When you think of a shed, you probably picture a space filled with landscaping tools, flowerpots, overflow items, etc. That kind of shed might be appealing to some people, but to others, they may see it as nothing other than a reminder of all the chores they need to finish up. If you aren’t big into gardening and would rather spend your time relaxing with a cold drink in hand, a shed bar may be right up your alley. Take a look at these creative shed bar ideas to learn more!
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What’s a Bar Shed?
As the name suggests, this is a shed space that you turn into a bar for your family and friends to enjoy. The specifics from that point are up to you—it could be rather minimal in design, it could be extravagant, or it could be just about anything in between. You may be able to convert your existing shed into a bar, or you might decide to build a new structure for this purpose.
The appeal of a bar shed is having a space that’s separate from your home to relax. For many people, adding a bar to their main house won’t be an option due to a lack of space, so a shed bar is a good alternative. Or, even if you do have the space, you might decide that placing your bar in a shed is a better choice so that you can make a bit more noise than you could in the house.
An Indoor-Outdoor Design
One of the most interesting ways to design your shed bar is to set it up as an indoor-outdoor combination. With this kind of design, you’ll have the bar itself on the inside–where you keep your drinks and your supplies–while you’ll have seating on the outside. Depending on the kind of shed you’re working with, the doors could open up wide to bring the inside and outside together, or you could have a pass-through like a large window.
If you’re thinking of building a shed bar because of its affordable cost, consider finding all the supplies you need among items that are no longer in use to continue to save money. Look online for items that people are simply giving away. You might be surprised at how easy it is to find items like stools, tabletops, decorations, and more. Creating your shed bar this way will not only save money, but it will give the space a unique feel and an interesting backstory.
The main draw of your shed bar might be the drinks, but games are a great way to encourage others to stick around awhile. Darts are a pub classic that would fit in well in this kind of space, but make sure you can set the board up in a safe spot. If you’re going with an indoor-outdoor design, you could opt for cornhole as a yard game that can be played in front of your bar. Cornhole is a good choice because the boards and bags can be stored away easily inside the shed when not in use.
Part of a Bigger Plan
It’s wise to think of your shed bar not as a standalone feature on your property, but rather as part of a larger outdoor living plan. Since your shed itself probably isn’t big enough to bring a whole party inside the space, there will be some spillover into the surrounding area in most cases. By placing your shed carefully near a patio, deck, or another gathering spot, it can become the hub of a get-together that lasts all day and into the night.
Taking It to a New Level
You could have plenty of fun with a basic shed bar that doesn’t go much beyond some stools, a bar, and some drinks kept in a cooler. However, if you want to elevate the experience, you can add modern touches that will make your shed more like a real bar. For instance, you might add plumbing so that you can have running water inside the shed, which will open up many more drink possibilities. Also, you could bring in an electrician to wire the shed for power and add even more features like lights and a TV. Of course, if you do take these kinds of steps, be sure to get the proper permits and have the work done by a licensed professional.
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These creative shed bar ideas are sure to make your structure the life of the party. But, while the prospect of having a shed bar on your property is certainly exciting, it isn’t going to happen on its own. The first step to make this dream a reality is to build the shed–and that’s where American Carports, Inc. can help! Use our Build & Price tool to customize every aspect of your structure and design the ideal bar space. It’s that easy to take the first step in this exciting project!