Basement Bar Ideas That You Haven’t Seen Before

We are sharing basement bar ideas and plans, to inspire you to build your own hutch bar or shiplap bar. These are basement bar designs that you haven’t seen before!

We wanted a home bar, but we didn’t have the budget to pay to have someone build it.

So, we created our own basement bar design and basement bar plans to simplify this DIY project.

After we built our home bar, our friends and family wanted us to help them build a bar in their basement too.

We came up with unique basement bar designs to fit their personal style and space.

Items Required to Build a Bar:

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Rock Solid Rustic DIY Bar Plans

Rock Solid Rustic DIY Bar Plans include 3D models to build your home bar from the frame to finish.

The detailed instructions are 30 pages in length explaining how to add shelving, decorative accents, bar rail, and more.

Bar cut lists and shopping lists are also included to simplifying your project.

Buy Rock Solid Rustic Bar Plans Here!

Basement Bar Design Ideas

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

We searched all over for clear detailed instructions on how to build a basement bar, but we struggled to find complete instructions.

There was not a lot of easy to follow instructions out there, so we created our own DIY bar plans.

We taped out the measurements on the floor as a rough idea for our basement bar design.

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Our Basement Bar!

Then we started building the bar frame to fit these measurements, in our basement.

Even if you have very little woodworking skills, this is a project that you can take on!

To learn more about building a bar, view our instructions here.

Hutch Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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Here is the hutch before turning it into a hutch bar!

Once the top molding has been removed, you can insert birch plywood inside the hutch around the frame.

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.

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Removed the top part of the hutch.

Once you have your bar 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
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Here is the completed hutch bar!

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

That’s how the frame of this bar was made, saving a ton of money on lumber.

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Behind the hutch bar
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Bar shelving

Shiplap Bar

Our family wanted us to build them the exact same bar that we have in our basement, but change the final details.

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

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

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Top view of the shiplap bar with Chicago bar rail.

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

Once the shiplap was adhered to the bar, the entire bar was sanded with a Mouse Sander.

Then the bar was wiped down and stained on the top and bottom.

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Shiplap bar
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After sanding with a Mouse Sander and staining the Shiplap Bar
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Completed Shiplap bar!
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