Bedroom conversion for pub lover

BEER lover James Benn will never go short of a pint again - because he has turned his bedroom into a PUB.Trainee carpenter James, 21, spent (pounds) 300 on building his own bar, complete with beer pumps, glass racks and spirit optics.

BEER lover James Benn will never go short of a pint again – because he has turned his bedroom into a pub.

Trainee carpenter James, 21, spent £300 on building his own bar, complete with beer pumps, glass racks and spirit optics.

He now sleeps in a single bed which folds down from the front of the bar in his 10ft square bedroom at his home in east Ipswich..

James said: "Going out to the pub is a big hobby of mine, so I decided to build my own at home.


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"My friends come round and we have a few relaxing beers in my bedroom before we go out and hit the proper bars in town.

"Then after closing time we can come back here for a few more because I don't have to worry about closing time in my bedroom.

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"When everyone's gone and it's time for bed, I simply pull the bed down, get undressed and jump under my duvet. It's really cosy."

James started building his 6ft-long bar while his parents were away on a three-day break in Paris.

He built a studwork frame with timber fixed to the floor and used chipboard with a mahogany veneer for the bar top.

Then he designed the stained wooden cladding at the front to pivot on hidden aluminium poles to make a bed with legs that automatically fold down.

James spent £30 on a set of three working brass beer pumps from a secondhand shop and bought bar stools to sit on.

He added optic stands for bottles of whisky, Bailey's Irish cream and vodka, a dartboard, trendy lighting, a lava lamp and a £20 television for the corner.

When he wants to go to bed, he gets a mattress and duvet from a wooden chest to put on his fold-down bed.

James added: "It's every drinker's dream to have his own pub and I now wake up in my own every day.

"It has taken me a long time to get everything the way I want it. I worked 15 hours every weekend for about three months to get it done.

"I love coming home after work and relaxing with a beer.

"It was brilliant during the World Cup because all my friends watched the games here. It was a fantastic atmosphere.

"I thought the bed was going to be a bit hard compared to my old one, but I sleep like a log.

"Like any other good landlord I always keep my bar area spotlessly clean so I never have a problem waking up to the smell of stale beer.

"I wouldn't mind opening a real pub of my own some day – but this is the next best thing.

James's carpenter father Bob, 47, who also has a son Ashley, 19, and daughter Emma, 15, said: "James mentioned that he might start building a bar while we were away.

"I was horrified when we came back and saw what he'd done. He had just started and it looked a shambles. But it looks great now he's finished.

"I've been very impressed by his handiwork and the level of his skill in making it.

"I pop in for a drink myself sometimes. James is a good host and it feels like going to a real pub."

James's mum Josie, 47, added: "I wasn't keen on the idea at first, but it's grown on me and I also enjoy the odd drink in there.

"I haven't yet had to tick off him or his friends for being rowdy and disturbing the rest of the house."

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