The bar counter in the kitchen is installed for various reasons: in order to increase the area of the working surface, to maintain modern trends, or as an element of decor. Such a piece of furniture will successfully fit into the design of any style. There are a large number of options for such structures. For this reason, before making a final choice, you should study the market, paying attention to the main criteria: configuration, material. An important parameter is the appearance of the product, because it must successfully fit into the interior.
Modern kitchen design
If you are interested in the question of whether a bar counter is needed, you should learn more about what functions it can perform. More recently, such a piece of furniture was used in restaurants and cafes. With it, you can create a lighter, more comfortable atmosphere. If earlier the rack was installed mainly in the West, today it is often included in the design project of residential premises in Russia and other countries.
The kitchen bar counter decorates the room, gives it spice. Today, such a piece of furniture is no longer considered a luxury, but is used everywhere.
The bar counter not only looks attractive, but also differs in functionality. So, this design element simultaneously solves the following tasks:
- division of space into working areas;
- there is an additional countertop for cooking;
- the bar counter emphasizes the style of the interior, but this is only possible if it has been correctly selected;
- this piece of furniture contributes to the creation of a more comfortable atmosphere;
- it is possible to purchase a bar in the desired style direction (classic, hi-tech, avant-garde, etc.);
- if necessary, select a model of a product equipped with a plurality of drawers;
- saving space, which is due to the compact dimensions and the significant height of the worktop, which makes it possible to hide the chairs inside the structure.
If the question is how to choose a bar counter, the advice of professionals will help with this:
|First of all, you need to decide on the design.||Such interior items can be single-level and two-level. You can purchase a set with a bar counter or an independent structure (island). The product should not be too branchy, because it will be difficult to care for such a design. If you look at the kitchen from the side, then the room itself will tell you the shape.|
|Dimensions.||The larger the area of the room, the better, because in this case, you can install any option you like, not limited to size. The height of the product is also important. In most cases, a high bar counter is installed. The lower it is, the greater the resemblance to a narrow table. In this case, the whole point of mounting such a design is lost. To be able to sit comfortably behind it, chairs with long legs are provided. Their design must be safe, given the significant dimensions.|
|Materials.||The bar countertop, fittings, supports, frame are carefully selected. The materials of all structural elements must meet certain requirements, which will allow the product to operate for a long time. The complete set is selected carefully, taking into account not only the properties of the materials used, but also the combination, the appearance of the finished rack.|
|Installation method.||Before buying, you need to consider in which part of the room the bar counter will look better without losing functionality: near the window, in the center of the room, in the corner.|
|Construction filling.||You need to decide whether the presence of drawers is important. On the one hand, this rack model has an advantage — it increases the usable space for storing dishes and accessories, on the other hand, with this design method, the bar counter loses the sophistication of the lines and looks more like a simple kitchen table or a large cabinet.|
|Color spectrum.||The rack looks better if the shade of the materials is in harmony with the color scheme of the interior and with other furniture.|
Variety of design solutions
It should be based on the parameters of the room. For installation in large kitchens, you can consider any options. In this case, the most popular solution is the bar counter in the form of an island, mounted separately from the kitchen unit. If the room is small, it is necessary to consider other designs: transformers, folding, rotary, corner, for installation along walls or windows. Options such as a rack-table and a design with many drawers are also popular. These types of bar counters save space.
In the form of an island
The ideal solution in the presence of free space would be a kitchen set and a free-standing bar counter (island type). This design allows you to solve several problems at the same time: it increases the area of the working surface, it is used as a dining table and bar counter. The product is often installed in the middle of the room. If a studio apartment is being equipped, a partition is placed at the central point of the zone reserved for the kitchen.
Such designs are diverse, but in most cases a stand is installed in the form of a cabinet, in which drawers are laid, communications are built in, which makes it possible to mount even a sink. If a dining table is selected for a spacious kitchen, the bar counter will be the best solution. However, for this purpose, it is recommended to purchase a design without additional elements. To operate this piece of furniture as a dining table, the simplest model is enough.
Folding structures transformers
In the unfolded state, such products are a full-fledged rack. If you fold it, some area will be freed up, which is essential for small apartments. Folding structures can be attached to any wall. They consist of a work surface (table top) and an abutment (pipe)/brackets.
