How far should a foot rail be from the bar?
The ideal distance of a foot rail from the bar is typically about 6 to 8 inches from the base of the bar. This measurement provides a comfortable and ergonomic height for patrons to rest their feet while sitting on a barstool.
Here are some considerations for determining the exact placement:
Comfort: The primary goal is to ensure that patrons can comfortably rest their feet on the rail without straining or reaching. This promotes a relaxed and enjoyable experience at the bar.
Adjustability: If possible, consider making the foot rail height adjustable. This allows for customization based on individual preferences and the height of the barstools being used.
Clearance: Ensure that there is enough space between the foot rail and the bar for patrons to comfortably slide their legs under the bar when seated.
Accessibility: If your bar caters to a diverse clientele with varying heights, consider offering different height options for the foot rail, or consider having foot rails at multiple heights along the bar.
Local Building Codes: Check with local building codes or regulations, as they may have specific requirements or recommendations for the placement of foot rails.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a comfortable and inviting environment for patrons to enjoy their time at the bar. Adjustments may be necessary based on the specific layout, design, and preferences of your bar space.