Add a Breakfast Bar to a Kitchen Island

Breakfast Bars are fast emerging as the most sought after addition to a kitchen island. Typically, every kitchen island is looked upon as the culinary hub, used for lodging appliances and cooking/serving food. Kitchen islands have often been described as table-like cooking areas that provide additional seating arrangement. Kitchen islands that have medium-sized cooktops provide an opportunity to mingle with family members or guests along with cooking meals as they provide some seating area. Essentially, all kitchen islands have handy countertops at their core and secondary additions like kitchen islands bars that serve several purposes beyond the realm of just cooking or serving. Most busy households want a quick, fresh meal and breakfasts are looked upon as the most important meal to get the day started. Adding breakfast bars, helps to utilize the kitchen space more wisely and add a cook-and-serve attribute to a household kitchen along with allowing the family members to interact.

Things Needed to Make an 18-inch Breakfast Bar: 

  • Three trusses or corbels
  • A Hammer and standard wood glue
  • Finish nails and ½-inch deck screws
  • Lumber (Hardwood) measurement: 1 by 12 by 36 inches
  • Plywood measurement: 18 by 36 by ¾ inches
  • Solid wood measurement: 1 by 2 by 120 inches
  • A variable-speed drilling machine

Constructing the Breakfast Bar: 

  • Mark the center of the lumber, i.e. at the 18-inch mark
  • Measure the width of the corbel and mark it at its center
  • Trace the corbel’s pattern on the 12-inch lumber with a pencil
  • Remove the corbel from the lumber
  • Drill two holes, using the variable-speed drill machine, on the corbel
  • The first hole should measure within an inch from the top of the corbel
  • The second hole should be drilled at 1 inch from the rear-end of the corbel
  • Repeat this procedure for all the three corbels
  • Glue the area on the lumber where the corbels will be attached
  • Measure the plywood from the longer edge and make a mark at the 4-inch point
  • Make several such marks to create a line of markings along the plywood’s width
  • At about 1 inch from this line, drill pilot holes on the plywood
  • Place the plywood on top of the assembled corbels
  • The pilot holes of the plywood should be in line with the top edge of the lumber
  • The plywood should be secured to the lumber using the finish nails
  • The bar top should be installed from the inside of the kitchen cabinet using 1¼-inch deck screws
  • Use solid wood to create a smooth edging along the plywood’s exposed edge
  • Apply some glue along the plywood edge
  • Secure the solid wood along the edge, using the finish nails
  • Paint the breakfast bar using any color that blends with the kitchen island