Choosing the Perfect Bar Counters According to Your Needs

by admin on April 26, 2013

Having a basement bar is a great way to entertain guests at home. It’s also a great way to unwind at the end of a working day – having one means you don’t have to drive to the nearest bar or spend more money buying expensive drinks. For many people, their basement bar doubles as the family room, the entertainment center or the game room.

One of the most important elements of a basement bar is the bar counter. It’s often the center of attraction, which is why a lot of people are concerned that they may be making the wrong decision when choosing the bar counter.

We want to help you out. So, here are the considerations one has to make when choosing a bar counter.

Bar counters

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How Many People Are You Going to Accommodate?

This is not easy to estimate. You might have your friends over sometimes, or maybe your spouse’s friends also love coming over. How about family gatherings? Should you have a seat for each of the family member? The trick with this is to count how many people you often have. For instance, if you and your close group of friends love having a drink during weekends, then having a seat for each of you sounds sensible.

I would also suggest having extra seats just in case. A couch, in addition to the bar stools, would put you in the safe zone just in case you suddenly have more guests than expected.

Countertop Surface

There are too many surfaces to choose from when it comes to bar counters, and you’re not the only one confused on which surface is the best. Well, the most popular choice is wood. Many people actually uses the same material used for floors such as hardwood. This is because hardwood is known for being very durable and timeless. The only issue you might have with hardwood is that it’s not okay getting wet often, but this can be solved by pouring thick lacquer over it.

Another popular countertop material is stainless-steel. The big advantage of using this material is that it’s very durable. It doesn’t get scratched easily and is very easy to clean. Stainless-steel is much better suited for basement bars with a modern theme while wooden countertops are better suited for one with a classy theme.

Should I Have it Installed?

A lot of people are confused on whether they should have the bar installed or just buy a movable bar unit. Well, this really depends on you.

If you’re the type of person who likes moving things around (ex: you easily get bored of how a room looks like) then I suggest you buy a movable bar unit. This way, you can just move it around whenever you want to. This is actually a more economic choice compared to installing a bar.

If you’re the type of person who’d rather stick with an arrangement, there should be no problem with installing bar counters. Some people prefer them because they tend to make the basement bar more personalized, and it also gives the house more value should you choose to sell it in the future.

How High Should the Bar Counter Be?

The suggested height is 42 inches. Manufacturers have set this height as standard because it’s more comfortable for the average person to lean against a bar this high. It’s also the perfect height for servicing both a standing and a sitting person.

In some cases though, people have their bar’s height customized according to their own height. This way, it’s easier for them to mix or hand drinks over to their guests.

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