Installing a bar in your basement can be a great way to create a fun, relaxing party or get-together area separate from the rest of your home. It can free up space in the kitchen and living room and help you to entertain your guests in comfort and with ease. If you have a finished basement, or are looking into finishing yours, adding a bar to your hosting area could be the touch that really helps you to put that space to use.
There are a few things you need to consider before going ahead with the project, including whether or not you would like a wet bar. A ‘wet bar’ simply has a sink, which can make your life much easier in the long run, but also will require all the work and expenses that installing plumbing in a new part of your home can include.
Other considerations include the height (you may want to first consider what type or chairs or stools you would like to place around it) and general dimensions. Some questions you should ask yourself when choosing a size include whether you will be preparing food and drinks here and whether guests be eating meals here.
One of the more fun decisions you will need to make is how you would like the countertop to look. This is important because this surface will be one of the first places the eye is drawn to. Popular options include granite, quartz, concrete, and stainless steel. If your basement is already finished, consider what will fit in with the rest of the room. If not, think about what sort of theme you would like to develop.
Granite is the classic choice; it is elegant as well as long lasting and would be a beautiful accent to almost any design.
Quartz combines incredible durability with beauty. It is the densest and most durable of the options, and it also comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Concrete is a great option for those who would like to achieve a modern or funky look. Because concrete is particularly customizable, this might be the perfect choice if you need an unconventional shape.
Stainless steel can give a room a very clean, contemporary look, or add a unique industrial element to a more rustic space.
Once your home bar is installed, enjoy your new entertainment zone! Remember, if it is a wet bar it could also be a great place to prep for outdoor parties, dinner parties, and more.