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Tips for Designing Your Basement Bar

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Tips for Designing Your Basement Bar

In Basement Remodeling, Design Tips & Tricks by Joe Ellis / Updated: December 3, 2021

Building a custom basement bar involves a lot of options. Explore our basement bar design tips which will help you make selections that are right for you.

Most people will agree that a basement bar is always a good idea. If you enjoy entertaining family and friends, there is no better place than your very own custom basement bar. Besides being a place to host the best parties, it also helps save money. Instead of going out, you can enjoy a night in with a custom basement bar built to your liking.  Best of all, it adds value to your home. So, what are some tips for designing your dream bar? Read below.

Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar 

There are two different types of bars that can be built. A wet bar has a sink with running water while a dry bar has a place to prepare drinks but no sink. Having wet bar is convenient because you have a place to make drinks and wash all your glassware, but it does require more work during construction. When working on creating a wet bar, you must consider your plumbing needs. There are different structural considerations that may be necessary. Since a dry bar does not require running water, it is a simpler alternative although some prefer the extra plumbing work in order to have a fully functional wet bar. 

Basement Bar Styles and Design 

Coming up with a basement bar design will help turn your ideas into reality. You must decide what aesthetic, colors, and theme you are looking for. Check out some ideas from our blog. There are so many different ways you can style and design your bar. Love old style movies? Go for a vintage look. Leaning towards a more modern approach? A garage design might be appealing. With metal details and industrial styling, this simple approach makes for a beautiful basement bar set up. Another way to spruce up your basement bar is by adding pieces such as a pool table that can be found in traditional bar set up. Find these ideas and more here.

Lighting Considerations

The fun thing when creating your custom basement bar is that there are a variety of ways to make it unique. Lighting is a component that can change the mood in any room. You can choose from different options such as up-lighting, pendant lights, recessed lights, and back wall/under cabinet lights. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you choose the best basement lighting.

Countertop Materials

One of the first things that any homeowner needs to consider when finishing their basement is whether there is any moisture or water that needs to be removed. Basements are known to be damp spaces. A plan to remove both water and moisture has to be made in order to avoid potential mold issues. It is vital this be done before anything gets built or any materials are chosen. Here are some ways to waterproof your basement.

Working on getting rid of water and moisture is best left to professionals. They understand the steps that need to be taken in order to avoid a major headache in the future. When choosing a countertop, you must keep basement conditions in mind. Material such as wood, although beautiful, is more difficult to maintain. Granite and marble countertops are great choices and come in a wide variety to fit any design style. Get an idea of other materials that are available such as laminate and soapstone here.

If you have been considering a basement bar, there is no better time to start than now. With tons of ideas from lighting to design, you can let your imagination soar. Contact a contractor to learn where to start.


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