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DIY Project in Focus – How To Build a Breakfast Bar

Building a breakfast bar


The kitchen is constantly being developed; open plan living has seemingly taken over and with this new layouts, accessories and also appliances are being created. The breakfast bar is something that has been brought into kitchens all over the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.


It is the perfect option for a small kitchen as an alternative to the kitchen table and is also a lovely feature in an open plan, larger kitchen space. So why not look at installing your own? It is a fairly easy DIY project and can be done on a relatively small budget too.

Follow our step by step guide on how to build a breakfast bar to create the perfect family kitchen. For the purpose of this article it is worth noting that we are adding a breakfast bar too an open plan kitchen space. The breakfast bar will be attached to a wall not a kitchen worktop.

Difficulty – Intermediate

Duration – ½ a day

The tools you will need:

–          Drill

–          Straight Edge

–          Screwdriver

–          Tape Measure

–          Pencil

–          Saw

–          Spirit Level (Metre length)

–          Drill Bits

–          Bradawl

–          Worktop Kitchen sealer if required

–          Edging Strip and glue

–          Hammer

The materials you will need:

–          The worktop of your choice (match to existing worktop)

–          Screws

–          Table Leg with top plate

–          Small tub of paint (if needed)

–          Baton (2×3)

–          Rawl Plugs


The location of your breakfast bar

The first thing you need to do is decide on the location of your breakfast bar, you need to think about suitable spacing. For example in your open plan kitchen select a wall with plenty of floor space and room around it. You may want to try and place your breakfast bar central on this wall; I say this as it can create the perfect focal point to your room. Once you have decided on where you’re going to place it you can start thinking about what material you will be using.

Got your material, cut to size

When it comes to selecting your material for your breakfast bar I would advise using the same material as your kitchen worktops. Once you have done this you need to think about cutting your worktop to size; to do so work out exactly how big you want your breakfast bar.

Think about exactly how many chairs you will need to fit under your breakfast bar; the best way to do this is to decide on your breakfast bar’s function. For example do you have a fairly large family which your breakfast bar will be acting as a dining room table for? Or is it simply you and your wife?

You can make your breakfast bar as large as you wish, for two people or six. Once you have done this you can cut the worktop too size. Measure your dimensions with a tape measure and mark with a pencil, use your straight edge to ensure your worktop will be straight. Then using your saw cut your worktop to the size you need.

If you have selected a laminate worktop then you should use a fine tooth saw or jigsaw with the correct blade for your needs.

How high will your worktop be?

You now have you worktop ready to begin building your breakfast bar, but have you thought about the height of it? You need to consider what size chairs you will be using; perhaps you will be using stools. This will determine your height. 

Our table legs range from 690mm – 1100mm however we would recommend using the 870mm option if your breakfast bar is an alternative option to having a dining table. 

Attaching your table leg

After you have selected the height of your breakfast bar and the size of leg you will be using you can now attach the table leg to your worktop. We will be using one table leg for our breakfast bar however you can use two if you would prefer.

Lay your worktop on the floor (topside down) and find the centre of your worktop at the end you’re attaching your table leg too. Place the plate in position and drill your pilot holes, you can then screw your plate to the worktop. You can then simply screw your table leg into the table plate.

You need to ensure that you use the correct length screws; for example if they’re too short your table leg may not be very stable and if they’re too long they could come through into the work surface.

For the next part you may need an assistant.

Marking your breakfast bars position

The next job is to mark where your breakfast bar will be positioned; between you and your friend or family member you need to turn the breakfast bar over and butt up against the wall in the position you want it to be. Get your spirit level and adjust until the bar is level. 

Next take a pencil and mark from edge to edge underneath your breakfast bar on the wall where the baton will be placed. You can now place your breakfast bar back on the floor. Using your tape measure mark the centre point of your line on the wall.

Pre-drilling pilot holes

You now need to pre-drill all of your pilot holes on your baton and worktop. The way to do this is simple; measure the centre point of the baton and of the worktop which it will be connected too and mark. On the baton find the ¼ point at each side, measure the distance between that and the centre point and mark the same distance from centre point on the worktop, too match up the holes.

It is worth noting that you may want to paint your baton the same colour as your walls or worktop.

Once you have done this turn your baton onto its side and drill two pilot holes 1/3 of the way in. Remember to drill all your pilot holes the right thickness to the screws you will be using. Then you need to place your baton against the wall and match your two centre points. Then mark where your holes are with a bradawl.

Attaching your baton to the wall

You are now just about ready to attach your baton to the wall; firstly you need to drill the holes you have just marked with your bradawl. Ensure you drill them the depth of your rawl plugs. Then with your hammer insert the plugs into the holes and finally screw the wood to the wall.

You should make sure that you use the correct fixings for the type of wall.

Securing your breakfast bar

You are now ready to secure your breakfast bar to the wall; to do this place your breakfast bar above the baton correctly aligned with the pilot holes you have pre-drilled. Then simply screw your worktop to the baton.

Finally using your level you need to ensure the breakfast bar is completely level, you will be able to adjust the foot on your table leg up to 30mm. 

The finishing touches

You now can add the finishing touches to your breakfast bar, simply add your edging to any exposed areas using your edging glue. Along with this you may want to seal your breakfast bar to the wall, especially if you tiles. Do this by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Your breakfast bar will now be ready for use, add your chairs/stools and some cutlery or design accessories and begin enjoying a new focal point of your kitchen/dining area.

Depending on the type of material you have used you may need to oil and seal.


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