While a formal dining room comes in handy for holidays and special occasions, a casual dining spot in your kitchen is often more useful for everyday meals. Adding a breakfast bar to your kitchen is an easy way to create a dining area that your family can use for quick snacks and informal meals. There are several kitchen designs that allow for the inclusion of a breakfast bar, so you should be able to find an option that fits your kitchen's layout.
Center Island Breakfast Bar
One of the most common designs for incorporating a breakfast bar into your kitchen utilises a centre island. While an island is often used to provide additional work and storage space, you can devote one side of it to use as a casual dining area. The best part of using a centre island design for creating a breakfast bar is that you simply have to add a few stools to the island, and you have an ideal spot for breakfast and other causal meals. If you feel that a traditional centre island may be too small to accommodate a breakfast bar and additional workspace, consider an L-shaped island instead. This type of set-up provides an additional, smaller countertop section for use as a breakfast bar.
Half-Wall Breakfast Bar
Another design that allows for the addition of a breakfast bar is an open-style kitchen with a half wall or cutout wall. In this type of kitchen, you can add a countertop surface to the half wall to create a breakfast bar and place the stools on the side of the wall outside the kitchen, so none of the floor space in the kitchen is used for the breakfast bar. This set-up allows diners to chat with you as you work in the kitchen, but leaves plenty of room for you to work unimpeded. It is also an ideal way to create a transition space between the kitchen and the room that it opens up to, since any mess or clutter in the kitchen that you might not want to be visible in the other room is blocked by the breakfast bar.
Galley Kitchen Breakfast Bar
In a galley kitchen, space is at a premium. Because the layout calls for a long, narrow aisle kitchen, there typically isn't room for a table or island. However, you can incorporate a breakfast bar at the end of your galley kitchen by mounting a small countertop surface to the wall. While the bar will likely only accommodate two stools, it provides an ideal spot for having a cup of coffee or bowl of cereal in the morning without disrupting the traffic flow in the rest of the kitchen.
Freestanding Breakfast Bar
If you cannot fit a built-in breakfast bar in your kitchen's floor plan or do not want to commit to a permanent structure, a freestanding breakfast bar is an ideal alternative. Typically made from wood or metal, a freestanding unit is usually long and narrow, so it may be able to fit in the centre of a kitchen that can't necessarily accommodate an island. You can also place it up against an empty wall in a galley or L-shaped kitchen. However, the benefit of the freestanding breakfast bar is that you can move it whenever you want, which makes it convenient and easy to fit in many kitchen layouts.