Small kitchens with breakfast bars
Are you unable to utilize your kitchen efficiently because of its small size? Do you wish to maximize the available space in the kitchen? If this is the case, then you should consider introducing breakfast bars in your kitchen.
Frankly speaking, breakfast bars are a boon to small kitchens. Besides provides a convenient preparation space for cooking meals and serving as an extended kitchen countertop, breakfast bars also provide a space for enjoying informal breakfast dining. In addition, many breakfast bars also come with cabinet storage space, which allows you to store bulky pans, pots and miscellaneous items beneath the counter and free up the cabinet space.
Consider creating an island kitchen countertop in the middle of the small kitchen. The island top can be easily used as a preparation station for cooking meals. Moreover, it also doubles up to serve as a table top for enjoying informal breakfasts. When selecting the size and design of the countertop, prefer buying or building one that features enough free space underneath the counter so that the maximum utilization of the space is ensured. Place stools and chairs matching the counter top style in order to enjoy the space for dining. Make it a point to store the chairs in the store room when not in use in order to free up floor space.
If you do not wish to add anything permanent in the kitchen, you may consider installing a drop leaf table in the kitchen as a breakfast bar. Similar to the kitchen countertop, a drop leaf table also acts as a preparation station and breakfast table. You can easily fold out the leaves when there are extra guests for breakfast. Some of the drop leaf tables can be easily folded against the wall when not used, whereas some of the tables are available on wheels and are highly flexible.
A breakfast bar table can also be built in the space between the kitchen and living room. A wall of the kitchen may be torn down and replaced with a breakfast bar table. Besides offering a proper seating space in both the rooms, this ideal shall open up the space and create the illusion of free space. Consider placing tools and chairs that blend with the kitchen as well as the living room.