We are sharing basement (or home) bar ideas and plans, to inspire you to build your own hutch bar or shiplap bar following these home bar design ideas. 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 home bar.
We came up with unique basement bar designs to fit their personal style and space.
Items Needed to Build a Home Bar:
- DIY Bar Plans (Optional)
- 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
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.
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 one of these home bar design ideas, view our instructions here.
Basement Bars Built By Our Customers
These are some of the bars that were built using our DIY bar plans.
Many of these bars were built by people with very little woodworking experience.
These bars put our original rock solid rustic bar to shame!
They did such a great job with the finish work on these bars.
Basement Bar Ideas – Hutch Bar
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Our friends followed our DIY bar plans to turn their outdated hutch into a basement bar.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.
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.
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.
Once you have your home bar desgin 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.
That’s how the frame of this bar was made, saving a ton of money on lumber.
Home Bar Design Ideas – 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 turned out really nice with the shiplap!
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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