The Pull-Up-a-Chair-Bar
The seated bar is still a favorite, especially where it can double as a spot for morning coffee or after-school smoothies. Sit-down bars can range from a freestanding front bar that accommodates eight in an entertainment room to a peninsula with two tuck-under stools off the kitchen. Since the inner workings of these bars are hidden behind a counter, their fixtures and materials tend to be more casual with basic countertops and simple bar sinks and faucets that favor function over decoration. What is seen is the base of the seating area, which may be covered with wainscoting, barn siding, stone, or brick—stuff that stands up to shoe scuffs. Open shelves or glass-front cabinets show off stemware and serving pieces.

Space Requirements Clearance follows an easy rule of thumb, says cabinetmaker Bill Nickerson of Tilton, New Hampshire, who's built bars for 30 years: "You need two feet per stool. So an eight-foot bar will seat four." Most bars sit 42 inches high with a 12-inch overhang for stools.
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