In most cases, the height of the bar counter is determined by its functional purpose, since it can both perform a decorative function and serve practical purposes. More recently, this piece of furniture was considered a sign of luxury and wealth, but now everyone can afford such a beautiful and comfortable model for organizing a kitchen space.
What are the standard settings?
It is impossible to say exactly what the standard dimensions of the bar counter are, because much more often they are made to order and have individual sizes. However, sometimes ready-made furniture designs are on sale. The parameters of such furniture often correspond to the dimensions 110 * 60 * 120 (H * W * D). These sizes are not at all universal and are more suitable for spacious kitchen spaces.
The standard height of the bar counter directly depends on how this design will be used. There are several placement options in relation to the height of the kitchen unit:
- Above kitchen furniture. Height from 110 to 120 cm. Separate piece of furniture complete with high bar stools.
- On the same level with the tabletop — 86, 88, 91 cm. The exact size depends on the furniture legs that are used in this set (10, 12, 15 cm). The design can act as an additional surface for cooking. Neither simple chairs nor bar stools are suitable for such an element. Therefore, it is more convenient to use chairs on gas lifts with height adjustment.
- 74–78 cm — below the kitchen set. In this case, a dining table may not be required, since the use of standard chairs is implied.
The size of the kitchen predetermines the length of the bar counter. It should be, first of all, convenient and comfortable. In a kitchen with a small area, a bulky design will be inappropriate, it will look too big, and you will have to constantly bypass it. In a spacious room, a short element looks extremely disproportionate and ugly.
It is believed that the optimal length of a furniture structure for this purpose should be at least 90 and not more than 180 cm.
When choosing the length of the rack, you need to focus on the number of people who will use it. For comfortable accommodation of 1 person, 60 cm of the tabletop is enough.
The width of the bar counter is an important furniture parameter, which depends on the functional purpose of the structure and the dimensions of the room. For small kitchens, it makes no sense to make a wide rack, because it will block the entire room and make the kitchen space uncomfortable. In large areas, too narrow furniture design will be inappropriate.
Recommended widths range from 30 to 90 cm. If there is no room for a dining table in a small room, then a wide design can become a full-fledged dining area. The narrow element is intended only for the use of various drinks (tea, coffee, etc.). Most often, such furniture designs have a width of about 55–60 cm.
Types of bar counters
The dimensions of the bar counter for the kitchen are largely determined by its design and functional features. These furnishings can not only have different overall dimensions, but also vary greatly in shape and design. The dimensions of the kitchen room itself, in which such furniture will be placed, are extremely important.
A convenient option is a rack made in the form of an island. This design does not come into contact with the elements of the kitchen set and stands separately. Quite often, such furniture serves to accommodate a sink or built-in appliances (hob, oven, microwave, etc.), and it also serves as a full-fledged workplace for cooking. At the same time, the island is used as a dining table, and chairs are substituted for it.
An island bar counter for the kitchen is most appropriate in large rooms, since it will be necessary to leave aisles for the hostess to move comfortably (90–100 cm). In small kitchens, there is simply not enough space for this. The minimum size of the island is 60 * 120 cm. The optimal values of these parameters are determined by the size of the room. The height arrangement of such structures coincides with the height level of kitchen furniture.
The classic rack is a tabletop attached at one end to the wall, and at the other end resting on a special support — the bar leg. Another option is possible, when the countertop rests on narrow cabinets, which are an excellent additional storage space for kitchen utensils.
When deciding what height a bar of this type has, they often stop at values from 110 to 120 cm. This size is considered the most suitable for placing full-fledged high bar stools. Such designs look airy and do not clutter up the room. For small kitchens, they will be an excellent solution in the competent distribution of kitchen areas.
Bar elements of this type are not used so often, they are used in limited spaces of small rooms and save space. This design is a narrow tabletop, placed close to the wall or fixed to it with brackets. The dimensions of the furniture element and its height from the floor can vary greatly, everything is determined by individual characteristics and functional needs.
Combined and two-level
The design of the combined type is carried out integrally with the kitchen worktop and is its continuation. In this case, the height of the rack coincides with the level of the headset tabletop. The free edge is supported by special furniture supports. A piece of countertop can also be a stand. This design is used in kitchens with a U‑shaped, L‑shaped and semicircular layout.
Two-level racks differ in that they have work areas located at different levels. One part is a work surface with various functional drawers inside, the other is located above and is designed for a high bar stool. Such an element is often installed directly on the countertop using special stands (supports) and can be made of various materials (glass, plastic, etc.).
For a small kitchen
Kitchen furniture with a small area should be compact and practical, as there is a shortage of free space. The dimensions of such rooms rarely allow you to place a full-fledged bar structure. Wall-mounted and small classic options are most appropriate here. They are a fairly narrow tabletop, resting on a support. In small-sized kitchens, various folding, retractable, folding and rotary elements are used.
How to calculate the height of the bar counter?
Ready-made bar counters are more often made of a standard height — about 110–115 cm. But such dimensions are not always convenient. There are strict rules only in catering establishments (restaurants, bars, cafes, etc.). For personal use, they make a bar counter of the desired and convenient size. When calculating the height parameters, you need to focus on the anatomical features and individual wishes:
- the nature of the work that is performed standing;
- posture in a sitting position.
There should be a vertical distance of about 30 cm from the tabletop to the seat of the chair. If it is convenient for a person of average height (165–170 cm) to sit on a bar stool behind a counter 105–110 cm high, then a high furniture element with parameters of more than 115 cm is preferable. the structure is not high enough, then he will have to bend down and strain his back. Sometimes it is advised to calculate the height parameters of the rack, based on the parameters of existing chairs.
The dimensions of the bar counter depend on the size of the room and on how this piece of furniture will be used. It is necessary to take into account the possibility of embedding equipment and communications, as well as the height difference in the construction of podiums. The design must match the style of the room. You can figure everything out on your own, but it is better to entrust this issue to a professional designer.