Many years ago, imaginative and adventurous homeowners cut small spaces out between their kitchens and other rooms and called them pass-through bars. In today's open kitchen designs, that small space would hardly make do. Many homeowners now remove entire walls between the kitchen and other rooms to make the pass-through an open space across a large kitchen island.
Small Wall Pass-Through to the Dining or Living Area
If you have no other options, you can still cut a small hole in the wall between the dining room or living area and your kitchen to make a pass-through bar. Cut the opening as wide as possible without causing a problem with structural integrity. Then frame out the opening and add a small counter extension that flows into the other room. Place bar stools at the opening, if size permits, to complete your project.
Open Window Pass-Through to a Patio or Sunroom
One easy pass-through bar project is to take advantage of an already existing window or door that goes from the kitchen to an outside porch, patio or sunroom. With the opening structure already in place, all that is needed is to finish out the opening and add the pass-through counter.
The best part of these pass-through bars is that you won't have to go outside to send food or drinks out to your guests.
Large Custom-Built Pass-Through Walls
When the structure permits, or if you are working with a new construction design, create an entire large custom wall for your pass-through bar. You can build cabinetry into the custom pass-through. A terrific feature for the full wall is to keep overhead cabinets in the wall; however, make them pass-through as well with glass doors you can see through. This gives the illusion of space and still provides valuable overhead cabinet storage.
Totally Open Pass-Through Spaces Across a Large Kitchen Island
A large kitchen island that is totally open to the dining, living or family room is the ultimate pass-through bar space. Create an island that accommodates a row of bar stools and allows your guests to sit comfortably and visit with you while you prepare your meals without visual obstruction.
This design can let you recruit friends and family to help with meal preparation, and allows you to watch the kids while you prepare your daily meals.
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