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If you are thinking about increasing the size or work surface area of your kitchen by adding a breakfast bar, it can be easily achieved by simply installing some new kitchen doors, units and a new section of worktop. You can even make sure it blends in with the rest of your kitchen and do it on a small budget and with limited DIY skills.

If your kitchen has units around the outer walls in a U shape at one end, you may benefit from adding a breakfast bar arrangement coming across the room to separate it from either the living area or the eating area. Anyone thinking about this type of kitchen improvement is likely to assume that the entire kitchen would need to be replaced. This is not always necessary.

The units

Your breakfast bar will require at least one and probably two new kitchen units which will be set at ninety degrees to your existing units. These can be used for storage or even appliances. You may consider adding upper units as well which would be hung from the ceiling. However this will limit the head height available for sitting at your breakfast bar.

You will want the units to face into the kitchen and will need to add end boards to the back where they will be seen from the other part of the room. These boards can be painted to fit in with your colour scheme for the room.

Your units may need to be cut to reduce the width if you want extra leg room where you will be sitting. This should not affect the front where your kitchen doors will be placed.

The kitchen doors

You might be wondering how you will make sure that your new breakfast bar will fit in with your existing kitchen. All you need to do is purchase replacement kitchen doors for all of your existing units and the new ones. This way they will all match and you would never know that the breakfast bar was an afterthought.

New replacement kitchen doors are easy to find online and you will be able to update your entire kitchen while adding more surfaces and additional storage space. New kitchen doors are really easy to order and install and you can do it yourself in just a weekend. All you need is a screwdriver, a level and a set of new hinges to make sure they fit snugly. You will also want to pick out new handles for all of the doors.

The worktop

This is where things get a little tricky. If you can source a worktop which matches your existing one you will be able to complete this job at a much lower cost. But it is worth remembering that worktops are often sold per length and are not cut to size for you. So you may find it is just as economical to buy worktop for your entire kitchen.

Of course if your worktop cannot be matched, you will need to invest in a new one in any case. Try to choose something which will stand up to the rigours of being used as a table and homework spot. You will also need to ensure that it is wide enough to allow a stool to be pulled up under it and for you to sit comfortably on the table side of the room.

Fitting a worktop can be a difficult job for a novice, however if you can source or hire a worktop jig, you should be able to work out how to make the correct cuts to fit the worktop perfectly. Remember that a tradesman will be able to complete this job for you in around one day, so the investment may be worthwhile.

A breakfast bar is a great way to introduce extra workspace and to turn your kitchen into a more family friendly area. You could turn your breakfast bar into a workspace for your computer, a homework area for the kids or even an eating area for informal dinners. The possibilities are endless and it couldn't be easier.

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