How to Build a Basement Bar

Transform your basement into a popular social space with these instructions for building a bar and selecting barstools and bar accessories.

How to Build a Basement Bar
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Overview
Many men have always dreamed of owning their own bar. While actually owning a bar can be quite difficult, building a bar in your basement and having friends over to visit is not as hard. Home built bars are a very popular addition to a home. In a finished basement, a bar can be the element that turns the room into a place to hang out and entertain.
Step 1
Decide what type of bar you'd like to have in your basement. Will your bar have a sink and faucet? Will you be able to plug things into your bar, like a blender? Will you include cabinets in the bar and on the wall behind the bar? Searching the Internet and talking to friends who have their own bars in their basement may give you ideas for your own.
Step 2
Find out if your basement can accommodate a bar. If you want to have a wet bar, that has running water, you need to find out where the pipes are in your basement. Depending on the location of the water lines, it may be difficult to get water to your bar.
Step 3
Design what your bar will look like. A standard bar will be tall enough for people to sit at on bar stools, with a lower counter on the opposite side for beverage preparation. Home remodeling stores such as Home Depot can provide detailed plans.
Step 4
Purchase the needed supplies from a lumber supply store. For a bar, you'll need plywood, wood glue, and nails. This will allow you to build a very basic bar. Adding finishing or paint to the wood will give your bar a classier look. To make your guests sitting at the bar more comfortable, add a rounded edge or cushion to the lip of the bar.
Step 5
Build the bar after designing it on paper. The bar should have a raised area where patrons can sit, and a lower cabinet for drink preparation. Nail the top of the bar to the front piece. Then nail the lower cabinet to the same front piece about a foot below the upper piece.
Step 6
Attach two side walls to the sides of the bar, nailing them to the front piece, the upper bar and the lower cabinet top. At this point the bar will be able to stand on its own using the side walls as support.
Step 7
Add cabinet doors and storage space under the lower cabinet top. This area will give you room to store different bar materials, and also complete the bar.
Step 8
Install the bar in your basement. Steady your bar by fastening it directly to the floor. Once the bar is installed, you can go about running water or electricity to it.
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Woodworking tools

Plywood

Wood glue

Nails

ingredients
Woodworking tools
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Plywood
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Wood glue
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Nails
tip
When dealing with plumbing or household electrical, consult with professionals. Taking this project on by yourself could lead to a messy basement or bodily harm.
tips
When dealing with plumbing or household electrical, consult with professionals. Taking this project on by yourself could lead to a messy basement or bodily harm.
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Resources
reference
Six Tips to Build a Basement Bar in Your Home
reference
Home Bar Plans
resource
How to turn your unfinished basement into a bright, comfortable living space