Do You Have a Kitchen Bar?

2009_04_17-bar.jpg2009_04_17-barTS.jpgOne thing I am currently wishing for in my kitchen is a long bar that is open on both sides. Whenever we have guests at meal-time or while I am cooking my back always has to be to people. It's hard to cook and talk at the same time. Do you have an open bar in your kitchen? Here are a few examples of open bars in small kitchens from this year's Small Cool contest.

There are many advantages of open bars in small kitchens. They give a more open look and spacious feel, letting the kitchen be part of the living space, and not chopping it up. They also can be built-in places to eat, so you don't need to bring in a dining table. But they also can mean less storage, with no upper cabinets.

Do you have an open kitchen with a kitchen bar where guests can sit and chat with you while you cook? Do you like it? Do you wish you could close off your kitchen a little more? Tell us

• 1 Megan's Changed Outlook
• 2 Zach's Miami Loft & Ladder
• 3 Jenny's Hawaiian Shoebox
• 4 kateheffernan's Giant Windows & Blue Burlap
• 5 kateheffernan's Giant Windows & Blue Burlap

• 6 Alec & Magdalena's Multi-Functional
• 7 architeCTS's Cohesive Whole
• 8 J & R's Redwood "Earthquake Shack"
• 9 J & R's Redwood "Earthquake Shack"
• 10 Emily's Wonderful in White Studio

Related: More Small Kitchens from Small Cool 2009

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.