Kitchen space plays a big role in people's lives. In the warmth and comfort of the kitchen, the family spends time during the morning breakfasts, family dinners or weekend lunches. The versatility of this special place makes it important to design the kitchen interior. How to combine all possible options for the care of cooking, sharing meals, quick snacks and long get-togethers? One of the answers to this question is the design of the kitchen with a bar.
Creating a kitchen interior involves solving practical problems of organizing space and aesthetic function. Therefore, in the interiors of modern kitchens the use of the bar has become a very common phenomenon. The bar counter allows you to conveniently organize the space and brings a stylish elegant flavor to the atmosphere of the home.
In Britain, for several centuries bars have been called furniture for storing alcohol. In the same sense, the word "bar" is used today. In the drinking establishments, the subjects of the British crown drank and had a snack right on the boxes, which served as a part-time storage room for the cherished bottles of drinking.
But, according to the basic version, it is believed that the emergence of a bar counter contributed to catering establishments in the United States in the 18th century. In the salons of the cowboy West bar counter divided the service area of hot Irish guys and staff area. With frequent conflicts with the use of force "arguments", the bar counter served as an effective protective barrier for the bartender and fragile glassware.
Those times have long been turned into a legend, which the cinema carefully fosters in the genre of "Western". But the principles of convenience and functionality of the use of the bar counter in saloons are still commonly used in public institutions. Nowadays, this design has become a frequent interior detail in residential buildings.
Zoning the kitchen space as a functional necessity
Zoning of the premises is done in order to divide it into several necessary residential functional areas. For this, individual areas are distinguished by using different materials, contrasting colors, furniture and lighting. Thus, the total open space of the studio can successfully combine the living room with the kitchen.
The bar counter separates the place of cooking and storage of kitchen utensils from the equipped place where you can sit at the dinner table, quietly take food and chat with family and friends. Note that this approach allows you to maintain the necessary hygiene for the kitchen space.
In the process of kitchen zoning, it is important to use different types of flooring in functionally divided zones. On the side where cooking takes place, the floor is often contaminated. Here it is more appropriate to use floor tiles for floor decoration. The side where they take food will be more comfortable to look with the laid laminate or parquet.
Tip! When zoning the kitchen with a bar counter, use the lighting possibilities. Highlight and highlight areas, consistent with the need for brighter or diffused light. Install halogen spotlights or a chandelier with a directional light source over the top.
A luxury item or a necessary item?
As an element of the kitchen interior bar counter appeared recently. Once such a kitchen design embodied a sign of wealth, financial well-being, luxury. Very little time has passed. Now in many kitchens the bar counter is used as a stylish and functional type of furniture. Due to the variety of forms, materials, accumulated base of standard and individual design solutions, the kitchen interior option with a bar counter became an affordable solution for every taste and budget.
Its use helps to solve a number of practical problems in the organization of space. Particularly important solution of this issue is in a small area. For example, designers achieve amazing results by combining a small kitchen area with another room. In this case, the use of the bar counter is capable of stylishly and functionally combining areas of different configurations. This makes use of the kitchen a must.
The question of optimal height suggests two possible solutions.
The bar counter is installed on the level of the countertop kitchen set. This method allows you to significantly add the working surface for cooking and eating.
To calculate the height in this case it is necessary to take into account the height of the facades, the thickness of the tabletop, base, base. Considering that the standard of manufacturers of standard kitchen furniture assumes an average height of worktops of 88-91 cm, it is worth orienting about this height when selecting the optimal height of the bar counter in the kitchen interior.
Tip! This design is very convenient as a dining table. Use the convenient width of the bar as a dining area in a small-sized kitchen for a small family. This will make the kitchen space more ergonomic.
The bar counter, installed separately from the kitchen set, has an independent function. In this case, it becomes part of the design solution and is selected individually according to the height and needs of kitchen users.
Determining the optimum width is also an important issue when installing a structure. Standards require a worktop width of at least 30 cm, so that traditional glasses of this type of furniture with drinks can be placed on its surface. Increasing the functionality of the bar counter requires an increase in the width of its table top. In order to fully use the bar counter as a work surface for a cooking or dining table, the width of the table top in this case must be at least 50 cm or more.
On the other hand, the wider the table top of the bar, the more space it takes. On the square of a small-sized kitchen, this may result in the fact that this stylish and multifunctional type of furniture will clutter up the entire kitchen, thereby reducing all the advantages of its use to zero. In order to prevent a similar result, it is necessary to approach each project individually, to combine convenience and respectable appearance.
