I want to share my IKEA Home Bar Hack. This was done out in my man cave in my garage.

IKEA items used:
1 x LINNMON Table Top – Black/Brown (802.513.58)
2 x BRIMNES wall cabinet – Black (903.006.50)
1 x LIMHAMN stainless steel shelf (401.777.18)
1 x DIODER colour changing LED lighting kit (002.023.24)

So, I started out collecting up a load of old pallets, bought a bag of nails and constructed a pallet wall.

Then I made up a basic frame using 3″ x 1.5″ wood. I had the LINNMON table top cut to size so it fitted into the alcove. I attached the LINNMON table top to the frame using L-brackets as shown here:

Pallet wall

I used the remaining off cut to “face off” the front of the bar to give it a nice chunky look! Waste not what you want not! Looks a lot better too!

Next up, I measured up were my Optics (purchased on ebay) where going to go and fitted a LIMHAMN stainless steel shelf to set glasses on whilst using Optics.

Pallet wall for man cave bar

Then it was on to the cabinets for the glasses. I didn’t want them to be deep like kitchen cabinets so went for 2 x BRIMNES wall cabinets. They are a perfect size for glasses and come with a glass shelf. Really easy to hang up on the wooden back wall.

Cabinets installed

Then it was on to fitting the Optics. I purchased them on ebay (as mentioned) and measured carefully allowing enough room for a large glass to be set on the LIMHAMN stainless steel shelf. I also added a bar sign which I had for years…

Bar sign installed

I also fitted handy wine glass holders under the BRIMNES wall cabinets. Got 2 x sets of 2 LED push under cabinet lights from Poundland and fixed them for under cabinet lighting…

Wine Glass holders

I then added the DIODER multicolour 4-piece lighting strip set. A wall socket was fixed on the inside of the under-hang so no cables/wires or sockets are visable from the front.

Dioder lighting

Lighting for man cave bar


I added a few more bottles and that was pretty much it finished…. All i need is a few bar stools and may add another set of DIODER LED 4-piece kit to the underside of the table top to add extra lighting and enhance the effect of the pallet wall…

Add the bottles The bar fits perfectly into my man cave

Additional Items Used (NOT from IKEA):
2 x Wine glass holders (ebay)
1 x set of 4 bottle Optics (ebay)
2 x sets of 2 LED under cabinet lights (Poundland)

Total Spent in IKEA: £111
Total Spent on other fittings: £40

I hope you like this hack. Its provided me with a perfect escape out in my man cave… And all for around £150!


~ by Jonny Small, Belfast

Jules Yap