Tiki Bar Furniture
By Lee Dobbins
One of the cooler things brought on by advent of Polynesian tiki culture is the renowned
tiki bar. Giving off an air reminiscent of ancient tribal surroundings, a tiki bar is an awesome place to
enjoy and lose yourself to another domain.
For those unfamiliar with this modern-day tropical delight, a tiki bar is usually modeled
after a tiki hut. A distinctive structure usually made with bamboo and a special roof made of woven grass
or leaves, known as a thatched roof. The bar adorned with distinctive tiki decor and tiki furniture
which gives it such a unique style and appearance.
The great thing about tiki bars is feeling off being on vacation in some exotic locale, all
without having to actually go off to some remote place and spending big bucks in the process. The somewhat
weird ambiance and almost otherworldly atmosphere invoked by the tiki bar can make a wonderful setting for
some truly memorable parties!
Tiki enthusiast can visit these bars in many different places as they're quickly gaining in
popularity. There's nothing like slipping off to the Caribbean for a drink or two to escape that blistering
blizzard just outside those tiki doors.
Those who love going to tiki bars can even build their own private tiki bar all in comfort
of their own home. Whether by the pool or in the basement, having a private tiki bar is huge load of fun
and source of pride. Tiki bar owners are sure to be very popular around the neighborhood and shouldn't be
surprised to constantly have a few guest wanting share in on the fun and party.
So what exactly makes a tiki bar tick, so to speak? Those interested in owning their own
tiki bar or those that already run one should know that the most important thing is to maintain the
wonderful tiki atmosphere by making sure their tiki bar is well decorated with special tiki decor items.
The most important of these being the tiki furniture as these form the backbone and foundation of well
maintained tiki bar.
There are various forms of tiki furniture, all with different designs, functions, and
sizes. They can be made from a variety of different materials, ranging from plywood and cement, to the more
exotic materials such as bamboo and specialty rocks.
One of the most important pieces of furniture is of course, the actual bar itself. This
should be given particularly vital attention to quality as this is the centerpiece of the entire
For the bar, bamboo is usually the way to go. There's something about that wonder plant
that exudes island glamour. Bamboo bars can be made partly or completely of bamboo and are completed by the
distinct thatched roof.
As for the bar counter, some are made of plywood or tied up pieces of bamboo. You can try
using something special such lava rocks to make it extra special.
Tiki totem poles of ancient, Polynesian gods make the perfect bar stools to amuse and
slightly frighten would-be bar patrons. These pieces are meticulously carved into the likeness of scowling
gods or moai (disembodied head monoliths). These bar stools can also come with tapa seat cloth for added
Another cool trick is to place umbrellas on the table or other furniture and then to cover
the umbrellas with thatch umbrella covers to give the look of a tropical island.
There is a lot of wonderful tiki furniture available to fill your bar with. Things like
carved moai tables topped with funky tiki lamps can contribute to making your bar a success.
It is also important to make use of good lighting in your tiki bar. Though be careful when
using bamboo torches or any fire hazards. Tiki bars along with containing large amounts of alcohol are
commonly made out of rather flammable materials so be sure to take the proper precautions less your tiki
paradise turns in a tiki inferno.
Obtaining tiki furniture and other décor is fortunately easier now than it has ever been,
thanks to the internet. Ready made furniture as well customizable orders and building plans are readily
available online. Just be sure to research beforehand that the site your ordering from is reputable.
Tiki bars are only as good as their furniture so tiki bar owners should be sure to invest
in quality tiki furniture to maximize the bars potential.
Lee Dobbins writes for http://tiki.subjectwise.com where you can learn more about creating your
own tiki bar and having a smashing tiki party.
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