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5 Rustic Bar Table Ideas

If space is a premium in your home, or you want to create an additional or less formal entertaining and gathering place, a bar table setting can be the ideal solution. Bar table settings can work for both indoors and outdoors entertaining. For practical reasons, this trend is growing and as a consequence, the ranges of bar tables and stools are increasingly varied and stylish.

  

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1. THE SPACE SAVING SOLUTION

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Bar tables will, by design, take up far less of your home’s valuable floor space. Most are narrow and long, although there are square and round ones that can work well in tight corners. Settings can vary greatly in style from rustic farmhouse to city apartment sleek, but they all share the same practicality of providing a space for casual intimacy. Bar tables can hug a wall in a small apartment for premium space convenience, or they can separate your kitchen from the living space, or provide a space on a deck for al fresco dining and entertaining.

 

2. HOW TO COORDINATE YOUR SETTING

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The bar table and stools need to coordinate, but that doesn’t mean they need to be an exact match or purchased as a set - especially if you are going for a rustic look. Often a simple table with stools that have character can really work. As with any design choice, it’s how you put it together, but as a guide, don’t overdo the clashing. The aim here is to create a coordinated, cohesive look. The material choices of both the table and stools won’t only depend on your personal preference, but whether the setting is to be placed indoors or outdoors.

 

3. BAR TABLE STOOLS

 

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You need to get this element right, and it can be tricky - as bar table heights vary, as do the heights of stools. Be sure to ‘test drive’ the combination for both comfort and height. Aim to have at least between 23 to 33 centimetres between the table and stool. The choices of height will also depend on the use. Ask yourself - is the setting for small children, adult entertaining or a combination? The answer will help you decide on the height of the stools you choose.

 

4. SHOW STOPPING CENTREPIECES

 

 

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Centrepieces do more than just add colour and interest. A stylish centrepiece can set the entire tone of any table. However, a bar table by nature is generally smaller than a dining table, so you don’t want to consume too much of your valuable table space with a centrepiece that overwhelms the setting and leaves you barely any room. But that shouldn’t limit your imagination. Think candles, long stemmed flowers in a small, or perhaps a tall vase that can add the defining touch to your bar table. If your bar table is placed along a wall, you could also consider hanging a mirror or artwork centred above the bar table.

 

5. CREATE AMBIENCE WITH LIGHTING

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Nothing creates mood more than the right lighting. A pendant light – or two for balance, placed directly over the bar table can highlight the space, both for mood and light. Another alternative solution is to place lamps on a slim base at either of the table, either on the table or the floor beside each end. As with all lighting choices, aim to achieve an elegant blend of practicality and ambience.  

 

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