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!
Shiplap Basement Bar
Our family used our basement bar plans to build a similar basement 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.
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.
Basement Bar Ideas – Hutch Bar
If you have an oversized hutch that you have no use for then this is the perfect DIY project!
To build this hutch bar, simply remove the top portion of the hutch then adjust the height to bar height.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
This portable bar is a great option if you do not have extra space for a large bar.
A bar on heavy duty wheels can be pulled away from the wall and rotated 360 degrees.
When you need extra entertaining space for the big game, simply roll this portable bar near your tv and pull up bar stools.
See more pictures of this multipurpose bar cart and instructions here!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Instead of your standard Chicago Bar rail this basement bar is framed with decorative molding.
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.
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.
Outdoor Bar Ideas
If you prefer to be outdoors instead of your basement then you can build an outdoor bar. An outdoor bar allows you to host events for a larger crowd by taking advantage of the space in your backyard.
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.
Items Needed to Build a DIY Home Bar:
- DIY Bar Plans – only $19.95! (Save 10% with code: BAR10)
- Compound Miter Saw
- Circular Saw
- Finishing Nails
- Nail Gun
- Brad Nails 15-16 Gauge (Optional)
- Safety Glasses
- Tape Measure
- Hand Sander
- Caulk Gun for Wood Glue/Adhesive
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