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Rethinking the Garden Shed: How Create a Backyard Bar

Rethinking the Garden Shed: How Create a Backyard Bar

Melwood Backyard bar featuring counter

Imagine enjoying:

👉 Footy Finals 

👉 Cocktail Competitions, and

👉 The best mojito you’ll ever try

Right in your own backyard!

 

It’s time to transform the humble garden shed into an epic backyard bar so you can enjoy happy hour at home.

No curfews, no driving, no worries. 

We know you want to learn how it’s done, so we’ve listed out the steps below: 

 

How to create a Backyard Bar

1. First things first: Create Space

First up, you’ll need a space to house your bar supplies & serve drinks from.

You’ll want to make sure it’s lockable and secure; so it can be used year-round.

 

If you don’t have an existing shed you can transform, you can get a Garden Room installed in just a few weeks.

They’re quick, easy & often don’t need council approval. More info on that here.

Here are a few designs to choose from.

 

A Garden Room is the first step to your Backyard Bar. Made-to-order in a few weeks. Delivered & built for you in one day. 

A Garden Room is the first step to your Backyard Bar. Made-to-order in a few weeks. Delivered & built for you in one day. Porch Cabana No.12. 3.6m x 3.2m.

 

Recommended Door + Window Combinations:

Once you’ve chosen the building to house your backyard bar, it’s time to choose the options. 

Here are a few options we’ve seen work really well for backyard bars:

  • Entry door/s (double doors give you easier access!)
  • Deck/Verandah for shade + seating 
  • Large sliding window for serving 
  • Small sliding window  (position this opposite the serving window, for cross-ventilation).

 

Double Doors are a great idea for your bar as they’ll create plenty of space to get things in + out of your bar. Source: Pinterest.

 

 

2. Paint the Outside of Your Bar

Once your Bar is installed, it’s time to paint the outside.

A few coats of paint are essential. We recommend using a similar colour scheme to your house for a sleek, coordinated look.

This garden room was painted in similar colours to the house, making it look like a natural extension of the home.

This garden room was painted in similar colours to the house, making it look like a natural extension of the home. | Melwood Porch Cabana No.20 (6.3m x 3.2m)

 

TIP: This handy Dulux calculator helps you work out how much paint you’ll need

 

3. Add a counter

Every good bar needs a counter to serve drinks from, right? 

Luckily there’s an easy DIY you can do to create a counter for your backyard bar. 

Simply attach a plank of wood with sturdy brackets under your main window, and you’ve got yourself 

You’ll want to stain the wood to make it weather & wine-proof and make sure your bench will be sturdy enough to take the weight of a few mates leaning on it.

Not keen on DIY? ServiceSeeking.com.au is a great place to find qualified local tradies in your area

 

Melwood Backyard bar featuring counter

This Melwood Verandah No.10 (3.6m x 2.6m) shows how easily you can transform a garden room into a backyard bar. 

 

 

4. Add bar stools & seating

Once your bench is in, hunt down some stylish stools to sit at your bar window.

TIP: Temple & Webster, Early Settler and Freedom have great outdoor furniture options. 

Make sure you check measurements before purchasing, so the stools suit the height of your bench. 

For something a little comfier,  we recommend adding a few outdoor lounges & cushions.

 

This Backyard Bar fromThreeBirdsRenovations latest project features a bbq for the ultimate outdoor entertaining area

This Backyard Bar fromThreeBirdsRenovations latest project features a bbq for the ultimate outdoor entertaining area. Source: ThreeBirdsRenovations.com

 

5. Fit out the inside & add finishing touches

A good place to start for fitting out the inside of your bar is by deciding the style you’re going for, and how much you’ll need to include inside.

Your Backyard Bar can be a basic serving area, or a fully-fitted bar with storage cupboards, a fridge and a sink.

 

If you’re creating a rustic backyard bar, you could leave the framing exposed, and just paint the timber frames black. 

To create a rustic backyard bar, leave the framing exposed, and paint the timber frames black. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a more sleek, polished look, you can add plaster, paint & lighting inside – just like you would inside your home.

Add an ice bucket for keeping drinks cool, and string up some lights to make evenings with friends just a little more magical.

TIP: Create a Backyard Bar Pinboard. This will help you bring your ideas together and stick to your colour scheme. You can also add products to your board as you find them, for example bar stools, a bar cart, paint colours etc. 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a little magic to your backyard bar with string lights. Image via Pinterest.

Add a little magic to your backyard bar with string lights. Image via Pinterest.

 

How INSANE is this garden bar? 😍😱 This one is in the UK, but you can get the look here in Australia with a Melwood Mod No.12 (3.6m x 3.2m). Source: Facebook (click for more images)

 

Ultimate backyard bar inspiration via Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get all your Backyard Bar Questions Answered

Putting in a backyard bar is fast & easy with Melwood. 
We realise you might have a few questions about how to get the right Backyard Bar for your property.

If you’d love to see Melwood buildings in person, we have 3 locations in Sydney which you can visit. Click here to view locations & schedule your visit.

 

 



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