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Making the Breakfast Bar Your Favorite Bar

Use It for Dining, as a Food Preparation Area, or to Organize an Open Floor Plan

© 2010 by Charlotte Cook; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission.

A Breakfast Bar and kitchen interior; photo by Kelly Smith

The breakfast bar is an essential part of all busy modern kitchens and can be a fantastic feature no matter what size of room you have to work with or what style of kitchen you have.

Breakfast bars are a great place to enjoy that first hot drink of the day and can make a very effective focal point for the kitchen.

Before choosing a surface and size for your breakfast bar, it’s important to think about what you’ll be using it for on a day to day basis. If you will be preparing food regularly on your kitchen worktops in this area of the room, it’s important that it’s hard wearing and very easy to clean.

Choose Your Countertop Material

Stone surfaces, such as granite countertops, are durable and very easy to wipe down after preparing food. They also give the kitchen a classic look. These types of surfaces are very resistant to heat, which is an advantage when it comes to preparing and serving hot food, although you should always use a trivet or dishtowel under hot pots and pans for extra protection.

This material also works well for dining, as a breakfast bar also doubles up as a seating area for accommodating a large number of people. Traditional wooden surfaces are slightly more difficult to clean and are less durable but an annual sanding and refinishing will remove any chips or scratches which can harbor dirt.

Task Lighting in the Kitchen

You can highlight your breakfast bar as a focal point of the kitchen by using halogen or LED spotlights above it to illuminate the area, which will also be essential as task lighting if you do choose to prepare food or perform other intricate chores on your breakfast bar.

If you have a small kitchen then you will know that making the most of the space you have is really important. There are many different styles of breakfast bars and many come with storage space underneath the work surface, which can be a great place in which to keep kitchen items, which creates much needed room elsewhere.

Working with Modern Open Floor Plans

For open plan rooms, a breakfast bar is a great way of dividing up the kitchen from the dinning or living areas.

It’s important for this living arrangement that, despite there not being any dividing walls, there are features that clearly zone areas of the room, and a well placed breakfast bar is perfect for this.

The great thing about a breakfast bar is that it’s multi-purpose and will fit in all styles and sizes of kitchen, which is probably why they are the must have feature of some of the most busy kitchens around the world.

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