The interior of the kitchen with a folding bar counter looks rustic. However, if there is not enough free space, you can sacrifice sophistication by choosing a functional, but less attractive product. The dimensions of the rack-transformers vary. However, smaller models are more in demand than others. This is a justified choice, given that a folding bar counter is more often mounted in small kitchens.
Transformable structures are offered in two versions:
Products of the first group are fully folded. Sliding racks do not change in shape and configuration. They are a structure that, if necessary, is pulled out from under the countertop. A sliding transforming bar counter for a small-sized kitchen is also more suitable than solid, stationary counterparts. When choosing such a model, you should provide free space next to the countertop, near which the structure will be installed.
in corner kitchens
If the headset is installed in the corner of the room, you can place a bar on one side of it. Thanks to the partition, the illusion of a separate kitchen is created. If you look from the side, this room is perceived as such. The corner bar counter for the kitchen is installed in several ways:
- in the form of a separate partition that acts as an additional countertop;
- as a continuation of the headset.
The latter option is preferable. In this case, the design looks more organic. It is important to use the same material for the countertops, then it will be possible to create the appearance of a single product. If the rack is installed separately, the seam may be visible. It is covered with an aluminum lining. It is not necessary to make a corner, you can place a semicircular design in the kitchen. At the same time, there is a slight saving in space. Corner kitchens with a breakfast bar are often equipped along with the installation of an island-type product.
Folding and turning
Both options are inferior in appearance to solid, stationary products. Folding bar counters allow you to temporarily increase the cooking area, after which the structure is assembled. The tabletop can be lifted, in some models it falls. Brackets and self-tapping screws are used to fasten the reclining work surface. If a mobile mobile structure is considered, it can be installed in any convenient place, however, the height of this product should be slightly lower than the countertop under which it is planned to hide it.
The rotary bar counter is a design with a pipe. It not only slides out from under the hiding work surface, but can also be positioned at any angle: perpendicular or along the countertop.
Such models are combined. They are called retractable. You can use the rack attachment type. It becomes part of the island or table, because it increases the area of the working surface. There is no attachment to the wall or furniture. The structure is independent. You can even make a bar counter of this type with your own hands.
Along the walls
This is more of a functional solution than a design move. The need to position the product along the wall is often due to the minimum free area. In addition, such structures can be transformed, which further saves space. They also place a rack against the wall in order to replace a full-fledged dining table with such a product, which also comes from the need to free up some space in the kitchen.
The wall bar counter bears little resemblance to an attractive stationary structure installed in the center of the room (island type). If you mount such a product near the wall, you will need an additional source of lighting, because you will have to sit with your back to the ceiling lamp and the window. Users who prefer this model are right in one thing — a wall-type bar counter takes up little space, especially if its height allows you to hide chairs under the tabletop.
By the window
The rack is placed parallel or perpendicular to the window block, the choice of its position is determined by the configuration of the kitchen and the presence / absence of free space near the opening. It is more convenient to install this design along the windowsill. This saves space. This option is suitable for small spaces, for example, when it is not possible to install a dining table.
If the area of the room is significant, you can place the rack near the window perpendicular to the opening. This method is also suitable for cases where it is necessary to distinguish between a studio apartment, separating the kitchen from the living room. It is advisable to use this method if the window is located near the kitchen set.
With shelves and drawers
This option is a structure closed on one or two sides. Its advantage is the ability to use additional shelves and drawers. It is advisable to install a product of this kind in the kitchen, where food is often prepared, and for this purpose a large number of dishes, utensils, containers for bulk and dry products were purchased. At the same time, it becomes possible to feel more free in the working area, since a little space will be freed up on other shelves and surfaces.
It is recommended to install a design option that is open on one side. In this case, it is much more convenient to sit: there is a space under the tabletop where you can position your legs.
On the sides and on the back wall of a free-standing structure there will be drawers / shelves. Users who prefer fully open racks will have to opt out of this option, as it does not provide for the possibility of installing additional structural elements.
This is a combined version, it is a two-level design. The dining table and bar counter are combined. The lower level is used during meals. Part of the structure with a working surface located above is operated as a rack. This option helps free up space. It is safe for children, because there is no need to seat the kids on high chairs.
The kitchen table under the bar has a small area. For this reason, several chairs cannot be placed near the bottom tabletop; no more than 2 pieces can fit here. Accordingly, the rack-table is recommended to be installed in small-sized kitchens.
Materials for the manufacture of racks
The most common types:
- a rock.
