Get A Tropical Look With 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
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
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
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 establishment.
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 authenticity.
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
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 paraiso turns
in a tiki inferno.
Obtaining tiki furniture and other decor 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
having a smashing tiki party.
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