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Kitchen Islands With a Breakfast Bar

Medha Godbole
A breakfast bar is an add-on to your existing kitchen that provides space for you to sit and have your breakfast. If not for eating, you can place the food to be served on the bar. If you want to add that coveted zing and have different dimensions for your kitchen, here are some ideas.
How many times do you crave for having hot, freshly prepared food and also serve it to your family? Several times, I guess. However, the thought of running back and forth to the kitchen to fetch food may tire you.
Adding a breakfast bar to your kitchen will not only serve the purpose, but also add that zing to it. Also, your family and friends can sit comfortably and enjoy a delicious meal.

Certain Considerations

~ To begin with, is your kitchen an open one? If yes, then check out if there is enough space for the island.
~ There has to be a specific purpose for having such an arrangement in your kitchen.
~ Further, the height and the suitability to your home is another thing to be dealt with.
~ Conventionally, they are around 36 inches in height and 18 inches wide.
~ You may also need to check the size of the stove or the oven you have, if it fits on the island.
This is one of the best options for maximum utilization of resources. It allows sufficient amount of leg space and ease to sit down and dine. The table is of the level of a dining table.
If you have limited resources, use a farm table as a breakfast bar. This arrangement, however, will not provide space for cooking. Once you are done with having your food, the table can be used for cooking. A homely and inviting look is imparted to the kitchen.
Raised islands have an elevated area for placing dishes, food, glasses, etc. Generally, the raised top is about 18 inches wide, which is needed to serve food and cook with enough space.
Also, the cooking area remains undisturbed. Some other designs have sufficient height to hide your sink and cooking area. It's great if you have frequent visitors, as there is plenty of space available for serving food. Also, if your cooking area is messy, it will be unnoticed!
How about combining your personal bar with the kitchen island? It can save a lot of space and also give an elegant look. Bar top kitchen islands can be used to place your wine bottles and stemware along with the food served.
Some islands are equipped with cabinets for storing all the bar accessories, and also provide enough working space. You can also place a wine rack on the island top for your guests.
If your kitchen and living area are combined, then this is the best design. You can also use this instead of a separate dinner table. This additional piece of furniture will give you extra working space.
Some designs also have the sitting arrangement facing the living room. However, be careful while choosing the design, as the entire look of the living area will change due to this addition. A waterfall island with an extended top can also be an option.
The L-shaped island is an extension of your kitchen cabinet. You will need to plan this piece of extension while building the cabinet itself. These cannot be incorporated later on. Also, they are not mobile.
This island uses minimum space, with the breakfast bar attached to the rest of the cabinet. This makes the room look spacious.
If equipped with proper sitting arrangements, this design will provide great ambiance for the regular coffee breaks as well. If you are revamping the kitchen, this design will cost you the least and give the kitchen a classy look as well.
if you have less space in your kitchen and cannot incorporate a separate breakfast bar, this is the design for you.
All in all, these designs can be really useful, only if they are planned and constructed well. The kitchen island helps in utilizing the space in the kitchen effectively and also provides the much-needed extra storage space.