Kitchen breakfast bar ideas
A breakfast bar in the kitchen is on the wish list for many homeowners. Here’s how you can get the look in your kitchen, no matter the space you have available.
How to get the breakfast bar look in your kitchen
Why you need a breakfast bar in your kitchen
Breakfast bars can serve as a great room divider and are ideal for enjoying quick meals and snacks, or just chatting while you cook. They also offer some extra seating, that's a lot less formal than sitting down at the table for an evening meal.
Types of bar stool
How to measure for bar stools
Make sure your new bar stools will fit comfortably with your new breakfast bar. Get the measuring tape out - you need to measure for:
- Seat height: make sure you're not sat too high or too low. Bar stools generally fit into two categories: counter-height and bar-height. Counter-height stools have a seat height of 58-72cm and are ideal for kitchen counters with a height of 89-94cm, while bar-height stools have a seat height of 72-82cm for bars 104cm-109cm tall. Adjustable bar stools allow you to raise or lower yourself to your preferred height.
- Leg room: where's the fun of a breakfast bar if you can barely move your legs? Measure from the underside of the counter to the floor and subtract 25cm for your leg room. The number you're left with is the maximum height for your bar stools.
- Distance between stools: you should leave about 15cm between each bar stool to allow room for everyone to sit comfortably at the bar together.