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Practical and cosy, the kitchen with bar can be a real asset. Pros and cons, tips to furnish it properly and tips to integrate a bar even in a small kitchen, here’s everything you need to know to adopt it.

Combining practical use and an aesthetic dimension, the kitchen bar is a very decorative corner in an interior. This is the first advantage, not to mention that it can be integrated in different ways, depending on the configuration of your kitchen: space-saving for small kitchens, real relaxation or dining area for spacious kitchens.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a kitchen with a bar?

By installing a bar counter in a kitchen, you can: decompartmentalize spacewhether you live in a large apartment or a studio. You can choose between a bar that is integrated directly into the kitchen or a piece of furniture that is placed between the kitchen and the living room. The possibilities are endless and you are sure to find an option that suits your style. The kitchen bar is versatile but always very cozy!
One of the drawbacks is the lack of space on the bar cabinet as such, especially if it is located in a small kitchen. Depending on the depth, comfortable cooking or eating will not be easy. In this case, it will be considered more as an additional work surface to place some accessories.

The bar is set up half high with high chairs. In this case, it does not matter whether you have a large or small kitchen, the main thing is to free up the space and position your bar cabinet correctly.

If you have a… I-shaped open kitchen, and overlooking your living room, why not design your kitchen with a bar counter by adding it to a central island with storage space and a hob. This would make it possible to create a complete and design space where cooking and settling can take place at the same time.

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If you have a… L-shaped kitchen, the bar will complete the installation already placed in your kitchen and will really be the decorative asset of this strategic place. It also allows you to hide additional storage space. Blend it in with the decor by inserting it into an existing room divider, making sure to choose a suitable material that will harmonize the whole while taking advantage of a new dining or relaxation area.

In the case of a U-shaped open kitchen, the bar will best define the kitchen space by delimiting it a little more. In this case, provide sufficient space for circulation.


If you prefer a semi-open or closed kitchencreating a bar can be an opportunity to install a glass roof, to let in natural light, but also to create a dedicated and very trendy dining, relaxation or aperitif space.

semi-open kitchen-bar

The bar cabinet will find its place even in a small kitchen! We will take care of the dimensions by giving preference to a narrow model so as not to infringe too much on the rest of the room. Ideally, it can also be used as: storage area† A bar in a small kitchen is perfect if side table where you can have breakfast or take your meals. The whole thing is to install it in height to save space. Take the opportunity to store the coffee maker or kitchen robots there, because this high bar is suitable for making coffee at any time of the day, but also for cooking. And those who prefer ad hoc use of this bar can opt for a folding, collapsible or even extendable system.

small kitchen bar

To enjoy a bar while preserving the little space you have, why not bar on wheels † This allows you to move it however you want, according to your needs.

In the case of a studio, the bedroom is often close to the kitchenette. Even in this configuration, you can add character to your small home by installing a bar that combines both the demarcation from your kitchen, your work plan, your dining table or your office.

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