Build Your Basement Bar for Under $150

A friend of mine recently asked me for design ideas and construction assistance for a full-sized that bar he is planning for his basement. Although I am excited to be helping conceive and construct this grand bar, I also recognize that some spaces and budgets may not fit a traditional bar.

In this quick note, I wanted to share some of the design ideas I used for my basement bar.

I had the space to construct a full sized traditional bar, but considered how it would be used and decided that I would more likely benefit from a bar that also doubles has a high table that we could eat meals while watching a movie or the big game.

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In my case I chose a 4-sided bar so that I could sit folks on all sides.  The top is from an old executive’s desk that I purchased for a couple of bucks. I also put mine on wheels so I could move it if desired, perhaps into the corner to facilitate a more traditional bar deployment.  As expected,  I never have moved it.5Shown under the mirror is a re-purposed a 60”wide x 18”deep x 34” high sideboard / buffet table with a full length liquor riser to make bottle access easier and an 8’ diagonal mirror framed with 1×4” oak to visually tie the pieces together. 9The base cabinet is 3 sides of 3/4” oak plywood, simply joined on the edges with biscuits and glue. Although a single sheet of plywood could be used for the front, instead I cut two separate pieces to size and joined them to keep the grain of the wood running vertically.  To create a paneled effect, I then added ¾” oak cut to 4” for the vertical pieces and 5” for the top pieces.  The frames were glued and nailed, then trimmed with ¾” quarter round.  Additional trim was added to the base to reduce the distance to the floor while still allowing the wheels to operate properly.

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The base cabinet dimensions are approximately 24” deep by 48” long by 40” high (add 2” for the bar top).  With a careful cut plan, I was able to construct the entire cabinet box from two sheets of plywood.

The back side of the bar has a solid oak face frame constructed from 1×2’s.  It has two cabinet doors, a full shelf on the inside, and a full length drawer.  The cabinet doors are shaker style flat panels with simple frames and a ¼” oak plywood panel.

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For over-flow sitting we added a few extra bar stools and a 4’ x 12” deep wall bar that provides a place to set drinks and plates.

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For more information, dimensions, and construction details, just send me a note.

Cheers!

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