In classic style
Classic undeniable in all its manifestations. A bet on the classical style a priori is proof of excellent taste and practical approach.
The classic bar counter is similar to its "grandparents" who "served" in saloons, bars, restaurants. According to the established tradition, the height of the classic bar counter is 110-120 cm. High bar stools or stools are required, sometimes bar half-chairs with high legs. The use of the classic style requires to take care of the relevant details and stylish little things. Stylized antique wooden shelves for alcohol, shiny roof rails, glass pendants will complement the atmosphere of the old bar.
Classic bar counter is made from solid natural materials. Especially in such projects invaluable natural wood. Also applicable materials that mimic the surface "antique".
Two-level bar counter in its design has a top and bottom panels. The top panel is supposed to be used as a dining table and drinking beverages. The bottom panel is used for cooking, snacks, mixing cocktails. Like the classic version, comfortable furniture for sitting on a two-level stand uses furniture for sitting on long legs (bar stools, stools, armchairs).
It is very convenient to use a similar design for a large family with small children. In this case, it becomes especially convenient to prepare and feed a noisy children's company, practically without moving from one place. Moms who know what it is like to feed their restless children at the same time and clean up after them will certainly appreciate this convenience.
However, we must bear in mind that two panels of the same bar stand occupy a double width. With minimum dimensions, the width of such a structure will be no more than 60 cm. For small kitchens, this solution may be too cumbersome.
Glass bar counter is able to successfully fit into the interior of the kitchen. Glass as a worktop is a very good material in terms of maintaining hygiene due to its density and smoothness.
For the manufacture of a glass bar counter, ordinary flat glass with a thickness of 10 mm or more is quite suitable. The thicker the glass, the stronger the product.
Also for the manufacture of countertops used laminated glass - triplex. This is a durable material with a thickness of up to 30 mm. Existing technologies allow laying decorative coatings with drawings, ornaments, texture between its layers. It gives wide decorative possibilities for using this material.
Thick glass countertops bar racks look stylish, but a lot of this material requires a solid base, properly distributing its weight. To avoid damage and cracks, when installing bar racks with a glass surface, it is better to contact specialists who can assemble such structures.
If the kitchen area is very limited, then it is extremely difficult to arrange a full bar counter in such conditions. No problem! The mini-version will perfectly fit into the design of such a kitchen.
It is enough to place a narrow long rack along the wall in order to comfortably drink morning espresso or to arrange cozy evening gatherings with watching your favorite series.
In order to save space, folding mini-rack can be attached to the wall, spreading it as needed. Other solutions that optimize the use of space in the kitchen, is a retractable bar counter. When you need to increase the working surface, it simply extends from the corps headset. When this need is not present, it moves in, freeing up space.
The height of a small stand varies as needed from 80-90 cm to the classic height of 110-120 cm. Under its surface, kitchen chairs and stools can be compactly placed in storage so as not to clutter a small room.
Combined with windowsill
Another way to increase the working surfaces of the kitchen is the combination of a window sill and a bar counter. The bonus of this solution is the opportunity to cook and spend time by the window. Thus, the use of natural daylight, it is possible to admire the view from the window during cooking and gatherings.
For detailed alignment, it is sometimes necessary to increase or lower the base of the sill. To avoid such concerns, it is ideal to plan this design at the design and repair of the kitchen. The squares of the bar and window sill are covered with one tabletop. The width of the window sill allows you to plan dining places for 2-3 people.
The disadvantages of this solution include an increased risk of contamination of slopes and window glass. Possible deterioration of heat transfer, if the heating batteries are located under the window, but this problem is solved. To do this, one or two holes are cut out in the tabletop, which can be covered with ventilation grids.
Kitchen interior with a bar - "island"
Kitchen "island" is an excellent example of kitchen ergonomics. The incredible ease of use of this design is provided by the integration of storage systems for kitchen utensils and products with extensive work areas. However, it should be noted that the placement of a small, but fully functional "island" in the middle of the kitchen requires a minimum size of 12 square meters. and more.
Bar counter - the "island" is more compact. This gives more options for mobile to enter it in a small kitchen. Therefore, in small kitchens often used design with a chrome pipe and a small surface of the countertop.
