What’s the Purpose of a Breakfast Bar?

Olivia Cirocco
 | June 11, 2024

If you’re considering a kitchen overhaul, you probably already recognise that a breakfast bar is more than just a kitchen feature – it’s a multifunctional space that brings people together. Usually positioned between the kitchen and living room, it offers a casual spot for meals, conversations, and activities for the whole household.

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So, what actually is a breakfast bar? Think of it as an extension of your kitchen counter that provides additional seating and workspace. Unlike a standalone kitchen island, a breakfast bar can be part of an island, peninsula, or even a wall-mounted counter – this versatile feature is perfect for quick bites, homework, or social gatherings. A decent breakfast bar installation can instantly boost your home’s property value.

Why Add a Breakfast Bar?

  • Casual Dining: Ideal for quick meals and casual dining.
  • Multifunctional Space: Use it for working from home, kids’ homework, or a cosy coffee spot to start your day.
  • Enhanced Storage: Incorporate shelves or cabinets beneath for extra storage in both the kitchen and living room simultaneously.
  • Social Hub: A breakfast bar creates a seamless connection between the kitchen and living areas, making it the perfect spot for entertaining guests. If you’re preparing food for dinner guests, a breakfast bar allows you to stay involved while cooking, rather than be isolated in the kitchen.

To put it another way, a breakfast bar in the kitchen offers a versatile and stylish solution for modern living. It serves as a practical dining area, a workspace, and a social hub. Whether your kitchen is large or small, a breakfast bar can make it more functional and inviting.

When designing your breakfast bar, you’ll need to consider these ideas:

  • Seating: Choose stylish stools or chairs that match your kitchen’s décor.
  • Lighting: Pendant lights add a touch of elegance and improve functionality.
  • Materials: Durable and attractive materials like granite, wood, or quartz enhance the overall look.

Breakfast Bar vs. Kitchen Island: Understanding the Key Differences

As noted, a breakfast bar is typically an extension of an existing counter or part of a peninsula.  A kitchen island, on the other hand, is a freestanding unit that usually takes centre stage in larger kitchens.

It provides a substantial work surface and can house appliances like sinks or cooktops, making it a multifunctional workspace. Kitchen islands are ideal for food preparation, additional storage, and serving as a focal point for gatherings.

In many modern kitchen designs, breakfast bars are incorporated into kitchen island work benches, offering the best of both worlds. This integration allows for a casual dining area while still providing the expansive workspace and storage benefits of a kitchen island.

Get in touch

At GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens, we specialise in designing and installing both breakfast bars and kitchen islands tailored to your specific needs. We blend innovative design with expert craftsmanship to deliver results that exceed your expectations. Our expert team can help you decide which option will best enhance your kitchen’s functionality and style.

Ready to transform your kitchen with a stunning breakfast bar? Contact GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens today to explore how we can transform your kitchen into a beautiful and practical space.

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Olivia Cirocco

Design Manager

As a Bachelor of Interior Architecture graduate of The University of South Australia, Olivia has gained extensive experience in the field. In addition to developing critical analysis skills, Olivia learned how to implement creative, environmentally and socially sustainable settings. Using these techniques she has since enjoyed specialising as a bathroom and kitchen designer.


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