Recycling used pallets is good for the planet, but it’s even better for the wallet. If the creation of indoor or outdoor furniture in pallets has no secrets for us thanks to the many projects on the web, we are always looking for new DIY ideas. In the season of cocktail evenings, aperitifs and barbecues, we offer you a fun project that turns pallets into a garden or indoor bar. Whether for a drink with a few friends or to liven up a party, the pallet bar cabinet will be with you all summer long. For those who want an additional kitchen cabinet, the pallet bar easily converts into a central island or kitchen trolley.
Beautiful idea to make a bar out of a pallet
Where to find wood pallets?
But before showing you some very creative and useful projects, you should first stock up on pallets. The most economical and undoubtedly the most environmentally friendly solution is of course to recycle old pallets. But where could one find such treasures, you will ask? Do not panic ! There are not one or two trades sectors that have goods delivered on wooden pallets. Once used, these areas of the business just seek to get rid of it. We are talking about construction sites, supermarkets and other sectors of industry, which use pallets as part of their activity. So, you just have to ask for them and they will most likely give them to you wholeheartedly and at a really ridiculous price. Otherwise, in the absence of an alternative, you could also buy your recycled or brand new pallets online, except in the latter case expect a higher price..
Refresh palettes with trendy paint
Is the wood of the pallets suitable for making a bar ?
If you ask whether the wood that goes into the composition of the pallets is suitable enough for such a piece of furniture, it is quite normal. Because in the end, the material used for the creation of a bar should be able to withstand a certain weight and in addition, in the case of an outdoor bar, it must still be quite resistant to the humidity ! Again, don’t worry! Robust enough to be able to withstand the weight of the goods transported while being very light, the wood of the pallets is renowned for its robust nature. Often made from coniferous species, this wood has perfect rot-proof properties, which makes it very resistant to bad weather and perfect for outdoor use.
An easy DIY piece of furniture to make the outdoor space more functional
Some useful tips for choosing the right pallets for home projects
Since pallets are generally used for the delivery of different products, one cannot be sure of their quality and especially their condition. Indeed, some pallets can be treated with chemicals, which makes them dangerous for health. Others may be infected with bacteria, insects or molds. It is therefore very important to act with caution when choosing. Here are some clues to watch out for.
- Carefully inspect the surface for traces of mold, stains or odors.
- Avoid pallets that have been exposed to rain for a long time. The same goes for pallets used in food stores as they can be prone to bacteria caused by spilling food products..
- Make sure the wood is in good condition: no cracks, no bends or deformations.
Carefully choose the wood that you plan to integrate into your interior or exterior decor
What are the design options ?
Normally, the project depends on your needs and above all on the specificities of the land. So, for example, if you have enough space, you can opt for a classic U-shaped bar, furnished with a few chairs or bar stools. Otherwise, a mobile mini bar could also do the job and keep you comfortable in any location in your home. On the other hand, such a compact model would be a very cool and original solution for the chic country wedding decor. Another suitable alternative for tight spaces is the wall-mounted folding bar. Not sure yet which is your favorite model? Find the inspiration you need in the following lines.
Rustic wedding decor with a pretty pallet bar
DIY roller bar
Our first suggestion is this nice mobile bar with wheels. It only takes a few hours to make and you can easily move it to wherever you need it. So let’s see how to tinker with such a star element from its exterior..
- Liquid Nails construction adhesive
- 2 solid rubber wheels
- spray paint
- patio blocks
- Start by preparing the pallets by cleaning them first with water. Let dry.
- Assemble the two pallets. To do this, apply the adhesive to the back of one of the pallets.
- Place the other pallet on top.
- Drill a few more screws in the pallets to secure them.
- Install the wheels. Start by measuring and then mark their location on the wood. Make holes. Drive in the T-nut and insert the wheel.
- Finally, paint the furniture to give it a fresh touch.
Bi-material garden bar with cement slab top
What to do with pallets? An ideal hanging bar for a small area
Another very cool idea is to build a folding wall bar. The latter is the ideal solution for a small exterior where there is not enough surface to accommodate a classic bar. For this project, we use three identical palettes. The secret here is to first take the boards apart and then put them together again using screws to create a structure consisting of a back with two folding doors. Finally, you can decorate the wood according to your preferences. For the model below, we use matte black paint.
How to make a pallet bar for your garden ?
Necessary material :
- two pallets
- board for the top of the bar
- jigsaw or wood saw
- table saw
For the base of the bar in pallet:
- Cut one of the pallets into two equal parts which will serve as the wing of the bar.
- Place the two halves of the pallet to the side. Mark and jig saw 45 ° angles at the ends of the pallet you just cut.
- Take the entire pallet and measure the spaces between the dice, then cut wooden cleats to the correct dimensions and place them in the openings with a hammer. Hammer and screw the wooden cleats to secure them. This would be the assemblage point of the pallet.
- Assemble the base of the bar. To assemble the whole thing, screw the pallet halves to both sides of the entire pallet.
- To make the bar structure more robust, measure your pallets and attach wooden cleats the entire length of the structure, to the front and back of the pallets.
Take a seat at the bar and relax
The stages of construction of the base of our garden bar
Make the top of the bar
You still have to make the top of the bar. Measure the length of the structure and record the dimensions on the wood plank. Cut the board into three parts so that the board follows the contours of the bar. With a nail gun, nail the boards.
The step-by-step to realize the work plan
How to make a bar with a concrete top ?
Necessary material :
- two wooden pallets
- concrete slabs
- paint of your choice
- wood screws
Sand the pallets to remove imperfections. Apply at least two coats of paint in your preferred color. Screw the two pallets together using wood screws. Glue the cement slabs on top of the pallet.
How to make a pallet bar with a concrete top ?
How to create a counter? A few more tips
Finally, know that there are not one or two little tips to make your wooden pallet bar even more functional. For example, consider equipping your bar with a few shelves to avoid having to go back and forth between the kitchen and the bar each time you prepare a small cocktail or aperitif. And then, to make it easier for you, don’t hesitate to mount your bar on casters, which would then make it mobile and easy to move. Finally, to personalize your pallet countertop, we advise you to repaint it with a paint color you like, to decorate it with a stencil, or to adorn and illuminate it with a light garland.
A thousand and one ways to make your bar both aesthetic and functional
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