Your Guide to Building the Perfect Pub Shed

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It’s a scene straight out of any TV sitcom: after a hard day at work, a man or woman goes to their favorite watering hole to unwind with friends for a few drinks. The “local pub” concept has been an institution in society for thousands of years as a place where people come together to relax, celebrate, and socialize. But what if there was a way that you could have all of this from the comfort of your own home?

Enter the Pub Shed onto the scene. This fun and funky new trend is as simple as it is creative: take an ordinary storage shed and convert it into the ultimate at-home bar. The sky’s the limit when it comes to how you want to decorate, but there are several essentials that every aspiring Pub Shed owner must have:

Any theme is possible for a pub shed

Jump onto Pinterest and you’ll find a dazzling array of Pub Shed creations. This is the time to really flex your creative muscles and dream big. Have you always wanted to have the perfect hunting-themed man cave? How about a relaxing beach cabana with wicker furniture, ocean murals, and a hammock? Or even a retro-themed movie theater concession stand complete with 50s décor and vintage posters? All of these have been done before with a Pub Shed. Because it’s a smaller space, you can style your shed any way that you want to without breaking the bank. You can decorate both the outside and the inside, or leave the outside as it is and surprise your guests when they open the doors.

The most important feature: the bar

If your shed is very small, your bar may simply have to consist of shelves on the wall or be tucked into the corner. However, if you have a little more room, you’ll probably want an actual standing bar so you don’t miss out on the Cheers experience. The bar is the centerpiece of the whole Pub Shed, so don’t skimp on the details. For a classy touch, consider a rich granite or elegant marble countertop. For a more rustic appeal, choose wood, bamboo, or a tiki-style thatched top. Glass countertops are another popular option, and you can have lighting installed underneath them for a futuristic theme.

Kearsley38475 (12) (1)comfortable and creative seating

You have two options for seating in your Pub Shed: indoor and outdoor. If your Pub is standing-room only, you’ll need to provide plenty of outdoor seats. Choose ones that work with the theme of your bar, but are also in weatherproof materials so you don’t have to bring them in every night. For indoor seating, pick either comfortable benches or traditional bar stools. Retro-themes are also very popular, and they look best with the classic 50s stainless steel and vinyl stools. Regular kitchen chairs can also work just fine, and you can paint them to match the rest of the décor.

Authentic and atmospheric lighting

The right style of lighting is essential for every Pub, but you may be limited if you don’t have electricity available in your shed. One easy solution is to simply use a heavy duty extension cord connected to your house. Alternatively, you can use a variety of electricity-free lighting solutions. Candles add instant atmosphere to a pub, and battery-operated versions are available if you’re worried about open flame. Additionally, you could use Coleman lanterns which would complement a rustic theme, or even oil lamps for an old-fashioned touch. For a groovy 70s style look, a lava lamp will provide both color and ambiance.

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Finding the perfect shed base

It’s easy to convert an existing shed that’s already on your property into a pub. However, you will need to find a new place to store your lawnmower, gardening equipment, or unwanted Christmas presents. A better option is to buy an stylish new shed like the ones offered by Summerwood. At Summerwood, you’ll find a wide variety of prefabricated sheds that can work with any theme you have in mind. You can also have a shed custom-designed so that it not only meets your needs but is also unique, stylish, and completely tailored to your personal taste.

Building a bar in a shed you already have

Updating a shed to make into a bar is a great option, especially if you plan on entertaining friends and family. If you already have an existing shed and are looking to transform it into your own backyard bar or pub, luckily all you have to do is worry about a few updates to it. However, it can get tricky depending on how old the shed is and what you are currently using it for, especially if it is for storage. One of the things you need to keep in mind when starting this project is if you are using this shed for storage and will be transforming it, where will you put the items you are storing in it? Is there enough space to put them somewhere else? Could you build or buy a new smaller shed for storage?

As mentioned earlier, once you have decided on how to transform your existing shed into a bar or backyard pub, you can now start thinking about the type of décor and personalization you want to add to it. From transforming the insides of these bar sheds into mini pubs with seating, or simply building in a “refreshment” window with counter and stools, the only limit to your bar shed is your imagination!

Where can I get a bar shed?

Thinking of creating a backyard bar or pub and don’t have an existing shed or cabana in the backyard? Luckily at Summerwood we have a few options available when it comes to sheds that have a bar or pub feel to them, however before diving into buying one of our sheds, here are a few tips and things to consider:

  1. As we mentioned before, spend some time Googling bar shed ideas, designs, plans, and pics. Viewing all the different designs and images can give you some great visual inspiration.
  2. Decide what size shed you can fit in your backyard. You’d be surprised what you can do with even a small shed, such as an 8×10.
  3. Decide whether you’re going DIY or want to buy a custom bar shed kit for yourself. If you do have a pool in the back, you may want to consider a pool shed with a bar, rather than choosing a standard shed design. will also sell you kits if you plan to build it yourself.

Whether you are looking to add a standalone pub or bar to your backyard, or simply making it a place to entertain, Summerwood offers a range of sheds to upgrade your backyard entertainment experience. We recommend our Barside Pool Cabanas for creating a backyard bar or pub experience, all of these designs will allow you to have some room for a bar area, a counter and cabinets to store and mix drinks, and store some furniture.

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