Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Y’all were so incredibly helpful last Friday when I asked about bar height vs. counter height for the breakfast bar! The overwhelming majority of you preferred countertop height, with many people saying that at one time, they had a bar height breakfast bar but hated it so much that they had it cut down to countertop height. Many more said that they still have bar height, but dislike it so much that they’re planning on having it removed as soon as possible.
If you remember, my main concern was that having the header right above a countertop height bar might look like some kind of afterthought, but some of you linked to pictures, which was so incredibly helpful! I had searched and searched for an example of a countertop height bar that had a header above it, cutting it in half, but I couldn’t find anything.
Here’s an example from Firstian Kitchen. (Thank for the link, Lena!)
Here’s another example from Laurysen Kitchens Ltd., via Houzz. (Thanks for the link, Linda G.!)
There were a few more that were linked on Facebook and emailed to me, but you get the idea. (And really, thank you so much to those of you who found and sent pictures. They were so incredibly helpful in really seeing how it would look with the header above the countertop! For some reason, I just couldn’t visualize it in my mind.)
Many of you also suggested a table height bar (that would be Option C). I considered that for a bit, but then I remembered that my mom used to have a table height bar in her kitchen/breakfast room, and had the same problem with it that so many people mentioned about the bar height. What can you really do with only 12-15 inches of counter depth? Pretty much nothing, so it becomes a collection area for junk. So when she got new kitchen countertops several years back, she had it raised to countertop height.
But the comment that really made me think was this one from Justin:
I think…you should consider functionality and the way you’ll want to use the space. I had almost the exact same setup in my condo with the header above and everything and I thought it looked just fine…
On the other hand, I decided after some time that I don’t really care for an eat-at breakfast bar. The main reason (for me) is that islands and peninsulas have a tendency to collect junk (mail, keys, and various stuff that comes into the house) and you can’t eat on them OR cook on them because they’re covered. Plus, for me, a stool just isn’t comfortable to sit at and they were always in the way. So when we renovated, I ditched the leg room underneath and filled-in with more cabinet space (always a plus in a condo). The top became a great working surface for baking and I couldn’t have been happier. We ate at the table on the other side of it instead.
After I read Justin’s comment, I realized that I also hate eating at bars. It doesn’t matter how high they are, I just don’t like sitting on a stool to eat. And I got to thinking about my mom’s breakfast bar. That’s the house I grew up in, and I don’t think I EVER ate a meal sitting at that bar because the table was just right there. Even when we have family meals, that area is used for the food. Nobody ever sits there to eat.
In reality, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually sat at a breakfast bar to eat a meal.
So I’ve decided to do what Justin did and add more storage on that side. Option D. The only example I could find of this idea was this picture.
The added countertop space will provide a larger work area, the countertop height will allow anyone sitting at the table in the breakfast room to easily see and visit with anyone in the kitchen, and the extra cabinets will give us lots more storage. And I won’t be stuck with bar stools that just collect dust and never get used. Oh, and if I design it just right, I’ll still get to use my fancy turned wood legs.
I’m excited about this plan.
Side note: I spent yesterday painting stripes on my kitchen floor. So far I’ve used almost three rolls of painters tape, and I sent my brother to pick up two more for me last night. 😀
I’m really hoping to get it finished today so I can show y’all tomorrow!!
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