Worktop Express Blog > Designing a Breakfast Bar with a Kitchen Worktop

Breakfast bars and island units are highly sought-after kitchen features. This look is easy to achieve with a kitchen worktop and – when combined with some solid wood bar stools – creates the perfect set-up for quick breakfasts, mid-morning coffee breaks, or casual evening dining.

Doubling up as convenient work spaces or food preparation areas, breakfast bars and kitchen islands are the ideal solution for modern living; they also enhance the social aspect of the kitchen, a concept that has become increasingly popular in recent decades.

Whichever look you would like to achieve, we have the kitchen countertops to suit. Our wooden work surfaces are available in a wide range of timbers, so that you can select the same species as your main worktop, or even opt for a wood of contrasting coloration.

Choosing Your Work Surface

Our wood worktops can be purchased in a wide variety of sizes so that you can choose dimensions that are well-suited to your requirements – whether you would prefer a slender breakfast bar piece or a broader section of beautiful wood for an island unit.

To create a practical and attractive kitchen island with an in-built breakfast bar, we recommend opting for one of our larger 960mm or 1240mm worktops. You can then use one side for additional food preparation space, and leave an overhang on the opposite side for use as your breakfast bar. To provide the necessary support for a significant overhang, we stock an appealing range of breakfast bar legs in a variety of wood and chrome finishes.

Made-to-Measure Worktops

We can tailor your work surface to your needs with our wood worktop cutting service. Despite the name, this is much more than a cut-to-size service; indeed, our skilled fabrication team can also customise worktops with sink cut-outs, ellipse ends, radius corners and edge profiling, all of which are popular choices in the realm of breakfast bars and kitchen islands. Edge profiling – which finishes the wood with an elegant, decorative edge – has proved particularly popular with customers. Take a look at our ‘Edge Profiles for Wooden Worktops’ guide for more information.

To join two worktops at a right-angle to create a protruding breakfast bar, order your worktops with a butt joint. Butt joints are made by routing grooves in the underside of two worktops and attaching them with ‘dog bone’ connector bolts. You can order these by speaking with a member of our sales team or using our innovative Online Bespoke Worktop Tool.

Narrow Breakfast Bars

Create a slim breakfast bar with a narrow section of solid wood worktop or one of our floating shelves.

Image courtesy of Apartment Therapy

If you are short on space and like the idea of installing a breakfast bar along one side of your kitchen, you might be tempted by our bespoke floating shelf option. With this service, you can order a solid wood shelf measuring up to 250mm wide, in a large assortment of timber species. These shelves come pre-drilled and are supplied with specialist ‘invisible’ brackets.

Alternatively, you can create this look with a small section of worktop, though you will need to purchase coordinating wooden brackets for support.

Laminate Alternatives

If you would like to create your breakfast bar or kitchen island unit using a laminate work surface, we stock laminate breakfast bar worktops that measure 3050 x 900 x 38mm. These surfaces are available in a wide selection of finishes, including wood-effect, slate-effect, granite-effect and gloss sparkle. Our breakfast bar worktops are supplied with post-formed edges along the two longest sides, which come with a 6mm radius edge profile (the two shorter edges are unfinished and coordinating edging strips are provided).

If you would like to contact us to order your breakfast bar worktop or a work surface for your kitchen island unit, please don’t hesitate to telephone us on 0345 22 22 644 – we’re open between 8.30am-7pm on weekdays and 9am-5pm on Saturdays.

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