A custom wood bar is great if you love to make an impression on others when you entertain. It also adds value to your home. You can choose from rustic reclaimed wood for an old-fashioned pub ambiance, gleaming mixed woods that make your bar top look like it came out of an upscale club or natural woods for a casual feel.
Bar Top Sizes
A solid wood bar can be the size of a kitchen island so you can neatly integrate it into your den or entertainment room, or it can be as big as a commercial bar for your dedicated home bar. The standard height for a bar is 42 inches and a typical bar stool is 30 inches tall. Bar tops are usually no wider than 20 inches. You should consider having a 20 inch wood bar top if you want a top bar rail. A drip edge and glass rail will cut into your bar top’s width.
Think about how many people you’ll typically entertain and plan to allow about 24 inches of length per guest for your solid wood bar. People want to be able to turn and talk to the other guests comfortably. Plenty of space is especially important if you plan to have bar stools with backs.
Bar Shapes and Woods
A bar with angled corners looks elegant in any size room. A simple L-shaped bar is perfect if you have small get-togethers. Rounded bars with a good-sized bar rail will make your guests even more comfortable. Please see the walnut, wenge and African mahogany bar in our Solid Wood Bar Tops photo gallery for an example of a luxury bar rail.
Mixing light and dark woods is an excellent way to keep your home bar area from appearing too dark. Walnut and mahogany are two of our most popular woods for bars. You can use one wood in the bar wall and another for the bar top to add visual interest. Another way to make your bar attractive is to use contrasting woods for the bar and bar stools.
Any size bar can benefit from a rail along the bottom so that your guests have a place to rest their feet. Columns are another extra that make larger bars look spectacular.
Finishing Your Solid Wood Bar
No matter what size bar you want, what type of wood you choose or whether you have your wood stained or left natural, we’ll finish your bar with the right finish. The right finish is waterproof and will protect your solid wood bar from the worst spills. It specifically protects your solid wood bar from red wine spills.
A solid wood bar is a must in any upscale home. If you’re finally ready to build that bar you’ve been dreaming of, call OE Custom at 410-844-4684 and set up a consultation to get started.