A well-designed kitchen island can do wonders for the functionality and efficiency of the space. It can be customized to fit your needs, so make sure to talk to your kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor about your choices.
If you are looking to turn a section of your kitchen island into a breakfast bar, you’ll need to decide between counter- and bar-height. Here’s what you need to know about these two options:
Counter-Height Breakfast Bar
A counter-height breakfast bar typically has a height of about 36 inches, which is considered a standard for kitchen islands. Ideally, the surface should be at least three or four inches below your elbow. If it’s too low, you may experience back problems; if it’s too high you may have upper arm strain.
If comfort is a priority, your remodeling contractor may recommend a counter-height kitchen island. This option offers a more open feel, highlights the countertop material as a single flat surface and makes everything visible in the kitchen. More importantly, it provides accessibility—young kids or older family members can have a seat and eat meals with ease.
Bar-Height Breakfast Bar
This option is set a little higher than counter-height at about 42 inches off the floor. To eat comfortably, you either have to sit on a barstool or stand up.
A bar-height counter is a great choice if you have an open kitchen floor plan. It helps define the boundary between the kitchen and the rest of the space. It also acts as a barrier that can help hide clutter. If you are hosting dinner parties, you can spread out snacks on top of the raised bar for easy serving.
Given the advantages of each, your choice between the two ultimately comes down to your style preference and other considerations. Let the remodeling pros of JLR Home Renovation guide you as you make your decision.
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