How to Create a Breakfast Bar

Reference Number: KB-00855 Last Updated: 06-19-2015 12:58 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


I want to create an island breakfast bar in my kitchen. How do I do that?


The Cabinet Tools can be used to create a variety of different kitchen island and breakfast bar configurations. In this article, we will walk through creating a basic breakfast bar using cabinets.  

  Note: Home Designer Pro and Home Designer Architectural have the Custom Countertop  tool which can be used to quickly create a custom countertop for use as a breakfast bar. This tool allows for more flexibility in the shape of the countertop.

For information on using this tool in Pro and Architectural, within your program, select Help> Contents and Index and type in the keyword Custom.


To create a kitchen island

  1. First, launch your Home Designer software and select File> Open Plan  to open the plan in which you want to place your breakfast bar.

    Alternately, start a new, blank plan by selecting File> New Plan .

  2. In an area of the plan in which there are no objects already, click on the Base Cabinet  tool and click in the plan to place 3 cabinets side by side.

    Notice that the cabinets align and the lines that differentiate between them disappear. We can still, however, select just a single cabinet by using the Select Objects  tool.

  3. Now, place 3 more cabinets directly behind the initial ones placed. 

    These cabinets will also merge, and by default, the program will place the cabinets back-to-back, but if necessary, you can rotate these cabinets.

  4. Take a 3D camera view to view the current cabinet configuration and rotate it to ensure that all of the cabinets are placed back-to-back.  It should look similar to the image shown below.

  5. Close the 3D view and return to the 2D floor plan view.

  6. Generally, cabinets in which a breakfast bar is located are taller than the tradition 36" cabinet height.

    Select one of the cabinets using the Select Objects  tool and click the Open Object  edit button to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  7. On the General tab, change the cabinet's Height value to be 42", then click OK to close the dialog apply this height change.

  8. Follow the same procedure on the remaining 5 cabinets until they are all 42" tall.

    Note: In Home Designer Pro, you can either Group or Marquee select all of the cabinets and set their heights all at the same time.

  9. Now, using the Select Objects  tool, select the lower left cabinet and choose the Open Object  edit button.

  10. On the General tab, use the drop down menu to set the cabinet as a Left Radius End

  11. Click OK to apply this change and close the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  12. Follow the same procedure to change the lower right cabinet into a Right Radius End.

  13. In plan view, your cabinets should now look like the image below.

To create a breakfast bar

Now that we have the correct shape for our breakfast bar, we are ready to change the radius and normal cabinets so that only their countertops are displayed, instead of the cabinet as a whole.

  1. Select the Left Radius End cabinet and click Open Object  to display the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

  2. On the Front tab, click on the toekick at the bottom of the cabinet's preview diagram to select it, and then Delete it.

  3. On the General tab, change the Height (Including Counter) to be only 1 1/2", which is the Counter Thickness listed below.

  4. We will then change the Floor to Bottom height to be the value we want our cabinet height to be, minus the 1 1/2" for the countertop.

    This means we need to set the Floor to Bottom to a value of 40 1/2"

  5. Click OK to close the Base Cabinet Specification dialog and apply your changes.

  6. Repeat these steps for the remaining 2 lower cabinets.

  7. Create a 3D Camera  view of the results.

  8. Now that you have created a basic breakfast bar, you can continue to customize the cabinet's depth, handles and hinges, shelf, door and drawer options as well as the materials that make up the different components of the cabinet within the Base Cabinet Specification dialog.

    You can also add corbels beneath the countertop from the ­Millwork section of the Library Browser as in the initial image.

If you would like to build a breakfast bar on a half wall, or partial wall, use the same procedure for editing the cabinet height.