How to Make Portable Bar Furniture

Portable bar furniture is generally constructed from simple and light materials so that they can be moved easily. The most common pieces of furniture in an at-home bar are typically small tables and chairs or stools. Many bars that have a counter space will eliminate tables altogether, as these tend to take up additional area that some at-home bars do not have. The most common piece of bar furniture, therefore, is a simple wooden stool. Follow the instructions below to build a wooden stool for your at-home bar that is functional, attractive and easily portable.

Step 1 - Gather Your Tools and Materials

Before you begin to build your wooden stool, you'll need to decide on the size of the piece of furniture. Plan on having a circular seat for the stool with a diameter of between 1 and 2 feet. Because the bar is likely intended for adults, your stool legs can be about 2.5 feet in length each, although they must all be exactly the same length. In total, you'll need the following materials:

  • 1 circular wooden base
  • 4 legs of equal length
  • 4 long screws
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Varnish or paint
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer and chisel

If you plan on making more than one stool, multiply the numbers listed in the first three entries above by the number of stools that you desire.

Step 2 - Drill Holes into the Seat

Use your drill to create holes at four equally-spaced points around the outside of the bottom of the wooden base. A tape measure can help to ensure that the four holes are even, as this is crucial for the stool to be able to rest comfortably on the ground. With your hammer and chisel, clear out enough space at the top of the hole so that you can snugly fit one of the screws into the hole. Do not chip away too much of the base, as this will make it difficult to firmly attach the screw and the leg to the bottom of the base.

Step 3 - Insert the Screws and Prepare the Legs

Carefully fit the screws into the holes at the base of the stool so that the pointed ends are exposed. Drill into the center of the ends of each of the four legs to a distance matching that of the screw length.

Step 4 - Attach the Legs

One leg at a time, insert a few drops of wood glue into the area where the screw is attached to the base. Gently screw the leg onto the base, making sure to wipe away any excess wood glue that may be forced out of the hole. Repeat this process until all four legs are set up. Test the stool by turning it over and placing it on the legs, then allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 5 - Paint or Varnish the Stool

If you desire, paint or varnish your stool once the glue has completely dried. Do not attempt to continue working on the stool or to sit on it until the glue and varnish have completely dried.