Basement bar ideas built using Rock Solid Rustic bar plans, to inspire you to build your own home bar. These are diy basement bar designs that you haven’t seen before!
DIY Basement Bar Ideas
We wanted to build a home bar, but we didn’t have the budget to pay to have someone build it for us.
So, we created our own basement bar design and home bar plans to simplify this DIY project.
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, but we struggled to find complete instructions.
At the time he didn’t have a lot of woodworking skills, but he knew how to use power tools.
He took his time with this project and 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.
Since we couldn’t find clear instructions, we decided to create our own DIY bar plans to help people with little woodworking skills make a home bar.
Rock Solid Rustic Bar
When my husband told me he wanted to build a bar in our basement, I rolled my eyes because I pictured a small man cave bar.
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 go to the basement and relax with a drink or some NY strip steaks.
Items Needed to Build a DIY Home Bar:
- DIY Bar Plans (Optional) – only $19.95!
- 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
Building a Home Bar with Home Bar Plans
First we placed tape on the floor as a rough idea for the size of the 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 by following along with home bar plans.
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 DIY bars that were built using Rock Sold Rustic bar plans.
Many of these bars were built by people with very little woodworking experience.
These basement bars put our original rock solid rustic bar to shame!
They did such a great job with the finish work on these diy bars and adjusted the plans to fit their space.
Garage Bar Ideas
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.
Penny Bar Top
Here is another unique diy basement bar build. Instead of a simple wood bar top, this customer added 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.
Outdoor Home Bar
This customer has a screened porch area, so they took advantage of this space and built an outdoor bar to watch their favorite sporting events.
Living Room Home Bars
Instead of your typical basement bar ideas, here are living room home bars. These bars were designed to effortlessly blend with existing home decor.
Adding a bar to your living room might sound weird, but its actually a great idea because you can add a lot of entertaining space.
If your basement is used for storage or has bad lighting then you should consider adding a bar upstairs.
Save on Lumber and Build a 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.
Building a Bar Using a Hutch
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 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.
That’s how the frame of this bar was made, saving a ton of money on lumber.
Basement Bar 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 home 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 to the bar 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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