A basement remodel can add significant value to your home and give you more space to relax. Whether you’re a single homeowner or family of 5, everyone can benefit from having more room to hangout and unwind. If you really want to maximize the space in your basement, you should also consider whether you want to add a bar.
Although basements with bars have coined the term “man cave,” they more commonly function as a relaxing space for the whole family to enjoy. After a long day, adults can pour a drink while the kids enjoy a game of pool, or have a movie night. On weekends, a basement bar will surely make your home the go-to spot for get togethers with friends. If you’re ready to take your basement remodel to the next level, read on to find 13 of our favorite basement bar ideas.
Small Yet Functional
This basement entertainment area features unique paneled wood cabinets with a rich mahogany stain. The matte black hexagon backsplash adds an element of modern design and contrasts the warm wood stain. Simple yet effective, this small basement bar area puts the ‘fun’ in functional!
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Luxe & Relaxed
Although it’s under the ground, a basement bar doesn’t have to feel cold and uninviting. This indulgent basement space has all the modern comforts you need to feel right at home. The large lounge space features warm colors, rich textures and plenty of seating space for family and friends to gather around. The bar space, supported by four dark wood beams, exudes elegance and grandeur.
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Large and luxurious, this is the perfect basement bar for those who love to host. With tons of counter space and bar stool seating, there’s no shortage of room to relax here. The dark wood cabinets and matching island pull the design together, with mismatched pendant lighting giving it an expressive touch. Forget about going to your local bar—when your basement looks like this, there’s no need to leave (or spend extra money).
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Dark & Dramatic
Some worry that the basement is too dark of a space for entertaining. But this kitchen shows that darkness is more of a solution than a problem. Sometimes, less light is better. Especially when going for the dark and sultry look, lack of light in the basement can play in your favor. This custom bar embraces the darkness, adding blue cabinet lighting as a subtle pop of light and color. Cabinet lighting is relatively cheap and can be found in a variety of styles and colors to suit your basement style.
Since the basement is in fact under the Earth, designing it with raw, natural elements is fitting. This interior designer used a wood paneled wall, hardwood floors and cement-like wall tiles to incorporate Earthy elements and make the space feel more organic. The open layout makes the room feel expansive and cavernous. The corner wet bar has open shelves, four light fixtures and ample seating, giving it a bright and open look. Who wouldn’t want to hangout in this contemporary getaway?
The common theme in this design is the rich, chocolatey color. From the espresso bar cabinets to the dark wood ceiling beams, this stunning home bar was skillfully designed. Intentionally placed light fixtures and recessed lighting cast just the right amount of light onto the bar. Blue LED lights illuminate the wine fridge for a pop of subtle color. This basement bar features many dark finishes, but still feels bright and inviting.
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Many unfinished basements have exposed brick walls, or some variation of stone. Our advice? Leave them as they are! Even painted brick or stone basement walls make a great touch to rustic basement bars. Not only does the natural finish of stone or brick tie into the rustic vibe, they are durable, strong and more weather resistant. This homeowner opted for a wood bar and matching bar stool chairs to contrast the texture of the natural stone walls.
This huge basement bar area is the ideal spot for entertaining. We love the oversized custom bar and rustic metal bar chairs. This is the dream basement for the aspiring barista! The homeowner cleverly added a side table and chairs to function as the “kids table.” The grey stained floors and matching wall paint give the basement a cohesive feel. If you have a large basement you’re planning to remodel (and a decent budget to match), consider this design idea to add significant value to your home.
The farmhouse design style is on-trend thanks to shows like Fixer Upper. How can you incorporate the farmhouse look into a basement bar area? A few elements that can add rustic charm to your basement are sliding barn doors, dark wood cabinets and vintage light fixtures. You can also visit local thrift shops and yard sales to look for vintage dishware, bottles, and other decor that will give your bar the feel of an old country farm cottage.
Stone is a natural finish that can add character to any home. If you want to liven up the boring walls and bar in your basement, refinishing them with stone will add dimension, texture and visual appeal. This basement bar features natural stacked stone, giving it dramatic flair and a cavern-like feel. Imagine if those areas were simply painted to match the rest of the basement, without the stone—it’s a huge transformation! Before doing a full-blown remodel, consider switching it up and simply adding some stone.
Take your basement bar to the next level with a pool table, complete with blue LED accent lighting. If you have the room, adding a pool table can turn a dull basement space into a fun game room hub. This home also features a custom wet bar, built-in fireplace and full theater. This is truly the dream mancave, fitted with everything you need to hangout and unwind.
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Chic & Simple
Although most basement bars tend to feature darker varieties of cabinets, lighter colors are also an option to brighten up the space. A popular choice for basement bar cabinets is the white shaker. To complement these cabinets, the soft lighting and neutral color palette here create a calming and serene ambiance. Especially in rooms that don’t see natural light, it can be beneficial to lighten up the color tones—this can make the basement appear bigger and less crowded.
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Cool & Contemporary
For a unique basement bar design that doesn’t break the bank, try implementing a mix of rustic and modern finishes. Subway tile backsplash and faux wood siding for the bar establish a clean look on a budget. This leaves room to splurge on bigger decor elements like the dark wood ceiling beams. Instead of upper cabinets, you can opt for open shelving to hold bottles and dishware. If remodel money is tight, fear not—there are always ways to create a beautiful, high style look on a budget.
Your Dream Basement Bar, For Less
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