How high should a bar counter be?

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How high should a bar counter be?
Bar counters should be higher than normal kitchen countertops. (bar de nuit image by Jean-Claude Drillon from

The standard height for your typical bar counter should be 42 to 46 inches. This is 6 to12 inches higher than your regular kitchen countertop.

The Height Can Vary

Although you should stay within the 42 to 46 inch guideline for bar counter height, there is a need for some variation depending on the size of your bar stools and other features of your kitchen.

Bottom Line

Bar counters should conform to the 42 to 46 inch standard height; however, the ultimate effectiveness and comfort of the height will depend somewhat on the bar stools themselves.

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