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Ok, I have a question or three. I have finished my second row riser and have 5.5 feet from the back of the riser to the back of the room. I want to put a third row bar in, but am not sure how big to make it.


1. How much room per bar stool. I plan on having 4. The room itself is 11' wide, and the riser is 9' wide, so I figure I will have plenty of room for 4 stools.


2. How deep are bars normally? I haven't decided on a counter top yet, but I figured about 20". Is this too small?


3. My room ceiling is fairly low, 6'11" and I have a rather large screen which necessitated a 16" tall riser, which makes normal 30" bar stools a bit too short. Now, I could splurge and get 36" bar stools, which I really don't want to do as they seem to start at $300 for anything resembling comfort, or I could build a 4" riser to place the bar stools on, and put tile or carpet on it. Which was a long-winded way to get to my final question...how large should a riser be for the stools? I certainly don't want anybody tumbling off of the back of the riser, but do not want to take up the last bit of floor space with it.


Any suggestions?


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I am not familiar with your room but putting the rear riser all the way to the back wall would be preffered over a riser you could fall off of.


See Big Reds build he used comfortable office chairs instead of stools for his third row. Something to consider.
 

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I agree with the riser size for the stools, that leaves one problem...access into the media closet and workshop.


The more I look at the layout, the more I think taller stools are the way too go.
 

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I had a similar situation,but I only had 53" to play with instead of the 66" that you have available. I made my bar/counter 16" wide and it is plenty big enough. I have 3 counter height stools and the 3 stools fit but there is not a lot of extra room.


I thought I needed bar height stools until I tried the counter height ones. I strongly suggest to everyone to check your sight lines of the actual room rather than just relying on the calculators. I was able to use a shorter riser and shorter stools than the calculator led me to believe.


I bought my stools at Target for $150 each. They are surprisingly comfortable and I've watched many 3hr hockey games from those stools.
 

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I purchased bar height stools and found the sight line is no good. I need about 4 more inches, which could be fixed with spectator height stools. I think I will keep the stools I have, as I really like them, and I cannot find any 36" ones I like. I will simply modify the legs to make them taller.


Now, as for width, I plan on having 4 stools with a bar about 8 feet wide. Is this sufficient for width?


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Depends on the size of the stools, but for mine I have 1 stool for every 2ft of counter so that would be the same for your situation.
 

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I plan on having 4 stools with a bar about 8 feet wide. Is this sufficient for width?

28 inches is perfect. 24 starts getting tight.


Take two soda/beer cans and set them up on your desk 24 inches apart. Place your elbows on the desk. place your hands over your heart. My elbows hit both cans.
 

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I can probably go up to 26" per stool, then the bar will start to get wider than my riser, which I don't want, but 2" is probably better than none. I don't really gain anything by making it smaller, so sounds like I will just go full width of the riser.


Now, how about depth of the bar? I was thinking 20", but this was really just a random number, I could go more or less easily.


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The bar doesn't really need to be any deeper than the length of elbow to finger tips in fact it can be less. Anything else is just for design purposes and holding more snacks for the Superbowl party.


My elbow to finger tips is 18 inches.
 
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