Using Reclaimed Wood For Bar Tables

January 17, 2019

More frequently, reclaimed wood is making an appearance in commercial designs. Studies show that using wood in both commercial and residential buildings can be beneficial for the physical and mental health of people in those structures. Adding a wood top conference table to your office can improve the mental health of employees, while adding more wood table tops for displays in retail stores could improve the atmosphere for shoppers. As the use of reclaimed wood in commercial design continues to increase, we see more and more in everyday life. 

One area that may be present in both homes and business is the bar. This is a unique area in an interior; Not quite a table, not quite a countertop, and it often serves the needs of both. Whether the handcrafted bar furniture is in a commercial restaurant or as a kitchen bar in your home, it needs to set the tone and style for the rest of the space.

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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, consider taking a look at reclaimed wood. A reclaimed wood table has unique characteristics like nail holes and saw marks that show off the rich history and craftsmanship of the piece. 

What is 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 75 years old, and has the patina, saw marks, nail marks, and the character of its original use. The barn wood is cleaned, milled, and repurposed in numerous ways, including as bar and pub table tops. This creates a bar high top that is eco-friendly, beautiful, and filled with the character, personality, and history that will make your bar an instant focal point in the room.

Creating a Reclaimed Wood Bar Table

Like many quality bar table tops, a solid reclaimed wood top is made to order. This means that the bar top is handcrafted to your specifications, including dimensions, shape, edge and the overall style of the finished product. 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 barn wood top. Mixed antique wood creates a one-of-a-kind high top using a blend of different woods and sources. This creates a lot of depth and interest for the bar table 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 bar or restaurant table 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 own dining room, kitchen table or restaurant table.

Reclaimed Wood Bar Table Styles

The ways that you can use reclaimed wood to create a bar height table are nearly endless. From the different configurations and shapes to the patina of the wood, each bar height table 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 next diy project.


Solid 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.


Reclaimed Table Tops in a restaurant

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


Antique Oak Barn Top

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.


Walnut Bar Top

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 bar stools 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.

Create the Perfect Reclaimed Wood Bar Table

Utilizing wood materials in the interior design of your restaurant or bar can give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere that keeps customers coming back. Reclaimed wood dining 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 industrial style, it’s possible to create the perfect look using reclaimed wood. These wood tops can be used for more than just wood dining tables. From coffee tables to console tables, there are a variety of ideas for bringing solid reclaimed wood table tops into your home or business. Take a look at what’s possible with Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to get the ideal bar top for you. Contact one of our experts today to get started!

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