Mitered vs. Radius Corners: What’s the Difference?

When you begin to work on your custom home bar, there are a variety of decisions you must make.

How big will your bar be? What wood species will you use? Will it be a single length or make a turn?

Among those initial decisions is how you choose to finish your bar’s corners and ends. Some bar builders prefer to finish their bars with mitered corners, while others opt for a rounded radius corner.

Learn more about each type of corner finish, as well as some of the pros and cons to each choice:

Mitered Corners

Mitered corners are the sharp, precise corners you see on baseboards and trim work. 

They give your bar a crisp, professional appearance and work well in rooms that have clean lines and bar arrangements that are angular.

To create mitered corners for your bar, you will need to carefully measure, angle, and cut individual pieces of bar railing and trim to create the right look. When done correctly, mitered corners are beautiful examples of craftsmanship and make your bar look professionally made.

However, they can be difficult for newer carpenters to execute properly, leaving the potential for a less than perfect finished product.

Pros of Mitered Corners

  • Great finished presentation
  • No additional parts to buy
  • Looks very professional when done well
  • Great for bars that want an angled look

Cons of Mitered Corners

  • Can be difficult for new carpenters
  • Lots of careful measuring and cutting
  • Can look sloppy if not done well
  • Not always comfortable for guests

Radius Corners

Radius corners are extra rounded pieces that go on the corners of your bar.

These provide a nice, curved profile to your bar and makes the corners safer and more comfortable for guests.

They can be found in a variety of wood species and styles, so you’re sure to find something to match your bar. Radius corners are installed on your bar top, next to any bar rails or trim you might have.

Pros of Radius Corners

  • Easier to install
  • Less chance of error
  • More comfortable for guests
  • Lots of species and styles to match
  • Gives your bar top a beautiful curve
  • Great for beginners

Cons of Radius Corners

  • Extra pieces to purchase
  • Cuts off sharp corners

Bar Rails, Radius Corners, & More

At Hardwoods Incorporated, we want to help you get the bar you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re going for a small corner bar for everyday use or a big, showy setup to entertain your guests, we’ve got the materials and knowledge you need to build a great bar.

Not sure where to begin when building your own bar? Our Bar Building Resources page can help. Still have questions? Email us at, or call us at (301) 665-9505 or (240) 285-0565.

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Hi Paul,

It’s been a while since we spoke, I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with your product and service when I built my bar. I really appreciate your advice and response to my many questions. I am doing a new project and wanted to know if you could sell me the wood to build a table for my Boat…

Thanks again,

Derek W.


Dereks Bar

I really appreciate your advice and response to my many questions.


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…I would like to share a few words about my experience with Hardwoods Incorporated and in particular, Paul.  I’ve never built a bar before.  Very new to this.  Paul walked me every step of the way, took countless phone calls and gave me invaluable advice.

The best part of my experience was receiving the products I bought.  I custom ordered quarter sawn solid oak bar top kit and rail kit.  The quality of the product was impeccable. And talk about an easy process!! All of the bar boards were labeled with tape including numbered pieces and arrows to show me exactly where they went.

Lastly, the curved radius corners are end grain and will come darker.  It’s a natural consequence of end grain.  To help it match, I sanded it a little more, taped it off after installation, and applied a wood conditioner.   This conditioner helped it soak up less stain.  I then stained the straight rails with a few extra coats.  The finished product was fabulous.

Pictures coming soon!!!!

Grateful customer,

Brad Kent

Tarpon Springs, FL


The quality of the product was impeccable.