How to: Create A Garden Pallet Bar

A drop leaf bar made from pallet wood showing three bottles of gin with lemon slices.  Painted in Wickes Dusky Pine Exterior Paint.  There is a fire pit in the foreground

This blog post includes pictures and products that were used in a paid partnership with Wickes, but this tutorial is not part of the campaign.

Our garden has undergone a lot of changes in 2020 and we have been so grateful for the outside space and to be able to have family and friends over.  This time last year we wouldn’t have been able to do that! As part of the garden revamp we have created (what I have named) my G&T Corner.  The name comes from the vision I had for the garden in 2019 – me, sat in the corner and drinking a G&T!  I have already written about how we have created a budget revamp, our bench seating and outdoor cushions and more ‘before’ pictures can be found there.

What does every G&T Corner need, besides gin? A bar! We had pallets and wood left over from the bench seating project and I’m now going to take you through each step and what tools you need, to create your own Garden Pallet Bar.

You Will Need

  • Pencil
  • Hand level
  • Screwdriver (either flat head or Philips, depending on the screws you have)
  • Drill – with drill bits for pilot holes and the holes needed to secure to the wall. 
  • Impact driver or electric screwdriver (it will really be easier than trying to attach the pieces of wood with a hand screwdriver)
  • Claw hammer
  • Utility Bar
  • Pallets (or treated wood if you prefer) – I used around three pallets in total.
  • Wood screws – I used a variety of sizes from 30mm-100mm.
  • Hinges 
  • Screw eyes
  • Carbine hooks
  • Chain 
  • Cabin hooks
  • Exterior paint
  • Gin… or another tipple of your choice!

Step 1 – Choose your space, and your pallet

If you have a small garden, like us, space is a priority and so I chose an area of the garden next to the bench seating and chose a pallet that fitted perfectly.

Step 2 – Create your frame

This is where you will need to take wood from another pallet to complete the frame.  I also added three more pieces of wood to the back of the pallet.  

I used a claw hammer and utility bar to remove the wood and the nails.  I did get a bit frustrating with the first one so it was handy that Mr S was around!

At this point the frame was added to the wall.  We (Mr S – I was the glamorous assistant for this part!) drilled holes into the stone wall (sounded horrible!), added red wall plugs and attached three pieces of left over wood (from the bench seating project) to the wall.  The pallet frame was then attached to the three pieces of wood to secure it.

Step 3 – Calculate your fold out bar area

I had seen a few different garden pallet bar designs and, because I knew this one would be smaller in comparison, I decided to clad the top of the frame and have one drop down section.

I wanted the drop down section to meet the middle piece of wood in the frame.  You can see that the pallet I chose as the frame was already split into three sections, so that’s why I decided to calculate it that way.

I measured the area so that the piece of wood could be hinged to the frame and lift up to meet the middle.  I then cut pieces of pallet wood to this size and cut two pieces of pallet wood to go across the width and secured it with screws.

Step 4 – Paint the frame

Using the Exterior Paint from Wickes I then painted the frame when it was attached to the wall.  I guess I could have painted it before it was attached to the wall, but I was pressed for time and sunshine!

Step 5 – Attach the fold out bar and clad the top of the frame

I used this hinge pack from Wickes to attach the fold out bar to the frame.  I used another random pallet to hold it while I screwed it into place (there wasn’t an extra pair of hands around at the time!).  I drilled pilot holes into the wood first and then screwed into place with the screws supplied with the hinges.

Step 6 – Attach the chain

Now that the leaf was hinged in place I started to attach the chain.  I used bolt cutters to cut the chain to size.  I haven’t included them in the tools that you need, but it’s something to consider depending on the length of chain you decide on.

I attached screw eyes to the bottom of the fold out section, at points that wouldn’t stop me from closing it when folded up.  The second set were attached to the underside of the middle piece of wood in the frame.  I then threaded the chain through the screw eye and connected them together, and to the second screw eye, with the carbine hook.  

Once I had completed this step and checked that it worked (probably more times than I needed to!) I cladded the remainder of the pallet bar.  I used left over wood from the bench seating project and drilled pilot holes before screwing into place with wood screws.

Step 7 – Paint and attach cabin hooks

You then need to paint the rest of the pallet bar with the Exterior Paint.  It will need two coats.  The 2.5l tin was more than enough paint for the area so I have plenty left for other garden projects!

I attached the cabin hooks to the front of the drop down leaf and connected it to the cladded part of the pallet bar.

Step 8 – fill with your favourite tipple(s)

Collect up you favourite tipple(s) (in my case, gin!) and get cosy with blankets to enjoy the fruits of your labour!

I hope that this tutorial has helped inspire you to also create a pallet bar in your garden.  Please tag me if you do, as I’d love to see!

Lydia x

You can find me on Instagram and Pinterest too.

1 thought on “How to: Create A Garden Pallet Bar

  1. Great tutorial and well done – a fully complete G&T corner now!


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