Standard Bar Dimensions & Specifications
For Building Commerical and Home Bars
*Dimensions stated and shown are
guidelines and come from over 40 years of experience in actually building both
commercial and home bars, back bars, pub rails and related interior
When determining the length of a bar it is safe to figure about 2 feet
wide per person or bar stool for commercial applications and a little less for a
cozy home bar. This does not include bars with a bar rail radius corner as
small curved bar corners may not be large enough to seat a person comfortably.
When designing your bar remember to try to limit runs that require more than an
8 foot long piece of bar rail including miter cuts as this is the longest piece of
rail that can be shipped by standard shipping methods. Longer lengths can also
be shipped, however, at a greater cost by LTL freight.
At Hardwoods Inc. we offer a
third option: we ship 10
foot, 12 foot & 15 foot bar rail
lengths cut in half with a bisquet joint so that the rail can be installed on
your bar lining the grain back up again and causing the seam to disappear and
these bar rails can be shipped by UPS/FedEx.
The standard height from the floor to the top of a bar top (excluding the bar
rail) should be 42 inches. This allows for a standard 30 inch high bar stool to seat you
comfortably at your bar. The 12 inch difference between the seat height and bar top
is common in most applications including breakfast bars where the top is 36 inches
high using a 24 inch bar stool and table or desk height which is 30 inches using an 18 inch
chair height. The bar top overhang should be a minimum of 8-1/2 inches and could be
as much as 10 inches so your knees do not hit the bar front. For our extra tall
customers the 10 inch overhang maybe necessary. When making an extra-wide bar top
overhang, corbels or brackets should be considered under the bar top to lend
support and to keep the top level and straight.
The main bar top surface should be at least 16 inches wide and can be as wide as
20 inches or more depending on the space available but enough space should be provided
for a dinner plate, pan of pizza and some drinks.
Many of our clients who are looking for a more natural or rustic look opt
for a live edge hardwood slab bar
top without a bar rail. In this case however the same measurement guidelines
for overhang and width should also be applied.
The bar rails we recommend for both home bars and commercial bars is our BR475 bar rail molding
and BR550 Chicago bar rail.
Both styles of bar rail are very comfortable to sit at while enjoying your
favorite food and beverage, and are perfect stand up bar rails to just lean your
arm on in conversation.
When using any of our bar rail moldings consider adding a matching radius
corner which we have in stock for that finished custom look as well as keeping
the bar corners soft. We also offer our bar rail in custom wood species such as
quartersawn red and white oak, sapele, wenge, bubinga, curly maple and more.
We also offer the original Chicago bar rail, BR475-S
bar rail molding and matching BR475-S radius corners, which has a nice front apron that
will give your bar that nostalgic look.
For small home bars, drink rails along the wall, or for back bar trim we
offer our BR158 bar rail and matching
BR158 radius corners
which are perfect where space may be
On the bartenders' side of the bar we suggest a glass rail and drip edge
which is the 4 inch mixing tray for preparing drinks prior to serving. It is also
used when wiping down the bar to collect any liquids, debris or crumbs left on
the bar top.
Finally we reach the bar front. The front of your bar can have a great impact on the overall impression of your finished bar. We offer fluted bar front columns and matching fluted corners to add a polished finished look.
These fluted bar fronts ship unassembled; assembled they are 40.5 inches tall by 4 inces wide. Our fluted bar fronts are easy to assemble and install and are easily customizable to fit the size of home bars or commercial bars alike.
Buy Bar Rail, Parts & Trim Online or In Store
All of the products shown above, bar rails, glass rails, drip edges and more, can be
purchased online from our bar rails, parts & trim
page or hardwood slabs
page. You can also stop by our showroom and millwork facility in Historic Frederick,
Maryland. Over 40 years of experience in building bars, back bars, pub rails and
related interior construction coupled with our expertise in exotic and domestic
lumber makes Hardwoods Incorporated a go-to source for all things related to
building your new bar. Please call (301) 665-9505 with any question you may have,
or browse our other online resources. Don't forget to like us on Facebook to see
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