There is so much to love about a kitchen island with a breakfast bar: it allows the cook to chat with guests while finishing up meal prep, it keeps guests out of the kitchen while the cook finishes meal prep, it provides convenient seating for serving one-at-a-time foods and it allows everyone to spend as much time as possible in everyone’s favorite gathering spot.
Whether you are in the middle of a kitchen renovation or simply pondering design ideas for the near future, these breakfast bar ideas will help you consider all the essentials.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large kitchen, you may already have an island in the middle to break up the floor space. If not, it’s a possibility worth considering as a way to install a breakfast bar as well.
If your u-shaped kitchen has one open side, place a set of stools along the outside of the counter to create an instant breakfast bar with no renovation work required. To build a more styled look, fit a worktop counter that overhangs the unit to create the feel of a table.
You don’t need tons of extra space to have a functioning breakfast bar! Make your counters work harder for you by extending your countertop beyond the cabinet, creating a small ledge that should be big enough to accommodate two bar stools.
A great breakfast bar idea for a galley kitchen is a wall-fixed table, which lets you squeeze a small eating space into even the narrowest space.
To keep your space feeling open, install a floating peninsula that extends from one of your kitchen units. The absence of a base unit will maintain a flow through your room, which is a particular benefit if your kitchen is small or the island is close to a key walkway.
Laminate has long been a popular choice for breakfast bars, as it’s adaptable, easy to clean, and affordable. It can mimic other materials and is available in a range of colors.
A wooden breakfast bar gives the feel of a ‘butcher’s block’, perfect for contemporary country and farmhouse kitchens. Hardwood gives an immediate homey feel and is particularly impactful paired with white units.
Quartz is a slight upgrade from laminate, with a beautiful finish and solid feel that give it a more luxurious feel. Available in a huge range of colors and textures, quartz is a flexible material to suit all kitchen styles.
Glass is the ultimate statement material for modern kitchens. It’s easy to clean and can be cut to the exact shape you need, which is useful for bespoke breakfast bar needs.
Breakfast bars give you valuable extra storage, allowing you to keep more things tucked away and your kitchen clutter free and they provide extra work surface area for preparing large meals as well as serving buffet style party food on. A breakfast bar is also a great way to add a dining area to your kitchen without needing space for a table if you want to create a separate, more formal dining room.
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