Basement Bar Designs

Basement Bar Designs

While searching for basement bar plans and designs, you’ll likely find a bunch of ad sites exclaiming “89 Home Bar Designs for Basements…” or “40 Inspirational Home Bar Designs…“. The resulting jungle of advertising is enough to drive you nuts and crash your browser… those sites display an endless series of photos (many stolen from other sites, including this one) and a one sentence blurb that seldom relates to the picture.  No plans, and certainly NO DESIGNS. Most of the photos are of over the top bars that most of us could never afford. Most of the so-called “basement bars” they show aren’t even in a basement. Basement bar designs need extra provisions to account for moisture and possible basement flooding and our designs to just that.
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Basement Bar Designs

This idea could certainly be transferred into a basement bar setup, with gorgeous results. Want the functionality and accessibility of a basement bar, but not the look of a bar in your basement? This compact kitchen/bar idea is for you. Stylish armoire by day, basement bar by night.
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Basement Bar Designs

Still worried about space constraints when it comes to incorporating a basement bar? Well, we assure you that with the right planning and creative, space-saving cabinets and design solutions, you can turn even the tiniest corner into a snazzy home bar. For starters, make use of all the vertical space that is on offer. Look towards the space under the staircase as an opportunity to shape the stylish bar. Remember that it is often the smaller home bar designs that look far more attractive than extravagant ones with large counters and islands! It is the ambiance, mood, lighting and the accessories that truly define a beautiful basement bar and not its size.
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Basement Bar Designs

The basement bar transforms into an even more enticing option when you turn it into a fun hangout. How you choose to extend this space and integrate it with the rest of your basement design depends on both your needs and interests. If you love a glass of wine along with your favorite page turner, a cozy basement living area next to the bar is a cool choice. Add a smart entertainment center or even a simple dining space for two, and you have a romantic escape right at home! Those planning for amazing weekend parties with friends and family can bring a pool table or a foosball table, along with some comfy seating to create a basement party zone.
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Basement Bar Designs

Basement rec room. A finished basement can be a big plus, especially for those in areas with cold winters. A fully finished and heated basement offers bonus living space for extras like a bar, pool table or big-screen TV. If you’re considering a home with a finished basement, be sure to find out if the ceilings are regulation-height, and ask your home inspector to check for signs of leaks or excess moisture.
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Basement Bar Designs

Having a basement bar takes care of many of the party essentials that you need, and it makes use of the forgotten basement space. Picking a color palette and materials that are similar to the hangout next to basement bar ensures that it seems like one large, extended area and gives it a spacious appeal. Since basements generally require additional care when it comes to illumination, make sure you have several layers of accent and ambient lighting.
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Basement Bar Designs

While many of us might have already contemplated creating a stunning home bar, space is often the biggest conundrum. Today we take a look at some inspired designs where homeowners have turned to the basement to find this elusive additional space. Some of these basement bars are extravagant and others are ergonomic, and they all will leave you thinking about a quick basement renovation.
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Before committing to any basement additions, always plan for an alternative exit to the basement and other safety features that the space needs. In many regions of the world, you might also need the necessary approvals or permits before you start the project. But once you have these sorted out and the basement bar is in place, expect your weekends to fly by as a dreamy blur…
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Transform the vibe of a basement bar into that of a cheerful café…which happens to reside in a basement. Plenty of great lighting by way of wall sconces, some light and bright colors, and well-thought-out cabinetry and appliances makes this space feel fresh and inviting, basement or no.
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Kelly and Co. Design created a contemporary-style bar in this renovated barn entertainment space without losing the ambiance of its rustic surroundings. A black granite countertop and zinc bar top sit atop wood cabinets and stainless steel fixtures. LED backlighting, which can be changed according to mood, showcases the bar selections. The bar features a keg tap, a wine fridge, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, and ample storage for glassware and other serving pieces.

You do not need a lot of space for shaping this pub-inspired home bar. Even if you are not planning to bring a pool table and a gaming zone, you can still create the right mood with some neon lighting, the right backdrop and furnishings that have a rustic appeal. Be it a UK pub-inspired home bar or one that is all about ‘Americana’, the atmosphere of the basement will add to the vibe.
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Once you have the room remodeled, you can go ahead with the bar construction. If you’re lucky enough to already have a nice clean, modern, well constructed basement space, then you can skip all the above and move right to building your bar.
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A retro wet bar with cosmic accents sits outside the entry to a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade, turning this finished basement into a fun party spot. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the curved, quartz-topped bar.
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As seen on DIY’s Man Cave, a basement bar is designed to fit this homeowner’s style. A clover with the numbers 508 is painted on the floor, a jukebox is added, and a small bar area with a tv fits against the back wall.
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Start with the floor. You can usually build over existing flooring, but it’s always best to cut out carpeting around the bar. The back bar area should be all tile, laminate or solid wood flooring. The patron side can be carpeted, but I prefer a 3 foot perimeter using the same easy to clean flooring you use behind the bar.
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For flexibility in a small space, consider creating a bar from a cart or cabinet on wheels, as designer Leanne Ford did here: You can move it out of the way when you need the extra room. When styling your bar, “mix your bottles and glassware with special odds and ends that have meaning to you,” says Ford. “That will give the space some character and turn your bar into something special for you and your guests to enjoy.”
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Wide bar, as seen on DIY Network’s original series, Man Caves. The color theme is orange and has a small bar area with bar stools and old framed photos above the counter.

For the majority of our members, the best unused space in their home is the basement. In most cases, renovating basement space is relatively easy, especially new construction. However, older basements can pose a challenge. The first step is preparation.
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The photo at left is an amazing transformation of one site member’s basement renovation project. The “Dungeon” was transformed into the “Dan Cave“.  Just goes to show what a little hard work, paint, lumber and a set of plans can do for your basement.
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Designing a dream home is much more than just getting the basics right. From stunning poolside retreats to relaxing sunken lounges, contemporary homes are all about creating a gorgeous getaway right at home. While it’s great to spend a beautiful evening next to the pool as you take in the sights and sounds outside, others might prefer an indoor retreat that lets them kick back and enjoy a lazy, relaxed weekend. And a stylish home bar that completes your basement man cave allows you to have all the fun right at home. The best part is that you never need to worry about the drive back home!
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When it comes to shaping home diners and bars, nostalgia always plays a big role. For those with plenty of space to spare in the basement, think about creating a home bar and a man cave that mimics the ambiance of your favorite pub. Maybe it is that little place down the street that was your refuge during your college days or even all those years ago when you were still a party animal! Picking a similar theme is a safe bet, as you will never feel out of place or bored with it. The hot trend in home bars is to embrace the traditional pub style with exposed brick or stone walls, iron embellishments and traditional lighting fixtures.
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A wood plank ceiling, hardwood floors and natural stonework set a rustic, outdoors tone for this basement-turned-ski lodge. A fully stocked bar and lounge area makes this the perfect place to relax.

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