A Complete Guide to Making a Pallet Bar

Pallet bars are ideal for having fun with friends and family. Enjoy diving into your swimming pool and having cold drinks in the gorgeous summer while having a BBQ. You can place your drinks on the shelves and serve them on the countertops. Wooden pallet bars are very attractive and can make your outdoor space look great. You can easily clean and dismantle a pallet bar whether it’s meant for the indoors or outdoors.

Guide to Making a Pallet Bar

If you’re interested in making a pallet bar, just follow the simple steps given below

How to design a pallet bar

Step 1: Make a Pallet Bar Frame

First of all, you need stringer boards to create a front frame in a square shape. Then you have to fix the screws or the nails at the joining parts of the bar. This should be strong enough to protect the whole frame’s stability.

Pallet bar frame

Step 2: Install the Front of Pallet Bar

The frame is ready now. The next step is to arrange the pallet straight lengths. For this, fill up the frame and join the parts together. Use natural wood or a rustic gray color.

Step 3: Install the Sides

This is when you want to install the sides of your wooden pallet. Use added stringer boards and make the extra hollow square shaped frames. Fill up the frame sides to give it a strong foundation.

Pallet bar frame side

Step 4: Tighten the Pallet Slats

Check all the frame sides and, again, tighten the pallet slats because there may be a loose slat. This will ensure that your wooden pallet bar is robust and secure.

Step 5: Install the Countertops

Countertops pallet bar

At this stage, you have to install the counter tops for your pallet bar. It must be sturdy and neatly cut. Don’t forget to rub it down with sandpaper. After this, your strong pallet slats are ready.

Step 6: Install the Bar Surface

Install the counter tops with the double-layered slats. Make the shelves lower. Use the well-clenched and shining wooden lengths to install the bar surface. Make sure everything is splinter free.

Pallet bar surface

Step 7: The Final Touch

This is the last step of your DIY pallet bar. Recheck the fine finish and use some nice paint colors. Also, coat it with a stain and sealing material. Again, sand the surface well. There should be no chance of splinters. Make it glowing, smooth, and water resistant. You can give your pallet bar a final touch with a dark brown color. This will give your pallet bar a contemporary and elegant look.

Outdoor pallet bar

You’ve just varnished the shelves and countertops. Leave the remaining parts to create a natural, rustic appearance. It’s more appealing and closer to nature. For the surface, the most popular and striking color is Minwax black stain. Either way, you can fine-tune the wood with a red mahogany, dark and light walnut coat, or a shiny gold colored oak.

Extra Credit

Pallet bar with lighting

If you want to make your pallet bar long-lasting, you can seal it with the polyurethane, epoxy resins, and wood oils. It’ll make the wood durable and maintain its integrity. You can decorate your pallet bar with lights as well. The interior lights of the pallets can give off an amazing look at night. Some people use LED lights that blink in multiple colors. Add a few stools around your pallet bar for people to sit and relax. Have fun!

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