Patio Bar Essentials

If you're looking to create a fun and satisfying outdoor entertainment experience, a patio bar can be a great asset to have. Whether you're planning a do-it-yourself build or to buy one in the box, installing a patio bar means the difference between reaching over a bar to refresh guests’ drinks and running into the house to get those extra ice cubes. Here are some essentials to remember when considering installing a patio bar.

Standard bar height is 42 inches. The guest-side overhang should be 12 inches if you plan to have seating, or 6 to 9 inches if there will only be standing room. The bartender-side overhang is determined by choosing the length that will make the bar top most centered and balanced. This is especially crucial when using heavier bar tops, such as stone.

U-shaped bars are the most stable. A straight bar is less stable for an outdoor bar because it could be knocked over by heavy winds if not anchored well. An L-shaped bar is a good compromise if space or material costs are an issue.

When dealing with any outdoor furniture, choose weather-resistant materials such as metal, teak, pressure-treated pine or cedar. Wicker furniture is only a good alternative for an enclosed patio. With these tips in mind, you should be on your way to a better patio bar experience.