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Basement Bar Ideas That You Haven’t Seen Before

Basement bar ideas to inspire you to get started building your own bar. These basement bars and out door bars built by our readers with little to no woodworking skills!

Basement Bar Ideas Using a Hutch

If you have an oversized hutch that you don’t know what to do with, then this is the perfect DIY project!

Our friends followed our bar plans to turn their outdated hutch into a basement bar.

To build this hutch bar, you simply just remove the top portion of the hutch.

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Here is the completed hutch bar!

Then trim the height of the hutch, so it is the correct bar height.

If you hutch has molding at the top, then you will want to cut the molding off too.

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Building a Bar Using a Hutch

If you have a good quality hutch, you may be able to skip this step because the back of the bar will be strong enough.

A particle board back, probably won’t hold up, so if you have particle board you will want to replace it.

Once you have your home bar design framed out, use a Mouse Sander to lightly sand the entire bar.

Then wipe down the bar and paint the bar before adding on the bar top.

The bar top used here is butcher block, so it was much quick than adding a bar top made from plywood and Chicago bar rail.

After adhering the butcher block, pour epoxy resin on to the top of the bar for a shiny smooth finish.

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Before sanding and painting the hutch bar

You can remove the top portion of the hutch, then flip it sideways and you have a basement bar.

If your bar does not feel stable, then you may want to consider mounting it to a wall to prevent tipping.

Using the hutch as the base of the bar saved a ton of money on lumber!

Shiplap Basement Bar

Our family wanted us to build the exact same bar that we have in our basement.

So, we helped build this basement bar using our bar plans then added shiplap instead of trim pieces.

We think this bar turned out really nice with the shiplap!

Using shiplap was much easier than making the cuts for all of the trim pieces as shown on our bar.

After shiplap was adhered to the bar, the entire bar was sanded and stained.

shiplap bar
Shiplap bar

Butcher Block Bar

Instead of your typical basement bar ideas, here is a butcher block bar.

This modern basement bar only has 1 bar top, so this could potentially save on lumber as well. Butcher block isn’t the cheapest, but if you compare it to the price of 2 bar tops and Chicago bar rail it could be a cost savings.

butcher block bar

Modern Bar Ideas for Basement

Adding a large bar to a cramped basement seems crazy, but can add a lot of entertaining space and seating in a corner.

Even if your basement is used for storage, you can still make a corner of the basement functional for entertaining.

I will admit I thought my husband was nuts for wanting to build a basement bar in our home. It seemed like such a waste of space for something that we would never use.

He proved me wrong because we actually use our basement bar all the time.

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Not only do we have parties around our basement bar, but we eat dinner at our basement bar on a Friday night after the kids are asleep.

We plop the baby monitors on the bar and enjoy a nice steak with a drink, in a space that is not overloaded with toys.

So, I highly recommend building your own modern basement bar because it makes a great use of the space.

Even though this person did not have a lot of space, they made a smaller sized bar to fit next to their laundry area.

I think this bar would be a great place to fold clothes with a glass of win if you ask me!

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Rustic Basement Bar Ideas

These are some of the home bars that were built using Rock Sold Rustic bar plans.

Many of these basement bars were built by people with very little woodworking experience.

They did such a great job with the finish work on these basement bars and adjusted the plans to fit their space.

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basement bar ideas
basement bar ideas
basement bar ideas

Mancave Basement Bar Ideas

Here are mancave basement bar ideas, but these aren’t your typical mancave bars.

These are sophiscated basement bars with style and plenty of seating for a large gathering.

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mancave bar

Garage Bar Ideas

If you don’t have a basement or just don’t have enough space then you can build a bar in your garage.

These garage bars were built using our home bar plans.

Our customers took the plans and altered the plans on their own to make a custom size bar to fit their space.

You can’t even tell that these bars are in a garage because they look so good!

garage bar ideas
garage bar ideas

Bar Top Ideas

If you are looking for basement bar top ideas then check out this penny bar top.

Instead of a simple wood bar top, this bar is lined with pennies to the entire top of the bar.

After adding pennies onto the entire surface of the bar top, the customer poured epoxy to keep the pennies in place.

The copper colored pennies give the bar top a really neat look while brightening up the space.

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bar top ideas

Instead of your standard Chicago Bar rail this basement bar is framed with decorative molding.

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bar for basement

Chicago Bar Rail Bar Top

Here is your traditional Irish pub bar top with birch wood as the bar top and Chicago bar rail frame the bar.

You can’t go wrong with a bar top that is framed with Chicago bar rail because looks great and it is functional.

The Chicago bar rail acts as the perfect place to rest your elbows when leaning against the bar or eating at the bar.

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Butcher Block Bar Top Ideas

Instead of your traditional bar top with Chicago bar rail, these are simpler bar top designs.

It could be cheaper or similar in price if you consider the the cost of butcher block compared to Chicago bar rail and other lumber needed to the top.

Chicago bar rail looks great on bars, but it does get expensive and it can be tedious to match up cuts and adhere it to the bar.

If you want an easier and cleaner bar top then you should think about going with a butcher block bar top.

Both of these bars have butcher block on the bar top. The first bar has a natural butcher block bar top and the second bar has a stained butcher block bar top.

butcher block bar top
bar top ideas

Outdoor Bar Ideas

If you prefer to be outdoors instead of your basement then you can build an outdoor bar.

This outdoor bar was built using our plans a for a school tech project in New Zealand.

The student that built this bar received an excellent mark on their outdoor bar!

To make this outdoor bar last the bottom half of the bar is made from marine grade ply.

The bar top is made from rough sawn macrocarpa that are jointed together to form the bar top.

outdoor bar
outdoor bar

If you have a pool and a nice covered area then this is a great way to take advantage of the space.

Adding this poolside bar will allow you to comfortable to entertain a large crowd.

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diy tiki bar

You can even take advantage of a screened in porch by building an outdoor bar to watch your favorite sporting events.

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Basement Bar Ideas Using Home Bar Plans

When we built our first bar, we wanted a large L shaped bar to seat more than 2 people.

We searched all over for easy to follow home bar plans with detailed instructions to build a bar.

We struggled to find complete instructions on how to build a bar or they seemed to complicated.

At the time we didn’t have a lot of woodworking skills, but we knew how to use power tools.

We learned a lot along the way, so much so that we started sharing our bar plans with readers.

We wanted other people to feel a home bar was something that they could build themselves.

So, we created DIY bar plans to help people with little woodworking skills make a home bar.

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Rock Solid Rustic Bar

When my husband told me he wanted to build a bar in our basement, I rolled my eyes at him.

I pictured a small man cave bar with 2 bar stools that would rarely be used.

He proved me wrong with this home bar and we use this bar more than I ever thought we would.

Our home bar is a nice place to escape and have a quiet dinner while the kids are sleeping upstairs.

After the kids go to bed we bring the baby monitors down to our basement bar and hang out.

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Rock Solid Rustic Basement Bar!

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