Tips and Guidelines to setting up a party room, building a bar, setting up a sound system, etc.
Exclusively for D r u n k A n t i c s visitors
Younger crowds on a shoestring budget:
Unfinished Basement or garage: To cover the unfinished walls, large qualities of raw fabric is a fairly decent option. Fabric can be purchased for as little as $1 per yard at your local fabric mill or even some Walmarts. Black fabric works good if you're going for a nightclub look. For unfinished floors the cheapest route would be concrete floor paint which is around the same price as regular wall paint. If your budget allows, stick on floor tiles, a roll of office carpet, or area rugs, or even maybe a combination of the above for different sections of the room could work. Tile works better for dance floors and bar areas if you plan on including a bar.
Building a bar: Bars can be built in many shapes and sizes, but the basic guidelines are that the bar should be 3'6" tall from the floor to the bar top and that the overhang on the bar top should extend out about 10 inches to allow for ample leg room. If you plan to allow people to dance on the bar do do body shots on the bar, be sure to use thick wood for the bar top and extra reinforced main structure. covering the top surface with a polyurethane coat is a must. You may use a wood stain that has polyurethane already in it. As far as materials, if its difficult to fit the wood into your budget, DrunkAntics visitors have often used the wood from old household furniture to build their bars. In some cases hollowed out big screen TVs were turned on their side and used as the main part of the bar structure. This works fine as long as the TV measures out to be 3'"6 on its side. If not it can in some cases be altered so that it does, whether by added wood to make it taller or removing one of the side panels to make it shorter. If you're unable to mount the bar to the floor, then you must make it heavy enough to stay firmly in place. Building a bar
|L shaped (or even 3 sided) makes it more stable not to mention more practical when the bar is in use. Bar stools, if you know of any bars in the area that are renovating, you can always check to see if they're getting rid of their old bar stools. If not shop around for sales on bar stools, a good place might be National Wholesale Liquidators. Bar stools that have backs to them are preferred, swiveling is a plus. ||
Lighting: Christmas lights, rope lights, light up beer signs, accent lighting, halogen lights, etc. Lighting for the bar area can be either small light fixtures pointing down at spaced intervals above the bar top or can be two rows of Christmas lights/rope lights on the ceiling shaped the same as the dimensions of the bar. Glowing bottles, which consist of empty liquor bottles that have been filled up with warm water & the core of a highlighter marker that are placed near or in front of a black light that then glow once the highlighter ink absorbs into the water.
Sound system: For smaller party rooms, a regular stereo and speaker set up will do. For larger party rooms or even whole house sound distribution (which is sometimes set up in frat houses) you'll probably need a little more. The control station can be anything from a table/desk to a constructed DJ booth. Multiple receivers may be needed to not only supple enough sound but to control the volume separately for different sections of the party room or different parts of the house. In most cases in this day and age you'll probably want to use a computer to contain and play the sound selection in which case the signal from the sound card will go through splitters to distribute the signal to the different receivers. Keep in mind that the signal from the soundcard isn't very strong and will degrade if the wire(s) from the soundcard and the speakers is too long, the best bet is to position the receivers near the computer and if you have to use long wires from the receivers to the speakers. System wattage, the wattage of a system doesn't not indicate loudness but rather the ability of the system to handle music peaks without straining which results in better sound quality. Be sure to use a receiver that cranks out enough wattage to accommodate the room size and the size of the parties you will be hosting. Be sure the wattage capacity of the speakers are higher than the output of the reciever(s). If self powered subwoofers are in your budget, they will kick up the bass while taking some strain off the receivers.
Seating, tables, beer pong tables: a section with couches with end tables is a must as an alternate place for guest to sit and hangout (also to pass out on so that you can draw on them and take pictures). Rectangular tables to be used for beer pong which can double as regular use tables should also be included. Elevated sections whether be it be elevated couch seating or a DJ booth will give the party room more of a cool club look.
a Unique twist: Get creative, add a unique addition to your party room that will make it stand out from anybody elses. Whether it be custom lighting effects, elevated seating, an Internal Coil Ice Luge, a glowing bottle display, or anything else you can imagine up.
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