Constructing a Kitchen Breakfast Bar: 6 Dos and Don'ts Constructing a Kitchen Breakfast Bar: 6 Dos and Don'ts

A kitchen breakfast bar is a useful space for short family meals. It is easier to have a kitchen breakfast bar sometimes, instead of constantly using a dining table. When designing or remodeling a kitchen, many people, if the space is available, opt for a kitchen breakfast bar as a room divider as well. When planning your kitchen, consider whether you have the space to install a kitchen breakfast bar.

1 – Do Leave Enough Room for…

Navigating around the kitchen breakfast bar. You will need to consider that stools or chairs will need enough room to be pulled out and sat on and people need to be able to still walk around them comfortably, without squeezing through a tight space. Measure the area properly so you don’t end up with a gap that no one can get past.

2 – Do Calculate…

The height and length correctly. Use a standard height for the kitchen breakfast bar, unless you require a customized height. If the kitchen breakfast bar is replacing an older one and you are keeping the stools or chairs, measure the height so that there is room for the chairs to sit underneath the kitchen breakfast bar when pushed in and not being used by anyone.

3 – Do Use Proper and Solid…

Support bars on your kitchen breakfast bar. Remember that the weight of elbows and items will need the correct amount of support in all the right places in order that the kitchen breakfast bar doesn’t collapse suddenly. Kitchen breakfast bars with rounded edges on one end can usually be comfortably supported by a metal pole in the center of the ‘circle’ of the end of the bar. Square-ended kitchen breakfast bars will need sufficient support on each corner to avoid them becoming loose and tipping.

4 – Do Use Correct…

Surface material. Granite, Formica, or any regular kitchen counter top material will suffice. Wood can also be used but it must be oiled, protected and stain resistant to avoid becoming worn and dirty after just a short while. Note that stain protection on wood usually requires multiple layers of waterproof varnish to protect the surface from heavy use.

5 – Don’t Forget to…

Level the floor at the points where the pole or supports will be inserted. Having an uneven floor will interrupt the balance of the kitchen breakfast bar and reduce the strength of the supports. If the floor has an uneven surface, make sure it is dealt with prior to the installation. This may require resurfacing the floor or just the removal of a tile or two to deal with the bump.

6 – Don’t Rush…

The project. Failing to plan will be the same as planning to fail if you don’t not measure correctly or prepare for the job properly. Make sure you have all the right tools and materials as well as the correct measurements where required. Plan your budget and itemize everything, down to the last nail and screw.

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