A breakfast bar is a lovely feature to have in your kitchen, where you can share meals together and be in the heart of the kitchen at the same time. Breakfast bars have no set design and can be designed exactly how you want.

Breakfast Bar

Most breakfast bars are usually incorporated into a kitchen island or peninsular and are complemented with some elegant bar stools or chairs, to finish it off and to give a comfy & inviting place to sit.

A peninsular is basically a run of kitchen units that are either attached to the main kitchen or come out from a wall. See below for an example.

Breakfast Bar

Breakfast bar examples

If you are looking for a little inspiration and some ideas on how your breakfast bar could look, then look no further! Here are some examples that our customers have installed in their kitchens.

Click on the images below to see a larger preview.

Breakfast bar worktop overhang

The recommended worktop overhang for a breakfast bar is 300mm. This overhang is needed to be able to get chairs and your legs underneath it, to be able to sit comfortably. The maximum overhang you can have with a solid surface worktop, like quartz, and with no support underneath it is 300mm. Any overhang over 300mm, will require some support, such as a supporting leg or base units.

The example below shows a breakfast bar with the worktop supported on the ends with 2 base units. If you decided to have a deeper space under the breakfast bar, then this would be an ideal way of creating it.

The worktop overhang over the other sides of the island/peninsular will be around 20mm.

Breakfast Bar


Here is an example of a breakfast bar and how it was constructed.

Split level islands with breakfast bars are also possible by using some 900mm tall wall units and using them as base units. This article explains how to create one.

How wide does my breakfast bar need to be?

The smallest width an island with breakfast bar seating for 2 people can be, is between 1000mm & 1200mm wide. This is because you need between 500mm & 600mm for each seat under the breakfast bar. Of course, you can make your island/breakfast bar any size you want to but there are limitations on the biggest size of worktop piece, depending on the material that you choose.

Breakfast Bar

With regards to the depth of the island, there is no set size here but it is worth thinking about the worktop that you are going to have on the island/breakfast bar.

Our solid surface supplier’s jumbo pieces of quartz are a maximum of 3.2m long x 1.4m deep, so there is plenty of scope there to design a bigger island.

If you are using a solid wood or laminate worktop then the sizes of these worktops are a little smaller in depth.

  • Solid wood worktops are up to 3000mm long and are either 620mm, 720mm, 900mm or 960mm deep. Examples of our solid wood worktops can be found here.
  • Laminate worktops (Quadra) are up to 4000mm long. When using a Quadra laminate worktop on an island then you will be limited to depths of 670mm & 900mm, as you will need to choose one of the breakfast bar/island worktops, as these are edged on all 4 sides.
  • Laminate worktops (Square Edged) are up to 4000mm long. When using a square edged laminate worktop on an island then you will be limited to depths of 640mm, 680mm & 940mm, as you will need to choose one of the breakfast bar/island worktops, as these are edged on all 4 sides. These sizes can differ between square edged laminate worktops as well, so it may be worth choosing your worktops before designing your breakfast bar/island.

Top Tip

When ordering stools to go under your island/breakfast bar, please check the height of them as ‘counter’ stools are not the same height as ‘bar stools’. Bar stools can be a lot taller!

  • A counter stool measures between 610mm – 736mm from floor to seat.

  • A bar stool measures between 711mm – 762mm from floor to seat.

Many of our customers buy their breakfast bar stools from Atlantic Shopping.

Bar & counter stool inspiration

Have a look at our Pinterest board to get some inspiration on different bar & counter stool designs

Bar Stools


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6 thoughts on “Breakfast bar inspiration”
  • Kinika Nyenke says:

    There are no luca gloss alabaster side panels to use to create an island

    February 9, 2021 at 2:28 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, we don’t have any large end panels in door material for islands, just the end panels in door material, as shown here.

      February 11, 2021 at 12:19 pm
  • L. Bax says:

    Will you be able to arrange for the power sockets on the breakfast bar end panels?

    January 30, 2021 at 2:42 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, your kitchen fitter/electrician will need to source the power sockets and install them. He will also need to run a power cable to the island/breakfast bar as well, before it is built.

      January 30, 2021 at 7:44 am
  • Mrs J Preece says:

    Hi there
    Just a question on your corner units.
    I am looking to have a 560 x 1200 sink unit adjacent to a 460 corner base unit with a 600 door. This would be the opposite way round to your 460 corner base units on the website.

    Does a 460 corner base unit match up to a 560 base with a 600 doors on.

    Sorry for the confusion.


    Mrs J Preece

    January 28, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the blanking panel on the reduced depth 460mm deep corner unit is still 500mm, so it will work fine. If you need any more assistance on this then our sales team will be able to help on 01977 608 418.

      January 29, 2021 at 11:58 am
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