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Create a Backyard Bar: A DIY Guide

Imagine this: You’re lounging in your backyard, the sun is setting and you’re sipping on a refreshing drink from your very own patio bar. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Creating a backyard patio bar is easier than you might think, and it comes with some fantastic perks.

First off, there’s the sheer convenience. No more running back and forth to the kitchen while entertaining friends. Everything you need is right there at your fingertips. Plus, think about the money you’ll save. Instead of heading out to expensive bars, you can enjoy the same experience at home. And let’s not forget the entertainment value – having a backyard bar makes your place the go-to spot for gatherings, whether a casual BBQ or a fun-filled party.

So, what’s the plan? This guide is here to walk you through every step of creating your own backyard bar. From planning and building to adding those final personal touches, we’ve got you covered. Ready to get started? Let’s turn that backyard bar dream into a reality!

Planning Your Backyard Patio Bar

First things first, you need to figure out where this bar is going to live. Take a good look at your backyard and evaluate the available space. Is there a cozy corner that catches the afternoon shade? Or a spot with a great view of your garden? The perfect location should be easily accessible from the house but feel like a separate retreat. Think about the practicalities, too – you don’t want to be lugging drinks and snacks across the yard all the time.

Next up is the fun part: design inspiration. What vibe are you going for? A rustic woodsy feel with reclaimed materials? A sleek, modern garden bar with clean lines and metal accents? Or a tropical paradise with vibrant colors and lush greenery? Spend some time browsing Pinterest, flipping through magazines, and checking out other blogs to collect ideas. Then, create a file or a board to visualize your dream bar. This will make the planning process a lot smoother and more enjoyable.

Finally, let’s talk money. Outline your potential costs, including materials, tools, and any extras like seating or decor. Setting a realistic budget is very important. Be honest with yourself about what you can afford and prioritize the essentials first. Remember, you can always add more later. A good tip is to set aside a little extra for unexpected expenses – because, let’s face it, they always pop up. Stick to your budget, and you’ll avoid any financial headaches, making the whole project much more enjoyable.

Building the Structure

Now that you’ve got your plan in place, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Let’s start with the foundation and flooring. Preparing the ground is crucial – you want a stable base. Clear the area of any debris and level the ground. Once that’s done, you can lay a stable foundation, like you would for a shed, using concrete, pavers, or even treated wood. When it comes to flooring, think about durability and aesthetics. Options like stone, brick, concrete or weather-resistant wood not only look great but also stand up well to outdoor conditions.

With the foundation set, it’s time to construct the bar frame. This might sound daunting, but with a step-by-step approach, it’s totally doable. Start by building a sturdy frame using treated lumber or metal. Make sure to measure everything twice before cutting – accuracy is key for structural integrity. Secure the frame properly using screws and brackets for added stability. Once the frame is up, you can move on to the bar top. Choose materials that are both durable and attractive, like granite, tile, or high-quality wood. Install it securely and add any finishing touches, like sealing or staining, to protect it from the weather. With the structure complete, your bar is really starting to take shape!

Adding a Bar Cart

If you don’t have the ability to build out your own bar, or you’d like to make a big addition to your outdoor bar space, a bar cart is perfect. This handy piece of equipment brings a whole new level of convenience. Imagine effortlessly rolling your bar essentials right to where you need them, whether closer to the grill during a BBQ or by the pool on a hot day. A bar cart not only enhances your hosting game but also adds flexibility and style to your outdoor setup.

Our bar cart is packed with features that make it a must-have. The folding lid with easy-lift pistons allows for quick access and easy storage. It includes a fold-down shelf perfect for glasses and other accessories. Plus, it has sturdy fold-out side shelves that can hold up to 33 lbs., which is great for mixing drinks or holding snacks. The double-walled EVOTECH panels provide excellent insulation, keeping your beverages cool, while the cast-iron look finish adds a touch of elegance. It even comes with a built-in bottle opener, a metal handle for easy maneuvering, a smart drainage system for easy cleaning, and 360-degree swivel wheels for complete maneuverability.

patio cooler open with ice and drinks
Patio Cooler & Beverage Cart

Seating with Adirondack Chairs

When it comes to outdoor seating, Adirondack chairs are a fantastic choice. Their classic and comfortable design instantly evokes a sense of relaxation, making them perfect for your backyard bar. Built from durable and weather-resistant materials, these chairs can withstand the elements and look great year after year. Plus, their wide armrests are perfect for holding drinks, adding to the laid-back vibe of your outdoor space.

Placing your Adirondack chairs is all about fostering social interaction and creating a cozy atmosphere. Arrange them in a semi-circle around your bar or fire pit to encourage conversation and make everyone feel included. You can also place a few in quieter corners of your yard for more intimate gatherings. Add colorful cushions or throw blankets to enhance the comfort and aesthetic appeal.

Personalizing Your Bar

Now that your bar is built and functional, it’s time to make it truly yours with some personal touches. Add decorative elements like paint, stains, and trims to match your style. Whether you prefer a rustic wood finish or a sleek modern look, these details can transform the bar’s appearance. Consider incorporating themes and color schemes that resonate with you – maybe a beachy vibe with blues and whites or a classic pub feel with dark woods and vintage signs. These touches not only enhance the visual appeal but also create an inviting atmosphere that reflects your personality.

Don't forget about the accessories and extras that can elevate your backyard bar experience. Essential bar accessories like blenders, ice makers, and coolers ensure you’re always ready to whip up a cocktail or keep drinks chilled. To add fun to your outdoor space, consider including extras like outdoor games, a sound system for your favorite tunes, and heaters for those cooler evenings. These additions make your bar not just a place to grab a drink but the ultimate hangout spot. With a bit of creativity and the right accessories, your backyard bar will be the perfect blend of style and function.

Maintenance and Care

Keeping your outdoor bar in tip-top shape doesn’t have to be a hassle, especially when you choose the right materials. Maintenance can be a lot, but opting for furniture made from durable materials like resin can make a world of difference. Resin furniture, like those from Keter, is a fantastic choice because it’s weather-resistant and low maintenance. Unlike wood or metal, resin won’t crack, rot, rust, or peel, no matter the weather. This means you can spend less time worrying about upkeep and more time enjoying your backyard bar. With resin furniture, maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor space becomes a breeze.

Creating your backyard bar is a fun and rewarding project that transforms your outdoor space into an entertainment hub. Each step brings you closer to your perfect outdoor oasis, from planning and building the structure to adding functional features like a mobile bar cart and comfortable Adirondack chairs. Don’t forget the personal touches and low-maintenance furniture that make your bar stylish and easy to care for. 

Ready to get started? Keter offers everything you need, from durable Adirondack chairs to versatile bar carts, to make your backyard bar dreams a reality. Cheers to great times ahead!


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