How to Buy Bar Furniture

A bar is a designated area for serving beverages, usually of the alcoholic sort. Bar furniture comes in a variety of sizes and styles, and may serve a variety of functions, depending on your bar needs. Basic bar set-up includes a bar top, or serving space, and bar stools; However, bars may be customized in a number of ways that make each bar arrangement specific to its intended use. Follow these guidelines for how to buy bar furniture.


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    Determine your needs. Consider the following when deciding what type of furniture you should buy for your bar:
    • Consider the space available to you. You will want to choose a bar that fits well into its intended space, and that will serve the number of bar guests you plan on entertaining. The size of the bar will also determine the number of bar stools you will need. Allow 21 inches (53 cm) to 24 inches (61 cm) of counter space for each stool.
    • Assess the available storage and display space of the furniture. Your bar furniture may accommodate glasses, liquor bottles, beer taps, bottled beer, sodas and juices, a wine collection, kegs, a refrigerator and/or an ice chest.
    • Determine what bar accessories you will want. If you want to stock your bar with accessories that are necessary to serving beverages, your bar furniture should have designated spaces for those accessories. Bar accessories include things like shakers, blenders, bar spoons, mixers, cutting boards, knives, stirrers and garnishes.
    • Decide on a style. Bar furniture comes in a wide array of styles, and you will want to buy furniture that suits your personal tastes, as well as the aesthetic of the area it will be in.
    • Choose a style of bar stool that suits the space's d�cor, and that complements the bar top. Additionally, your stools need to be the right height. Low-profile bar stools are generally about 18 inches (45.72 cm) tall, while standard bar stools measure 26 inches (66 cm) to 31 inches (78.7 cm) off the ground. A good rule of thumb is to choose bar stools that are 9 inches (23 cm) to 12 inches (30.5 cm) lower than your bar top.
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    Assess your bar area. The type of space you plan on setting up your bar furniture in will determine the type of furniture you need to buy. Consider the following:
    • If you have an entire room or space to designate as the bar area, then you can plan on filling the space with your furniture of choice. Therefore, the larger the area, the larger the bar furniture you can buy. However, if you must fit your bar into a multi-use area, such as a living room or game room, you will need to consider how much of your space you can devote to your furniture, and scale it accordingly.
    • The shape of your bar layout will determine the type of furniture you need to purchase. For example, you may want a simple counter-style bar, in which case you might only need long, rectangular bar top. Conversely, you may choose a bar that can be accessed from more than 1 side, in which case you may opt for furniture that is half-circle shaped, or for an arrangement of 2 or more rectangles at right angles to each other.
    • Both the person tending bar and the people sitting at the bar need to be able to come and go freely. As well, anyone passing through the bar area should be able to circumnavigate the bar furniture without getting trapped or disrupting the arrangement of the people sitting at the bar.
    • In addition to meshing with the aesthetic feel of its surrounding interior or exterior design, your bar furniture should be made of materials that are compatible with the environment. For example, wooden furniture may get damaged if it is placed in an outside area, and cloth bar stool cushions may grow mildew.
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    Shop around. Once you determine the type, size and style of your bar furniture, compare offerings and prices between a variety of furniture sources. Check store-front retailers, online retailers and discount stores, furniture manufacturers and wholesalers, yard sales, newspaper classifieds, online auction sites and online classifieds sites.

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