The Breakfast Bar Table – The Heart Of The Social Kitchen

In most modern homes, the kitchen is a social space, an area designed not just for cooking but also for entertaining guests and interacting with family members. In such a configuration, the breakfast bar is often at the heart of the space. But what is in fact a breakfast bar? You could consider it the casual equivalent of the dining table. While the dining room is the official area designated for eating, the breakfast area, often referred to as a breakfast nook, is a casual and more intimate space with a more versatile nature.

As opposed to the dining room which in Medieval times was called a Great Hall and was this huge space that could accommodate hundreds of people, the breakfast nook is considerably smaller and designed for small groups of people. In the dining room you have a dining table and the equivalent of that would be in this case a breakfast bar table. Of course, it doesn’t have to be an independent piece of furniture. In fact, the breakfast table is either an extension of the kitchen island or the island itself, hence the term “bar” that defines it.

The height of the breakfast bar table can vary depending on each kitchen's design and layoutView in gallery
The height of the breakfast bar table can vary depending on each kitchen’s design and layout
The breakfast table here is raised several centimeters above the island counterView in gallery
The breakfast table here is raised several centimeters above the island counter
A raised bar extension is practical as well as visually pleasing, especially is it contrasts with the counterView in gallery
A raised bar extension is practical as well as visually pleasing, especially is it contrasts with the counter
Here the breakfast bar table is a side extension of the kitchen islandView in gallery
Here the breakfast bar table is a side extension of the kitchen island

You can use the breakfast bar table is various different ways: to grab a quick meal (not necessarily in the morning), as extra counter space when prepping food and even as a homework table for the kids. It can even be utilized for small, informal dinners but also as a party zone when entertaining. It’s one of the most versatile furniture elements in the modern home and a central piece for social kitchens.

A possibility is also to have a breakfast bar that's the same height as the island counterView in gallery
A possibility is also to have a breakfast bar that’s the same height as the island counter
When the bar and counter have more or less the same height, the contrast of materials can differentiate themView in gallery
When the bar and counter have more or less the same height, the contrast of materials can differentiate them
In some cases, the breakfast bar is simply a kitchen worktop accompanied by stoolsView in gallery
In some cases, the breakfast bar is simply a kitchen worktop accompanied by stools
Small kitchens can have a breakfast table too, even if they're not big enough to have an islandView in gallery
Small kitchens can have a breakfast table too, even if they’re not big enough to have an island
You could fit a small breakfast table in a small kitchen by making it a part of the counterView in gallery
You could fit a small breakfast table in a small kitchen by making it a part of the counter
The breakfast table can extend to the side and form an L-shape with the counterView in gallery
The breakfast table can extend to the side and form an L-shape with the counter
This is a breakfast bar for two. It's added to the side of the kitchen island and it's really cuteView in gallery
This is a breakfast bar for two. It’s added to the side of the kitchen island and it’s really cute
You can simply add the breakfast bar on top of an island's counter and they can be made of different materials for a nice contrastView in gallery
You can simply add the breakfast bar on top of an island’s counter and they can be made of different materials for a nice contrast
Pick the bar stools according to the height of the breakfast bar counter to ensure a perfect matchView in gallery
Pick the bar stools according to the height of the breakfast bar counter to ensure a perfect match

Although it’s true that breakfast bar tables are more common in large and open kitchens, they can also be successfully integrated in small spaces where they can double as dining tables to save floor space. Also, even though usually the breakfast bar is an extension of the kitchen island or the actual island counter, that’s not always the case. When there’s no room for an island, the breakfast bar could be an extension of the window ledge or a drop-down counter attached to a wall.

A breakfast bar table doesn't take up much space, especially if you store the stools underneath when not neededView in gallery
A breakfast bar table doesn’t take up much space, especially if you store the stools underneath when not needed
This is an interesting design which features a breakfast bar that's actually lower than the island counterView in gallery
This is an interesting design which features a breakfast bar that’s actually lower than the island counter