How to build a garden bar
How do I make my own bar?
Having a bar in your garden is becoming ever more popular, as people look to exciting ways to entertain family and friends outdoors. You can convert a shed, modify a decking area, or have a bar specially installed. From tiki bars to cocktail bars via shabby chic gin bars, there’s no shortage of inspiration available to get you into the party mood.
This guide details how to build a garden bar from scratch, and is specifically written to go with the Wickes Build Your Own Garden Bar https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wicke..., which provides you with all the timber you need. This guide tells you how to make the timber frames, clad the panels, and assemble the bar complete with bar tops and fascias.
When fully assembled, our garden bar has a traditional pent roof and measures 2.4m at its highest point. The bar is 1.8m wide and 1.2m deep.
Make sure your timber is dry before you build the bar, and try to plan ahead so you build it in dry weather. Working with wet treated wood can cause major shrinkage, warping and cracks later on. The timber used for this project is pressure treated for enhanced performance against rot and decay.
We recommend wearing protective goggles and heavy duty gloves when using the mitre saw or drill. The cladded panels will be heavy once they’re built, so we recommend having somebody to help with lifting, and assembly of the shed.
Planning your garden bar
It’s important to choose the right site – select an area that has a level surface with good ground conditions, ideally away from overhanging trees. Consider whether you’d like your bar to be in full sun or shade. Suitable surfaces for your bar include concrete, patio stone, decking, and wooden or plastic shed bases.
Choose a space that will allow at least 2ft of surrounding space on all sides. This will allow your timber to breathe, and also ensure you’re able to access the panels for future treatment and repair.
Ensure your workstation and mitre saw are close to the area of construction. Then you can stack your timber close by in separate piles.