Would not it be nice to create a small dining bar while installing your new RTA kitchen cabinets? A breakfast bar is a great place for the family to meet every morning before going to work or school, it is simple to keep clean, and if your kitchen opens in your room Eating or living, it can be easier to build than you think.
Easy steps for building a breakfast bar
Locate your base cabinets in the open space between the kitchen and the living room . The back of the cabinets will face the living area and provide the base for the breakfast bar. Two 36-inch base cabinets work well or you may want to add them into a 24-inch cabinet to create an eight-foot bar.
2. Build a Knee Wall from Lumber Which supports up to the base cabinet. A knee wall is a short wall that does not rise to the ceiling. The wall of the knee will be the breadth of the breakfast bar and should extend slightly past the base cabinet with the exposed side. The height may vary depending on which bar stools you plan to use, but in most cases the height that works best is 42 inches before the countertop installation.
3. The wall of the knee can be considered as a wall space by many building inspectors, so it may need electrical wiring for installed and inspected sockets
. Cover the exposed surfaces of the wall of the knee with a wall covering of your choice such as drywall, panels or end panels of RTA cabinets.
5. The countertop material used is usually the Same as the rest of the kitchen counters. Opinions vary as to how much overhang your countertop should have on the eating side, but you want enough room for you to eat comfortably without your knees hitting the wall. In most cases, an overhang of 12 to 16 inches works well.
6. The overhang should be supported with brackets that are available in most home improvement stores. Inadequate support can create a safety hazard with heavy materials such as granite.
These are general guidelines that may vary depending on your specific application. If you have any questions or concerns, call a construction professional.