kitchen. Having a wine bar console ensures a dedicated space to entertain your guests. This is an efficient way of organizing your drinks and wines

Have you been searching for a reliable guide to install your bar consoles? What things do you need to know and what steps to follow? It is easier than you think. Let me take you through!

Pre-Installation Steps of Bar Consoles

Order your choice: Depending on your taste, order one that matches the style in your home. The home bar cabinet usually arrives in different packages.

Get a crew to help: Have at least two people more to help with the installation. Some parts may be too heavy and not everyone wants to overwork themselves.

Unpacking: As you unpack, don’t leave out any of the package’s items. There should be as many stickers as there are packaging boxes. You then proceed to paste them into the respective boxes. Make sure to unbox in full view of your surveillance camera to guide against any future dispute. 

You can also do a video of your unboxing with your phone’s camera. Keep all your empty boxes and the skids for up to ninety days. This is in case you decide to return any of the items. After unpacking, place the different parts spaced out on a covered flat surface. You can put clean sheets of paper on the floor and place these unboxed parts on them.

Installation Guide of Bar Consoles

A modern bar console cabinet requires that you first install the wall cabinets. The tools and materials needed are:

  • A pencil (for markings on the wall)
  • Clamps
  • Washers for the screws
  • Threaded caps for covering screw heads
  • A level (for making sure that drawn lines are horizontal)
  • A tape measure
  • Shims
  • Screws (preferably 2.5 inches)
  • Unboxed cabinets for assembling
  • A ledger board (for temporary support for the upper cabinet)
  • A screw gun for drilling
  • A stud finder

Here are the steps to follow during installation:

Transferring the Handles of the Components from the Interior to the Exterior

The handles are usually affixed to the interiors of the drawers or doors. They may also be secured inside of the cabinet. This is done to achieve less bulky packaging. Before mounting, reposition the handles on the exteriors of the different components.

Unscrew them from the interior. Next, align them to the pre-drilled holes on the exterior of the drawers & doors of the cabinet. From the interior, screw in the provided bolts. Do not make the screwing too tight.

Removing and Inserting Drawers

There is usually a plastic trigger located underneath the drawers. Ensure you can draw and push them back with ease. To remove a drawer from the cabinet, extend it fully. Then reach out for the plastic trigger and press in. 

Mounting the Worktop on to the Cabinet

To mount the slab or worktop, you need to drill three 32nd-inch pilot holes. Do this in each of the four corners on the interior roof of the attached cabinet. 

Mounting the Cabinet on to the Wall

First, measure the height of the base cabinet. The wall cabinet should not be at a height above the ground. This is lower than the base cabinet’s height. Else, it will not be able to fit under the wall cabinet. There are three steps to take here.

Measuring and Marking the Wall

Most standard bar console cabinets have their base cabinets as high as 34.5 inches. For a standard worktop, you add 1.5 inches to that height making 36 inches. There is a standard of 18 inches in height for the backsplash. With this, it makes 54 inches from the floor to the base of the upper cabinets.

Sometimes, some bar console cabinets appear to be slanting after installation. This happens when the floor is not level and you didn’t notice. If the floor is not level, look for the highest point along the wall and measure 54 inches from there. Some people prefer a 20-inch backsplash to create space for other appliances. For this, mark 56 inches from the floor for the base of the wall cabinet.

Draw a horizontal line across the wall that passes through this mark. This horizontal line should be parallel to that passing through the wall’s highest point.

Affixing Ledger Board

The next step will be to secure a support board to the wall. To achieve this, you must locate the studs with a stud finder.

These studs are crucial because they will support the weight of the cabinets. You must not tamper with any of the electrical wirings and plumbing work. You can remove the doors and other attachments to the cabinet. By doing this, the installation becomes easy.

Next, secure the support board by screwing it to the studs. This will serve as temporary support for the wall cabinet during the installation.

Hanging the Wall Cabinets

First, attach the two cabinets. You can do three if you can lift them safely to that point. While attaching, make use of clamps.

After this, do a drill to fix the two or three cabinets together. You can then proceed to lift them onto the ledger board. After this, check for plumb and level. After shimming, secure onto the wall at the studs. Drill and fix the screws through the thicker frames along the cabinet’s top.

While securing, check the plumb and level frequently. Use a filler bar to close gaps that remain between the wall and the last cabinet. The manufacturer of the cabinets usually includes these fillers. Attach this filler to the last before securing it. After this, attach the doors and other hardware removed earlier.

The wall cabinets are now in place and you are through with all installations. You can now remove the ledger board.

Installing the Base Cabinet of the Bar Console

Sometimes, the Installers don’t take precautions before installing the wall cabinet. When it is time to install, they discover it is not aligning properly with the upper compartment. To make up for their mistakes, they start trimming the bottom of the base cabinet.

You should have already identified the anomaly on the floor level if there is. This means going back to the horizontal line drawn that passed through the floor’s highest point. The bottom of the base cabinet must align with this line. If it doesn’t, it must at least be parallel to it but a little distance from it. To make things level, shim under the cabinet on the lower point.

  • Mark the cabinet’s height

Start from the horizontal line the bottom of the base cabinet is meant to align to. Draw another horizontal line passing through the marked-out height. Use a level to ascertain that it is truly horizontal and level. This marked-out guide by the pencil will be the installation guide.

  • Use the stud finder

This is to help locate and mark the studs along this line. Test your first cabinet by putting it to align on the marked-out lines. Check that it is level across the top and shim to make it level if necessary.

  • Secure the cabinet in position

Next, secure the base cabinet in position by predrilling it to the wall studs. Drill through the top frame of the cabinet and fortify with screws. After screwing on to the wall, check to see that it is level again. Once this is okay, the other cabinet or cabinets can be affixed in the same way.

  • Fix the doors, shelves, and hardware

The final step is to fix the doors, the shelves, and the hardware onto the cabinets. Then our bar console cabinet is ready for use.

Fixing the Shelves into the Cabinets

First, open the cabinet doors and insert the shelf clips at your desired height. Then count down or up from the interior markings. This is to be sure that all clips are at the same height. Also, this will ensure a level shelf.

Next is to insert the shelf at a slight angle into the cabinet. By this, you are ensuring that the lower part is making contact with the shelf clips. You can then lower it down onto the supports. Repeat this step to add any additional shelf to the cabinet.


Bar Console Cabinets know the total weights they can bear. Always look out for this information and stick to the weight requirements. At all costs, avoid having anyone sit on them. If you follow this guide, then be sure to beautify your environment with its furniture. You also get to enjoy life in its place. Get started, and install your bar consoles today!

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