Breakfast Bar Configurations For Casual And Informal Settings

The interior designs and layouts that include a breakfast bar are very numerous and the fact that we don’t usually think of them as bring special or unusual shows just how common they are. It’s usually the kitchen that gets to accommodate this extra feature. Adding a breakfast bar to your existing kitchen island is not that difficult. It’s also a simple way to create a casual dining space for everyday use.

White and green kitchen with island and breakfast bar built in sinkView in gallery
Breakfast bars and kitchen islands go hand in hand
Wooden kitchen island top that floating for breakfast areaView in gallery
If you have room for a large kitchen island then you can also accommodate a bar extension

Formal dining rooms are suitable for entertaining guests at special occasions such as important holidays or personal celebrations. The rest of the time, something more casual would be a better option. Kitchens with breakfast bars or table extensions on their islands offer a comfortable and informal dining space for every other situation or for friendly gatherings.

Reclaimed wood kitchen island top with stainless steel material for breakfast and cooking areaView in gallery
Certain kitchen island designs seem intentionally structured in a way that lets them double as breakfast bars
Elegant luxury kitchen design with high stools for breakfast area marble countertopView in gallery
The breakfast bar can sit slightly higher than the island’s counter so it can be used with bar stools
White marble countertop with grey veins and black breakfast chairsView in gallery
This is an island specifically designed to double as a bar, hence the form and the size
Lacquered kitchen design with living room furniture and breakfast bar grey and yellowView in gallery
Breakfast bars are excellent for spaces with L-shaped kitchen counters or for open layouts
Nolte kitchen design with integrated breakfast bar from IslandView in gallery
If you plan to use regular chairs at your breakfast bar, then it needs to be lower than the kitchen counter
Contemporary kitchen design with built in sink and breakfast areaView in gallery
Lots of different configurations and combinations of styles and forms are possible when designing breakfast nooks

Depending on your kitchen layout, there are several options to choose from if you want to have a breakfast bar. One option is to have a large kitchen island that doubles as a bar on one side. You can have a few bar stools lined up on that side of the island which can fit underneath the rest of the time. While this section of the island is used as a dining space, the rest of the counter can be used for food preparation or as a cooktop. Another idea is to have an island with a bar-height table extension that doesn’t necessarily fit directly into the continuation of its counter.  L-shaped designs are a common option.

L shaped kitchen design layout with breakfast areaView in gallery
Check out this oddly-shaped island extension. It’s the perfect casual dining table
Natural wood kitchen countertop for breakfast areaView in gallery
Small kitchen islands can accommodate breakfast bars too. This is a really cool example
Kitchen island extension for fast breakfastView in gallery
In a few rare cases, an extension can be added to a kitchen island, making it unusually long

Some layouts are better suited for open space kitchens. However, you can still get creative with a separate kitchen. For instance, if you remove half of the wall that encloses the kitchen or that separates it from the living or dining room, you an create a breakfast bar. Add a few bar stools or pub-style seats and enjoy your new casual design.

Small breakfast bar from kitchen extensionView in gallery
Don’t necessarily think of a breakfast bar as a rectangular surface. Its form can be irregular if the layout requires it
Brown kitchen design with a small breakfast areaView in gallery
Such island bars don’t occupy much space and can also be added later on, when you decide you actually need one
Modern wire breakfast chairs for kitchenView in gallery
Use a small breakfast bar to frame an open kitchen, creating an L or a U-shaped counter
Traditional kitchen with breakfast areaView in gallery
This is a pretty odd kitchen configuration which seems to be surprisingly practical
Marble and wood a perfect mix for kitchen layoutsView in gallery
The island counter and the bar intersect and contrast with each other, creating a dynamic decor

If the lack of space or the cost raise problems, you can also consider other options. For example, a very simple idea is to have a fold-down table mounted on a wall. You can use it as a casual dining table together with a couple of chairs and then remove these to save space. The table folds down and you can use that space for something else. This option is suitable for small kitchens or for oddly-shapes spaces where regular islands or bars don’t really fit.

Dining on the breakfast bar kitchen island extensionView in gallery
If you don’t need extra storage in the kitchen, the island can actually look more like a table or a bar
Kitchen island extension with breakfast bar or dining areaView in gallery
In this case the delimitation between the cooking area and the dining surface is a very clear one
Large kitchen with living room unitView in gallery
Large kitchens can use breakfast bars to frame certain sections or to have a better-organized layout
Kitchen breakfast extension with storage underView in gallery
Even though they make a good combo, breakfast bars don’t necessarily need kitchen islands to fit in a space
Industrial kitchen breakfast stoolView in gallery
Different heights help delineate the breakfast bar from the prep counter or the the cooking area

It’s up to you to decide whether or not a casual breakfast bar would be a good addition to your home. If you decide you do want this feature, you can then pick a type, a material, a size, a style and all the other details and feature that come with it.