BAR DESIGN – HOW TO DESIGN AND BUILD THE BEST BAR

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How do you design and build the best bar?

Learn the secrets to design and build the best bar, including commercial bar designrestaurant bar design, bar dimensions, bar design ideas, bar plans.


HOW TO DESIGN A BAR

Sample sketch depicting architectural section views
SAMPLE SKETCH OF SECTION VIEWS
Sections and elevations define every object in the plan

When designing the best bar, use the time-proven standardized methods of design professionals. Architects and engineers utilize a standardized approach to everything they design. At the core of every architectural design is a plan which is developed by the creation of building blocks known as elevation views, isometric views and section views (“sections”). These are the most fundamental objects, as they eventually identify the shape and size of every object. Without the section views we would be unable to create the elevations and plan views, because we would lack critical dimensions.

In bar design, architectural standards require the height of the finished bar to be between 42” – 45”, as shown in this sketch, which can be downloaded below. My personal preference is for a finished height of 42 ½”, which I personally use every day. Let’s review the sketch I’m showing here (which is downloadable below):

Architectural drawing of commercial bar section view with dimensions
STANDARD COMMERCIAL BAR SECTION WITH DIMENSIONS
This sketch can be used to build any bar
  • A standard bar base is composed of metal studs and track, shown as items 1 & 2, using either 4” or 6” framing members, 16” on-center; most residential contractors aren’t comfortable with metal studs, so if wood is used, all lumber should be fire-treated.
  • A continuous 3” x 3” x 16 ga metal framing angle and clip should be attached to the tops of all studs, on both sides, shown as items 7 & 8 and shown separately in this sketch.
  • ½” CDX plywood sheathing on each side, continuously, shown as item 3.
  • ½” Durock underlayment with FRP on the inside face, shown as item 4.
  • The exterior-side of this design is finished with cement board siding components, such as that offered by James Hardie Corp. (refer to items 15, 17, 18 and 21).
  • A plastic laminate inlaid panel, shown as items 19 and 20.
  • A pipe footrest, shown as item 22.
  • A stainless steel drink rail, shown as item 11.

DESIGN CRITERIA FOR DESIGNING AND BUILDING THE BEST BAR

When attempting to design and build the best bar, there are couple of items especially worth noting:

  • The height of the bar die (which includes everything except the plywood underlayment and bar top) should be 41”.
  • The inside edge of the finished bar top should overhang the inside face of the bar by 11”; this is good ergonomic design and will reduce bartender back strain.
  • Electrical convenience outlets with USB ports (shown as item 16), should be installed every four feet.
  • By virtue installing a continuous angle on both sides of the bar die, you will have superior bar top support, no matter the bar top material you select. 

THE ORDERLINESS OF THE BAR DESIGN PROCESS

Architectural drawing depicting how bars are planned to fit spaces
THE BEST PRACTICE IS TO DESIGN BARS FROM THE INSIDE-OUT

If you’re attempting to design and build the best bar, it’s paramount to know that bars are designed from the inside-out, which means that you need to draw a cross section view of the bar and back bar and check it against all interior dimensions before proceeding to order material and bar equipment.

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