Custom bar and kitchen island by Bailey Custom Woodworking.

The possibilities are endless when it comes time for a kitchen remodel or renovation, and built-in bars and islands are a great way to maximize your space. Whether you live alone, with your significant other, or are raising a family, investing in a kitchen bar is one of the best things you can do for your home. If you are thinking about having a custom bar built in your kitchen, scroll through this list of reasons why you should consider investing in a kitchen bar as part of your home improvement plan.


One of the main reasons homeowners invest in kitchen bars is because they want to create a fun space to entertain guests in when they come to visit. With an island or counter bar meant specifically for making and serving drinks, your guests will have somewhere comfortable to sit and chat nearby while you finish preparing appetizers to snack on before dinner.

Many homeowners even double their kitchen bars as coffee bars so they have a separate station to brew and doctor up their coffee while reading the morning paper with their spouse. This goes to show that no matter how you choose to engage with others, kitchen bars add the perfect communal space that can either be casual or lavish, depending on how you purpose it.


If your kitchen feels crowded when you have guests over, an island or counter bar is an easy way to add more seating without taking up much more space. Even if you have a simple kitchen bar with four or six bar stools, this can make a huge difference in terms of freeing up floor space and giving the “too many cooks in the kitchen” a place to relax.

Plus, this kind of additional seating has a unique purpose — it is where your family and friends can come and go as they please without having to sit down at the dinner table. Sometimes, you need a place for brief visits and casual coffee dates rather than long conversations over a three-course meal.

Prep Area

Many homeowners share the frustration of too little kitchen counter space — especially if they love cooking or are raising a large family. Investing in a kitchen island or a custom bar is an innovative way of combating this, as it provides additional prep space when you need a bigger surface for all your cookbooks, baking pans, and ingredients.

As with every other aspect of your kitchen, built-in bars should serve your unique needs and integrate seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen design. For residents who enjoy hosting large dinner parties, family get-togethers, and holiday celebrations, plenty of prep space is a must. So be sure to choose your preferred countertop material (butcher block countertops are amazing) and make the most of your new prep area with plenty of kitchen cabinets to hold all your cooking appliances, gadgets, and accessories.

Storage Space

As previously mentioned, another main benefit of investing in a kitchen bar is the added storage space it creates. While some homeowners prefer freestanding bars with nothing underneath, others like to optimize their investment with built-in storage. This is an easy way to “kill two birds with one stone” and create a multipurpose communal kitchen space that truly caters to your individual needs.

Whether you prefer custom cabinetry, sliding drawers, or open cubbies, a kitchen island or built-in bar is the perfect host for additional kitchen storage. That’s the beauty of custom woodworking — the sky’s the limit for what designs and features can be integrated with your kitchen bar, and no request is too complicated for custom carpenters to handle.


If you’re on the fence about whether or not you should invest in a kitchen island or bar, consider how it could add a fun element of design to your kitchen while modernizing it and adding value to your home. In many cases, custom bars and islands are the focal point of your kitchen, meaning that they are the first thing others notice.

Because of this, built-in bars make the perfect accent piece to tie your entire kitchen together. You can do this by choosing an upscale granite or quartz countertop, trendy bar stools, and custom cabinetry with painted cabinet doors that add depth and contrast to your kitchen wall cabinets.

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We hope that you have found this post about kitchen bars helpful and that you will choose Bailey Custom Woodworking for your next home improvement project. Contact us today to request a free quote!