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    Bar height

    I'm constructing a bar and would like the height of the counter to be 46" to accomidate some things.

    Anyone with a bar, can you tell me if this is going to be way to high? Seems like 42" is the standard ... I'm now thinking I'll knock it back to 44"

    Any opinions are welcome.



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    Re: Bar height

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    I'm constructing a bar and would like the height of the counter to be 46" to accomidate some things.

    Anyone with a bar, can you tell me if this is going to be way to high? Seems like 42" is the standard ... I'm now thinking I'll knock it back to 44"

    Any opinions are welcome.
    Can you keep is 46" and step in down where you would like it lower? Just an idea...



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    Re: Bar height

    You're correct. Standard is 42". (I work in commercial construction, so I've put a lot of bar-height counters in). I really think 46" would seem too high once it was all in and done, plus bar stools are a standard height, so you would either need custom stools or anyone sitting at a 46" bar would feel uncomfortably low with standard stools.

    I'd suggest getting as close to 42" as possible, but 44" might be OK. (set up something a 44" and try a stool to see how it feels)



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    Re: Bar height

    Quote Originally Posted by kg-cyclone View Post
    Can you keep is 46" and step in down where you would like it lower? Just an idea...
    If I'm understanding you correctly, this is what we did with ours and love it. It's our kitchen island/bar (and we'll do the same type of thing in our basement). The kitchen side is one height (I think 42") and then the other side where the barstools are is higher (46" I think).



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    Re: Bar height

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    You're correct. Standard is 42". (I work in commercial construction, so I've put a lot of bar-height counters in). I really think 46" would seem too high once it was all in and done, plus bar stools are a standard height, so you would either need custom stools or anyone sitting at a 46" bar would feel uncomfortably low with standard stools.

    I'd suggest getting as close to 42" as possible, but 44" might be OK. (set up something a 44" and try a stool to see how it feels)
    What is the standard clearance between a upper and lower counter on a bar? see the attached of something similar ... bascially what's the clearance between the green counter & the upper bar? Seems like it would have to be 6 inches or less. (lower counter at 36" to fit standard base cabinets) I measured a beer bottle at ~ 8 inches and it seemed like it would be nice to have that clearence.
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    Re: Bar height

    Example of ours...I think it's about 8" from top of lower level to top of upper level.




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    Re: Bar height

    A lot will depend on the stools you want, I'd suggest buying the stools or know which ones you are going to buy before building the bar.



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    Re: Bar height

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Example of ours...I think it's about 8" from top of lower level to top of upper level.
    That's no 8" if a duplex recepticle has to be turned sideways to fit ... I'm thinking that's a standard 36 / 42 setup.



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    Re: Bar height

    I was thinking that just after I posted, I'd have to measure everything to know for sure.



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    Re: Bar height

    The standard bar height stool has a seat height of 28" for a standard 42" high bar. You can alter the height of the chair with caps or other means on the legs, but getting into and out of this chair will be difficult. More difficult getting out of after a few nips.

    I sent you also an email concerning electrical and also other items to look into like backsplash


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    Re: Bar height

    I agree with looking at stools you want to buy first. My buddy made a bar recently and ended up finding one set of stools tall enough for his bar. They were very expensive and ended up one stool cost more than the bar and chairs he had in his kitchen. He wished he had known the lack of tall bar stools before he built the taller bar.



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