Products of each group have their pros and cons, so it is recommended to evaluate the operating conditions at the stage of design selection. To simplify the task, options for bar counters are considered, taking into account their compliance with the main requirements:
|moisture resistance||The kitchen has to deal with water every day. This means that it is better not to use non-hygroscopic materials (subject to moisture) for operation in this room, or it is necessary to protect the product with waterproofing.|
|Wear resistance.||The structure is regularly exposed to various loads. If you use fragile materials, the product will soon become unusable.|
|Attractiveness.||It is better to spend time looking for a suitable option that fits perfectly into the interior. If the emphasis is on flowers, perhaps the bar counter will look better in the same shade as the kitchen set. Moreover, the working surfaces must be identical.|
The following species are most often used: pine, needles, birch, oak. The latter option is more preferable, since it is characterized by increased resistance to moisture, however, products made from this material are more expensive than analogues. Wooden bar counter is made of solid wood. In order to ensure moisture resistance, the surface is varnished or oiled. Advantages:
- versatility — a wooden structure will fit into the interiors of most styles;
- long period of operation subject to careful care;
- environmental friendliness.
The material has more disadvantages:
- complex care: it is not recommended to use special cleaning products, a damp cloth is enough for cleaning;
- over time, the product is deformed;
- exposure to moisture;
- high risk of deterioration in appearance, which is facilitated by spilled liquids that stain the surface (coffee, tea, wine);
- with poor-quality processing, you can drive a splinter under the skin.
Such material is often used in construction, including its use in the arrangement of various structures. A drywall bar counter has its advantages:
- ease of installation;
- relatively low price;
- the ability to create a structure of any configuration: with bends, turns, etc.;
- the finishing of gypsum boards (gypsum boards) can be different.
The disadvantages of this material include low strength. For this reason, drywall is often attached to a metal frame. In addition, the plates are exposed to water.
Equipping the rack in the kitchen, it is recommended to select a material that has moisture protection.
Granite, marble, artificial stone, brick are used. In most cases, the first two options are used in the manufacture of countertops. A bar counter for a kitchen made of artificial stone is a universal solution, as it can be used in interiors of different styles. Externally, the product of this type resembles a natural material. Advantages:
- moisture resistance.
Most designs are characterized by versatility, the only exception is a brick bar counter. It will fit into the interiors of some styles. Artificial stone is more often used, similar products can be created from natural stone, but the cost will be higher. For this reason, granite and marble are used less frequently.
The use of designs with a transparent tabletop is an unusual solution. Glass bar counters have their advantages:
- moisture resistance;
- designs seem lighter, almost weightless;
- long service life if used correctly.
There are also many disadvantages of such products:
- over time, attractiveness is lost due to the formation of limescale in places of active use;
- a glass bar for the kitchen will cost more than analogues;
- difficult care, because you need to regularly remove traces of dishes, drops of water.
To make the original design, various materials are used. It is permissible to combine them at your discretion, creating products of irregular shape, with an unusual finish. A bar table in the kitchen can have a simple design, but at the same time look original. For example, an open-type rectangular product is created, and the tabletop goes into supports. Other non-standard solutions:
- partition wall;
- a two-level stand of an unusual shape with a catchy design;
- aquarium design, with an aquarium inside.
In most cases, the right choice of accessories for the bar counter in the kitchen makes the partition unusual.
Bar counter lighting
If such a design was installed for the purpose of zoning the room, it is recommended to organize the main lighting above the work area. In the case when the island rack in the kitchen is mounted in the center, the lamps are installed directly above it. Additionally, it is necessary to organize the illumination of different parts of the room: the lower part of the cabinets, niches, etc.
If there is no desire to install a central lamp, you should choose the option with illumination of different zones: workspace, racks. This creates a warmer, more comfortable atmosphere. Lighting above the bar is a must if it is used as a dining table.
The method of erection of supporting structures is determined. If brick is used, you need to completely lay the first row, then it will be easier to create even walls. In the case when a metal frame is selected, it must be attached to the floor, if necessary, additional fastening to the wall is provided. Installing a folding bar counter does not require much experience. In this case, the tabletop is fixed to the wall with fasteners and brackets.
Sliding structures often do not connect to the headset. The most difficult thing is to create a rotary rack, because in this case you need to accurately determine the location of the two elements to be connected. The distance between the kitchen and the partition should be small. The scheme of the bar counter is drawn up in advance, while taking into account the dimensions of the future structure and location in the room.