How to Turn Your Ordinary Shed into a Functional Bar

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If you have an existing garden shed and you want to turn that space into your personal crib, a bar would be a great idea to start with. A bar of your own inside your backyard is where you can escape and have a relaxing night out with your family and friends. You can set up a few bottles of liquor, glasses, freezer, and other things you can add to have your very own backyard bar.

So, to help you get started, here are some of the essential things you should consider when creating a bar from your pre-existing shed.

Think of Your Bar Design

You can choose a design that will match your garden or have an entirely different look and feel. You can go rustic or contemporary, or something that will stand out to your friends and family. 

The idea is to have a bar where you can have a cocktail or a glass of wine with your family or friends. If you want to add a twist, you can also put a dartboard or pool table in the shed.

Consider the Storage

Once you have decided on the design, you can then get a bar cabinet to house your bar wares and alcohol bottles. If you are tight on space, you can choose a unit that will serve as a stand-alone bar. Just add a few shelves, drawers, and cabinets to store your bar essentials.

Put on Proper Lighting

The lighting can either make or break the overall look of your bar. So, invest in quality lighting fixtures to give even lighting around your bar and in every corner of your outdoor shed.

You want to make sure that you can see everything on your bar.. You can add a few small lights on the bar top and shelves where you can store your bottles. 

You can also add hanging lights to illuminate the main area of your bar so that you can have a clear view of the setup. Put a few sconces to the walls for more lighting. When it comes to outdoor lighting, you need to think about the safety of your guests. You can choose the usual outdoor lighting or you can add some outdoor bulbs as well that will give a vintage feel to your shed.

Consider the Finishing Touches

Add some finishing touches to your bar to make it look even more sleek and beautiful. Decide on a color scheme that will be present throughout the entire bar. Use a theme that would match the rest of your backyard furniture.

Set up a few chairs, outdoor bar stools, or outdoor bar tables to complete the look of your outdoor bar. You can also place outdoor pillows on the bar stools, bar chair, and bar table to add a touch of comfort to your bar.

Lastly, you can add a perfect finishing touch to your bar—custom printed wine labels. These wine labels will not just look good on the bottles, but will also help you organize the liquor you have on display.


Your pre-existing shed can be turned into your very own functional bar. In this way, you won’t have to go out of the house to have fun and enjoy your night out. It will be your own personal space to get away from everything and beyond. 

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