How does ergonomic bar design create maximum bar profitability? Ergonomic efficient bar design in bar equipment plans increases bartender efficiency and maximizes bar profits.
ERGONOMIC BAR DESIGN FOR MAXIMUM BAR PROFITABILITY
As I’ve written previously, bars are factories that make drinks. Manufacturing companies invest heavily in making their factories efficient and this includes implementing the principles of ergonomic design (as seen in the Photo at right). Ergonomics is the study of workers and their environment. As a result, when you incorporate ergonomic guidelines to maximize worker efficiency, you give yourself a chance to succeed in maximizing profitability. Therefore, with ergonomic design standards implemented into your bar layout, your bartenders will have far less strain and fatigue, leading you to maximum bar profits. For your reference, I’ve put together a downloadable sketch for you to see the ideal bar clearances for ergonomic design.
WHAT ARE THE ergonomic design standards?
The following is a summary of the ergonomic dimensions for efficient bar design (metric in parentheses):
- Bar height should be 42” – 45” (1067mm – 1143mm).
- The bar top should be 30” – 36” (762mm – 914mm).
- The inside edge of the bar top should overhang the bar die by 11” (279mm).
- The width of the aisle should be 31” – 37” (787mm – 940mm).
- The height of the highest reachable shelf of the backbar should be 69” – 72” (1753mm – 1829mm).
- Other stocking shelves can be higher, but these are not functional for bartending – only for stocking.
- Maintain 18” (457mm) from the shelf below.
- 2-shelf backbar liquor displays should be 9” – 10”W (229mm – 254mm) and each step should be 4” – 5”H (102mm – 127mm).
- Allow for 18″ – 24″ (457mm – 610mm) for patrons sitting at the bar (referenced from the outside edge of the bar top).
- Aisle space directly behind the bar patrons should be 30″ (462mm).
- Drink rails should be 10″ – 12″ deep (254mm – 305mm) and should be set at the same height as the bar top.
- Allow for 18″ (457mm) standing room in front of a drink rail and 24″ (610mm) if bar stools are used.
- The overall distance between the edge of the bar and the adjacent wall should be 76″ – 90″ (1930mm – 2286mm).
SOME INSIGHT ABOUT BAR AISLE WIDTHS
In terms of aisle sizes, I’ve seen just about everything. Bars designed for small rooms present different challenges, and I’ll be the first guy to tell you not to pass-up an opportunity. Here’s what you really need to know:
- The reality is that sometimes you have to work with what you’ve inherited.
- Architectural standards call for 30″ – 36″.
- For the best operating bar, try to maintain a 34″ – 36” aisle, especially for bars that utilize bar backs.
- In the real world, 32″ bartender aisles are very common.
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