6 Clever Ways to Add a Breakfast Bar to Your Kitchen
While we cover a range of kitchen design elements here on the Apollo Kitchens blog, there’s no kitchen feature quite so well-loved as the breakfast bar.
Much more versatile than the name suggests, the breakfast bar has become a recurring feature on many homeowner’s kitchen wishlists.
And even though at first glance there may not be room for a traditional breakfast bar within every kitchen layout, here are 6 innovative solutions to incorporate a breakfast bar into your kitchen design.
1. Indent into your bench
It’s a tried-and-tested breakfast bar solution – simply make an indentation into your bench or island to make room for some chairs, and voila! You’ve got a breakfast bar.
What we love about this solution – your guests are naturally facing you while you’re working in the kitchen, meaning you can socialise (or help with homework) without constantly yelling over your shoulder.
2. Create an overhang
If you are looking to add a breakfast bar into an existing kitchen, this could be the easiest way to go about it.
Create an overhang from your countertop either by extending the material you used for this surface, or adding in a contrasting texture like wood to break up the look.
3. … and elevate it
Building up may be even easier to implement than a straightforward overhang, and brings some flexibility with it.
Elevating the ‘bar’ creates an additional surface against your benchtop – perfect for installing additional power points, or to store things like glass or ceramic jars without worrying about them falling to the floor.
And as a bonus – if you happen to choose the opposite side of your sink for the breakfast bar, you’ll also block any views of your dirty dishes.
4. Add a peninsula
If your current layout or space doesn’t really allow for a breakfast bar, why not create a new one?
Creating a peninsula or secondary break-off bench space helps to claim some extra real estate for your kitchen (particularly if you can also work in some storage). It also gives you the flexibility to create as much (or as little) room for your breakfast bar as you want, without being dependent on the existing bench area.
5. Opt for a wrap-around
One of our favourite ways to incorporate a breakfast bar, this wrap-around style follows the shape of your benchtop to create a secondary level of space in your kitchen.
This option is great if you are looking to add a more casual dining area into your home, as it provides plenty of space without taking away from your preparation area.
6. Extend your island
As opposed to indenting into your counter or adding an overhang, extending your island completely doesn’t cut into your preparation space and gives your guests plenty of room.
As an added bonus – when it’s not in use, think of the extra preparation space you’ll have at your disposal!