Using Reclaimed Wood For Bar Tables

January 17, 2019

The bar is a unique area. Not quite a table, not quite a countertop, it often serves the needs of both. And whether the bar top is in a commercial restaurant or in a rec room in your home, it also needs to set the tone and style for the rest of the space.

There are many materials available for creating a bar table or bar countertop. And each will give you a different look. When you’re looking for something that has a lot of character and personality, however, along with a history that will instantly make your bar table a conversation piece, consider taking a look at reclaimed wood.


Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years. It’s incredibly strong, durable, and versatile, and many old buildings made of wood are still standing. In some cases, old buildings made of wood can no longer be used for their original purpose, but the wood itself still has years of use left.

That antique wood taken from older buildings and put to use in a new purpose is reclaimed wood. It comes from barns and other old buildings more than 100 years old, and has the patina, saw marks, nail marks, and the character of its original use. The wood is cleaned, milled, and repurposed in numerous ways, including as bar tops and tables. This creates a bar top that is environmentally friendly, beautiful, interesting, and filled with the character, personality, and history that will make your bar an instant focal point in the room.


Like many quality bar table tops, a reclaimed wood top is made to order. This means that the dimensions, shape, and edge of your bar are all used to create the top and the overall style of the finished product is something that you will have influence over. You’ll be able to choose from an antiqued wood bar top that is milled to create a uniform top with or without things like knot holes or saw marks present, or a mixed antique wood top. Mixed antique wood creates a one-of-a-kind bar top using a blend of different woods and sources. This creates a lot of depth and interest for the top as the various patinas, wood grains, and patterns mix together in one top.

Regardless of which type of wood you choose, the dimensions of your top, the thickness, length, and edging will all be customized to meet your needs. So whether you want a rustic, old world look or you want something with a rustic-modern vibe, you can create the ideal reclaimed wood bar table for your home or restaurant.


The ways that you can use reclaimed wood to create a bar table are nearly endless. From the different configurations and shapes to the patina of the wood, each bar top will be completely unique. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at these styles to help you see what may be possible for your project.


elegant wood bar table

Reclaimed wood can be used in the same way and styles of new cut wood. This means that it’s possible to create a traditional, rich looking bar top that can match any formal area. The difference is in the depth of the wood; the patina on the reclaimed wood helps give the bar a depth that can’t be matched in newer materials.


rustic wood bar table

Reclaimed wood bar tops can show off the natural grain, knots, and wear of the wood. This lets the beauty if the wood show through, along with its true color and personality. This type of bar table will become the focal point of the room, capturing the eye with its movement and character.


contemporary bar table

Thick, slab-style countertops are popular with contemporary style restaurants and entertainment areas. Done in rich, reclaimed wood, this contemporary bar table gets a lot more warmth and interest, rather than creating a cold or sterile environment. This makes the area much more approachable and comfortable for patrons.


polished bar table

The long lines of the gain in a wood bar top are ideal for drawing the eye down its length. The color and grain of this reclaimed wood bar table add some contrast to the whimsical chairs and the art on the front of the bar. Together, this creates a design that’s fun, warm, and approachable – just what the restaurant is going for.


Reclaimed wood bar tables are warm and rich, containing personality and depth that can’t be found in other materials. Whether you want a contemporary look or something more rustic, it’s possible to create the perfect look using reclaimed wood. Take a look at what’s possible with Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to get the ideal bar top for you.

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