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How to Design your own Custom Tap Handle

How to Design your own Custom Tap Handle

Posted by Karen Gendron on 2023 Jun 13th

Designing your own custom beer tap handles can be a fun and creative process. Here are some tips and tricks to help you along the way:

  1. Determine your design concept: Start by deciding on the overall theme or concept for your tap handle. Consider factors such as the type of beer (or drink) you'll be serving, your branding or personal style, and any specific features or elements you want to incorporate.

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  2. Research materials and suppliers: Look into the different materials available for tap handles, such as wood, metal, or resin. Consider factors like durability, cost, speed of production and aesthetics. Research suppliers or manufacturers who specialize in custom tap handles to find the best fit for your needs (Welcome to Tap Handles To Go! You're obviously in the right place).
  3. Sketch your ideas: Begin by sketching rough drafts of your tap handle designs. This will help you visualize different shapes, sizes, and features. Don't worry about being too precise at this stage; focus on capturing the essence of your concept. Not an artist? Here's an option from Tap Handle To Go: Head to our tap handles page and pick a shape that is ready to go. This not only makes the design process easier, but will make the fastest tap handle production time. (
  4. Consider ergonomics: Tap handles should be comfortable to grip and use. Take ergonomics into account when designing the shape and size of your tap handle. Consider factors like weight, grip surface, and ease of operation. 
  5. Incorporate branding or personal elements: If you're designing tap handles for a business, it's essential to incorporate your brand elements such as logos, colours, or fonts. For personal use, you may want to add unique elements that reflect your personality or interests.
  6. Test the design: Before committing to the final design, it's a good idea to create a tap handle prototype or 3D tap handle rendering. This will allow you to assess the design in a tangible or digital form and make any necessary adjustments or refinements.
  7. Choose a finishing technique: Decide on the finishing technique for your tap handles. This could involve painting, staining, engraving, or applying decals. Consider the durability and maintenance requirements of different finishes, as tap handles are frequently handled and exposed to moisture.
  8. Ensure compatibility: Check the specifications of your tap system to ensure that the dimensions and attachment mechanism of your custom tap handle are compatible. Common attachment methods include screw-on, bolt-on, or a compression fit. In North America, a 3/8" thread is the standard size, and that's what we use at Tap Handles To Go.
  9. Test functionality: Once your tap handles are manufactured or completed, test them to ensure they function properly. They should fit securely on the tap and be easy to operate. Be sure to screw them onto your system properly - here is how: beer from tap handle
  10. Show off your tap handles: Once your custom tap handles are ready, proudly display them on your beer taps. Whether it's at home or in a commercial setting, your unique tap handles will add a personal touch to the beer pouring experience.

Remember, designing custom tap handles is an opportunity to showcase your creativity and brand identity. Have fun with the process and create something that reflects your style and vision.