Over the last couple of decades, kitchens have become a more focal area for entertainment and family living, which has impacted the way we use this central part of the home drastically.
Now that many kitchens are used as (or combined with) a dining area, the addition of a breakfast bar worktop helps to give the room a more social aspect – which is far more in keeping with modern life.
Whether your kitchen features laminate or wood surfaces, we offer a range of kitchen worktops that are perfect for casual dining at any time of the day – not just breakfast.
Choosing a suitable breakfast bar worktop for your kitchen
No matter the size or configuration of your kitchen, our range of worktops are suitable for creating a kitchen breakfast bar.
In galley or L-shaped kitchens that are lacking in dining space, a wall-mounted wooden breakfast bar is often the most suitable choice. They can be constructed from either a cut-to-size wooden worktop or even one of our bespoke solid wood floating shelves.
Got a small kitchen? Read our guide on creating a small kitchen breakfast bar for compact spaces
For kitchens with an open-plan design with a dining or living room attached, we recommend an extra-wide breakfast bar worktop that provides sufficient kitchen preparation space on one side, and has an overhanging breakfast bar area on the other. To create a sufficiently large breakfast bar, we suggest using one of our 960mm or 1240mm extra-wide worktops.
If you have a U-shaped kitchen and do not want your breakfast bar to encroach into the adjacent dining or living space, another option is to extend one end of the worktops beyond the end of the kitchen cabinets and create an overhang that provides a casual dining area for one or two people.
Breakfast bars are also ideally suited for combining with an island in a spacious kitchen. This aesthetic can be created in one of two ways: by introducing a separate raised-up worktop, or extending the main island worktop to produce a suitable overhang.
Creating breakfast bar worktops
Whichever breakfast bar ‘type’ you’d like to opt for, all of our hardwood timbers are perfectly suited to creating a breakfast bar countertop – though they may need bespoke customisations to suit your kitchen layout.
Our skilled fabrication team offer a worktop cutting service by which we can customise our wood, laminate or Earthstone surfaces to meet the requirements of any bespoke breakfast bar worktops. Whether your breakfast bar would benefit from a smooth edge profile, semi-circular ellipse end or a radius to round-off harsh corners, our team offer a selection of services that can help create a breakfast bar that’s a perfect fit for your kitchen.
Thanks to our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool you can design, price and order your own breakfast bar worktop from the comfort of your home; or, alternatively, please feel free to email your design to our fabrication team, who will then review your requirements and discuss your order with you prior to producing an accurate fabrication diagram.
Once you’ve decided upon your breakfast bar worktop, read our dedicated guide to find out how to install breakfast bar legs.
Please note: This guide was originally posted on 27th January 2016 and was updated on 23rd November 2017 to include additional information.