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.

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Breakfast bars and kitchen islands go hand in hand
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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.

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Certain kitchen island designs seem intentionally structured in a way that lets them double as breakfast bars
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The breakfast bar can sit slightly higher than the island’s counter so it can be used with bar stools
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This is an island specifically designed to double as a bar, hence the form and the size
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Breakfast bars are excellent for spaces with L-shaped kitchen counters or for open layouts
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If you plan to use regular chairs at your breakfast bar, then it needs to be lower than the kitchen counter
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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.

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Check out this oddly-shaped island extension. It’s the perfect casual dining table
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Small kitchen islands can accommodate breakfast bars too. This is a really cool example
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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.

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Don’t necessarily think of a breakfast bar as a rectangular surface. Its form can be irregular if the layout requires it
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Such island bars don’t occupy much space and can also be added later on, when you decide you actually need one
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Use a small breakfast bar to frame an open kitchen, creating an L or a U-shaped counter
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This is a pretty odd kitchen configuration which seems to be surprisingly practical
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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.

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If you don’t need extra storage in the kitchen, the island can actually look more like a table or a bar
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In this case the delimitation between the cooking area and the dining surface is a very clear one
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Large kitchens can use breakfast bars to frame certain sections or to have a better-organized layout
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Even though they make a good combo, breakfast bars don’t necessarily need kitchen islands to fit in a space
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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.