Balcony Bar Top

Edzon Plascencia
by Edzon Plascencia
6 Materials
10 Hours

While we were living in our apartment, we decided to add a bar top to our balcony railing. This way we could save space and have somewhere to sit when we wanted to BBQ and eat outside! It came out better than expected ! Here's how I made it-

First I started with wood I found on the side of our house- free materials! I then screwed the pieces together to form a counter with a lip.

Next, I sanded the whole thing down.

Then I stained it. I went with a light color to keep a more natural look. You can choose whatever fits your style.

Finally I added the clear coat top coat. I went with an outdoor polyurethane because I wanted it to last since it was going to be outside. Now it looks great and is weather proof!

I then handmade the brackets to hook the bar onto the railing. It can also easily be removed if need be.

And that was it! Perfect fit! We set up some bar stools and our space is ready for outdoor fun.

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  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Jul 08, 2019

    Nice work ! Is there any thoughts for someone. Who can’t make there own brackets ?

  • Lisa Lanney Lisa Lanney on Jul 31, 2019

    Just curious, what are the dementions please.

  • KT KT on May 25, 2020

    I love your balcony bartop! And, I have the same iron balcony...however, I do not have the skills to make the brackets. Do you happen to have any closeup pics of the brackets?? I can show to a craftsman to have made for me

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  • Pam Pam on Aug 25, 2021

    Thinking a bit out of the box here .. like this idea, but here is another spin ...

    I found these over the door metal hangers -

    you could use the 'hook' part as a place that would help balance the board you use. Screw the back piece of wood or whatever you choose to use to the flat metal. Also might suggest looking into using a piece of Trex or some of the composite deck boards for the shelf, they are made to be outside.

    If you chose to have your metal bracket made, look up welders in your area. Great idea Edzon Plascencia - thanks for posting ...

  • Suzie 50 Suzie 50 on Jun 10, 2022

    Thank you for sharing, perfect idea for my tiny little porch! Your bar turned out great.