BAR LAYOUT DIMENSIONS FOR DIY BAR DESIGN

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What are the standard bar layout dimensions?

WHAT ARE THE STANDARD BAR LAYOUT DIMENSONS?

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IMAGE OF FRUSTRATED DIY BAR DESIGNER
Bar design can be frustrating

Attempting to layout the equipment for a commercial bar can be a bit intimidating. Every piece of underbar stainless equipment is available in numerous widths and two standard depths, as shown here. What are the standard dimensions a do-it-yourself bar designer should use?

Before we begin, let’s review a simple sketch. Our sketch “Universal Bar Layout Dimensions with ADA”, as shown here (and downloadable below), provides the basic design criteria for any bar layout (metric dimensions in parentheses). The standard dimensions you’ll need to get started are as follows:

CRITICAL BAR LAYOUT DIMENSIONS

Architectural drawing of universal bar layout dimensions with ADA
UNIVERSAL BAR DIMENSIONS WITH ADA
(metric dimensions in parentheses)

BAR DESIGN TIP:

  • Standard depth of 24” for bar equipment.
  • Stainless underbar equipment is commonly available from 12″ – 48″ wide, in 6″ increments.
  • The bartender’s aisle should be 31” – 37”.
  • The standard backbar depth should be 24” – 29”.

These are the most critical bar design dimensions. When designing your own commercial bar, the first thing you should do is go to any of the major equipment manufacturer’s websites where you can get a clear overview of the primary equipment. A list of those websites appears in the “Description” section below. For underbar stainless bar equipment, all equipment is 30” high, which is the working surface height for the bartender. Additionally, for most bar equipment manufacturers there are two standard depths of under bar equipment: 19” and 24”.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPEED RAILS

Architectural drawing of bar dimensions using a double speed rail
DOUBLE SPEED RAILS CAUSE BARTENDER BACK STRAIN

Speed rails are one of the most essential elements to nearly every bar layout, but be careful not to use them improperly. A standard speed rail is 5” deep, so they should only be added to 19” deep equipment. To simplify this explanation, always use speed rails with 19” drainboards, ice bins and 3-bin sinks. Other bar equipment should be 24” deep so you’ll be able to maintain consistent aisle widths. A word of caution: never use double speed rails – these add 5″ to bar layout dimensions and are back-breakers!

DOWNLOAD FOR THIS ARTICLE:

UNIVERSAL_BAR DIMENSIONS_WITH_ADA.pdf

BACK BAR LAYOUT DIMENSIONS AND EQUIPMENT

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STRATEGICALLY-STOCKED SPEED RAIL
Speed rails are an essential element of nearly every bar design

When planning the bar equipment for your back bar layout, the majority of back bar coolers are normally 24” and 29” depths. This applies to kegerators as well. The 24” equipment is only available from these manufacturers:

  • Glastender
  • Perlick
  • Beverage Air
  • Krowne Metal


BAR DESIGN TIP:

Note that not every product offered is 24” deep.

A TIP FOR DIY BAR DESIGNERS

Given all the above, if you plan your do-it-yourself commercial bar layout dimensions with an allotment of 24” for underbar equipment depth, 31” – 37” for aisles and 24” – 29” for back bars, you’ll be well on your way to a successful bar design.

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POPULAR DOWNLOADS:

CUSTOM_DRINK_RAIL_DESIGN.pdf

BAR_AND_RESTAURANT_SEATING_GUIDELINES.pdf

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BAR EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS:

  • Beverage Air
  • Glastender
  • Krowne Metal
  • Perlick

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