Elevated Eating: 30 Kitchen Island Breakfast Bar Ideas

Elevated Eating: 30 Kitchen Island Breakfast Bar Ideas

Tess Wilson
Dec 22, 2016

There is so much to love about a kitchen island with a breakfast bar: it allows the cook to chat with guests while finishing up meal prep, it keeps guests out of the kitchen while the cook finishes meal prep, it provides convenient seating for serving one-at-a-time foods such as waffles or socca, and it allows everyone to spend as much time as possible in everyone's favorite gathering spot. No matter how big and fabulous your home is, matter how long your dining table or how cozy your breakfast nook, everybody is inevitably going to hang out in the kitchen, and breakfast bars give them a place to do just that.

This breakfast bar allows for chatting during dishwashing, allowing one to feel involved in the festivities while doing this hated chore.

Though the overhang on this island is fairly minimal, "[the] generous counter island can fit all of the little ones for breakfast or snack time."

A custom-built island allows diners to sit cozily within easy reach of cookbooks, perfect for mealtime reading.

This smart kitchen setup allows diners to eat their breakfast while gazing out the window and/or contemplating the day's to-do list on the chalkboard refrigerator.

Here's another example of a situation in which the stools fit all the way under the island, keeping the walking areas clear. The seating area was created by augmenting an island with a tabletop.

"The island gives additional counter space and is a casual spot for the family to share a meal." While the high bench provides ample seating, "having the family room right off the kitchen now allows everyone to hang out close to one another during meal preparation—without having too many cooks in the kitchen."

"Friends love coming over for dinner and having a drink at the kitchen island while Nick and Julia finish cooking." Who wouldn't want to belly up to a quartz-wrapped bar, especially with a television right at hand?!

Unusually, there is seating on both sides of this kitchen island, while clear "stools from CB2 allow the light from the floor-to-ceiling windows to pass through and fill the kitchen."

In another rare stools-on-both-sides arrangement, lab stools from Craigslist are positioned on each side of a DIY island made from a restaurant cart.

The most important meal of the day is any meal eaten at this gloriously marble-clad breakfast bar.

This breakfast bar exactly fits four counter chairs from Restoration Hardware, especially convenient since the dining room is at a distance from the kitchen.

Up to seven stools could fit around this island, allowing lots of folks to eat within viewing range of the living room's television.

Two delicate stools fit under this slim custom-made floating island, but there would be room to seat eight, if desired.

Poured concrete counters by Concrete Elegance top a generously proportioned island devoted to dining—there is no dining room—in this totally renovated kitchen.

Two stools are tucked, nearly invisibly, into the end of this long kitchen island.

The slim proportions of this island nonetheless allow it to seat at least four diners, with room left over for a stove, utensils, and essential ingredients.

There's room to tuck these adorable stools all the way under this IKEA island.

Diners can perch on the adjustable, leather upholstered stools—or pull the 1967 Triumph up to the breakfast bar.

This oversized island has an overhang on all four sides, allowing for total seating/working flexibility.

This island has the look and functionality of a butcher block, while allowing room for in-kitchen seating.

Island seating needn't be limited to stools: these thrifted chairs provide a formal dining experience at an rustic antique island.

This IKEA island provides the perfect amount of space for one person to sit, but you can squeeze in three or four if you're ambitious!

This custom-built island has only the smallest of lips, but it's enough space to accommodate these quirky, cushy stools.

The close proximity of the dining table to the breakfast bar means that a large group can dine companionably in the space, while an integrated stove opens up the available work space in the kitchen.

Here's another example of island seating that's nice and close to the table, perfect for large gatherings. (The island can serve as a kids' table, as kids generally love stools.)

The nearby dining room table provides ample seating, but the island—which holds the kitchen's second sink—allows for cozy, casual dining.

This airy kitchen features the ultra-rare breakfast bar which not only provides seating for 10, but is unusually, at chair, rather than stool, height.

Finally, this incredible island features swinging seating from Dot & Bo—though there are two CB2 stools tucked under the end for diners who get airsick.

And then let's finish with this: incorporated LED lighting. Make your breakfast bar a nightclub! Pity the poor diner who gets stuck on the end with neither leg room nor exciting lighting.

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