A bar space in the kitchen can work well for cooking and social gathering. Multiple cooks can use a bar area while family members or friends are seated for conversation. The amount of space you have to work with will determine a lot about your design, but look at options for various shapes, workable traffic patterns around the bar and interesting materials to incorporate.
Experiment With Shapes
Begin the design shape based on accurate dimensions. Draw a plan using graph paper to see what works best. For example, if your kitchen is square in shape, use a round or square bar in the middle of the room. Other choices include a peninsula-shaped bar hooked to one wall with seating on one side or an L-shaped bar with seating on two sides. With an L-shape, you can cook standing inside the L-shape with family or guests seated to face you.
Look at Storage Options
Figure out if the bar will hold storage. You can install cabinets or drawers in the bar, or you can build sliding doors with shelving under the bar space. Another option is to construct open shelving under the bar that will hold large baskets for storing items. You can add a pot rack over the bar space if the ceiling is high enough.
Add Wiring and Plumbing
A cooktop and sink can be part of the bar. Electricity and plumbing can be routed via a basement area underneath or down through a column attached to attic space. Examine various ways to bring in water pipes, a drain line and electrical outlets for small appliances or an electric skillet.
Incorporate Visual Interest
Give the bar design visual appeal. Use white beadboard paneling with a black countertop, for example. Use red, white and black hardware to brighten up the space. You can install porcelain ceramic tiles on three sides of the bar, leaving one side for closable doors to hide storage underneath the bar. You can create multiple levels of counter space, too. Build a two-level bar with one counter that is 12 inches lower for eating, and add bar stools that fit the dining counter height.
Install Good Counter Material
Create a bar design with high-quality countertop material. You can install butcher block material in one section and granite tiles in another. The bar will be highly visible in the center of the room, so the countertop material will set the stage for the room’s décor. By investing in costlier materials for a highly-visible bar, you will add an upscale look to the entire kitchen.
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