If the kitchen area allows you to mount a full-fledged two-tier "island" design, then this opens up the possibility to move the sink and the hob to the bottom panel.
Modern materials allow you to make the base and tabletops of any shape: round, square, wave-like bar counters, consisting of one or several levels.
Corner kitchen with breakfast bar
Using a corner kitchen set allows you to use the kitchen area to the maximum. Arrangement of kitchen furniture along the walls frees up the space of the main area of the room. Such a design more than eliminates the shortage of working space. However, if the kitchen area is small, the bar counter can perfectly play the role of a dining table and serve as an element of style in the overall ensemble of kitchen furniture.
When combining the stand with the corner set, located along the two walls of the kitchen, its parallel arrangement of the main furniture line is recommended, to imitate the layout with the letter “P”. This technique optically enlarges the kitchen space, arranges the space, leaving the center of the room uncluttered.
Making a stand in a single style with a kitchen unit will make it a single set of kitchen furniture. Above, the article presents the optimal dimensions in the case of using the bar counter as an extension of the kitchen set.
|Types of bar racks||Height cm||Width, cm||Application|
|Classic||110-120||30-50||Snack, fast food, drinks|
With kitchen unit
|≈90||from 50||Cooking, using as a dinner table, snacks, other household chores (for example, working with a laptop)|
|Two-level||≈90 - 120||from 60||Drinks and snacks (upper tier).|
Use as a separate table (lower tier).
Especially recommended for large families with small children.
|Mini rack||from ≈90 to 120||≈30||Used in small kitchens.|
Snacks, drinks, partly cooking area.
Dining table for 1-2 people.
Possibility of folding or sliding option.
|Bar counter, combined with window sill||≈90||Window sill width + 30 cm||Used in small kitchens.|
Snacks, drinks, partly cooking area.
Dining table for 1-2 people
|Bar counter - "island"||from ≈90 to 120||Depending on the form||Used in small kitchens in the minimum version, recommended for installation in kitchens from 12 sq.m.|
Cooking, dining table, snacks, drinks.
Materials for production
At production of a bar counter it is possible to use variety of the materials presented at the modern market of construction materials. The combination of fantasy, ingenuity and financial capabilities will allow you to create original, unique designs. The main principle of selection of materials for the manufacture of the bar should be the feasibility of using a particular material in the context of a general style decision. For example, a stand made of wood, perfectly fit into the interior in the style of "loft", "country" or "Provence", and will look ridiculous in a glass-metal "hi-tech".
The list of materials from which modern tabletops are made:
- natural wood;
- a natural stone;
- fake diamond;
- Chipboard (laminated), MDF;
In the manufacture of the base of the bar are used:
- chrome pipe - a classic, often used base;
- MDF, chipboard;
- natural wood;
- the lower part of the wall, specially left when redeveloping the premises.
Do it yourself
The process of creating this type of furniture with your own hands is simple and fascinating. Just a little desire, skills and imagination, and your kitchen will be transformed magically. An approximate algorithm for the manufacture of options using chrome pipe:
- Choose a tabletop material. Cut the shape of the tabletop with an electric fretsaw. Clean the edges of the edges and glue with special tape.
- Drill a hole in the worktop according to the project with a round nozzle on the drill for the diameter of a chrome-plated pipe.
- Pass the chrome pipe through the table top, fix it with fasteners.
- Install the joint between the pipe and the tabletop with flanges. Secure countertop bracket.
Tip! When creating a bar counter with your own hands, use a wear-resistant material for the countertop, which is not afraid of moisture and elevated temperatures. In stores you can buy ready-made countertop. Do not forget about the seasonal sales, this will significantly reduce the cost of purchasing components, getting a stylish result for your design project.
And finally ...
After the story about the bar counters and their use in the kitchen interior, finally, a couple of tips that can be useful when installing a bar counter in the kitchen.
Measure seven times - cut one
It is necessary to carefully provide a place to install the bar. Before ordering from the manufacturer or by an independent manufacturer, it is necessary to carefully space out the space, allowing for freedom of movement for cooking and the comfortable location of all family members at the dinner table.
Without effort you can not pull the fish out of the pond
Having decided to make a bar counter yourself, tune in to a thorough study of the project, take time to find the right accessories, accessories, worktops, materials and other necessary for the manufacture of things. With proper selection of quality supplies, which together look like a good style solution, the bar in the kitchen will be the pride of the home.