What are worktop overhangs, why are they useful, how do they work, and can I make my own? Our guide is here to answer your questions to make sure your kitchen fulfils your every desire.

What is a floating breakfast bar?

A floating breakfast bar is a kitchen countertop that appears to be floating or unsupported. They are common features of kitchen islands and breakfast bars, adding a sleek, contemporary feel to any kitchen space. 


Advantages of a floating breakfast bar

Floating breakfast bars have become a stylish and practical addition to kitchens. They have many advantages, but the most obvious one is that they act as a wonderful communal space. It provides the perfect space to eat food as bar stools can fit underneath the overhang. It’s called a breakfast bar for a reason – it’s the perfect place to eat breakfast and socialise!

The floating shelf feature also is space-saving, creating space for either permanent storage or just to keep the house looking tidy.

You have more countertop space! If you have a large family or often cook meals for groups of people, more countertop space is the way to go. A breakfast bar creates this space while acting as a seating area too. 

Floating breakfast bars ultimately have several functions. So, while they look timeless and sophisticated, they’re also incredibly practical.


Smaller overhangs

Not all kitchen overhang work surfaces are breakfast bars. There’s not a one-size-fits-all-all breakfast bar overhang size. It depends on personal preference as to how much your countertops overhang.

If you have a small kitchen, you may not have the space for an entire floating breakfast bar. The overhang, no matter how big or small, can act as extra counter space and add an element of sleekness to the look of the kitchen.

Even if you have a large kitchen or a dining table already in your home, an overhang can act as an alternative eating and food preparation area. It’s a stylish addition that adds a modern look to your home.


How to choose the right overhang breakfast bar

The kitchen is the heart of the home. That’s why it’s so important that you design your kitchen exactly to your tastes because it’s the place you’ll be spending time with family and friends.

If you want to create an area to socialise and eat, a deeper overhang might be best! 


Can I make my own floating breakfast bar?

If you’re wondering how to make a floating breakfast bar as a DIY project, it’s not as simple as you may think. As well as choosing what worktop material, colours, and finishes you want for the bar, there are other important decisions to make:


  • How much overhang do you have space for – Does your kitchen have the space for this addition? 
  • The height of the bar – If you’ll be using the overhang as an eating area, you’ll have to factor this into how high it needs to be. Typically, the higher the bar, the less overhang you need.
  • How much reinforcement is needed – The amount of reinforcement needed for your bar depends on the worktop material you choose, as well as how deep the overhang is. The strength of the material is important to consider because some materials may not be able to withstand an unsupported overhang.


Making your own floating breakfast bar is no small feat, especially if you’re looking for a larger overhang. Kitchen worktops, ideally, should be long-term investments and made to last for years to come. Kitchen designers who know exactly what they’re doing will ensure this.


How Mo’s StoneX can help

If you’re interested in designing your own floating breakfast bar, Mo’s StoneX can help. With over ten years of experience supplying, manufacturing and installing high-quality Dekton, granite, and quartz worktops across the UK, we should be your first choice.

We offer our worktop materials in a wide range of colours, styles, and finishes. Whatever your interior design style is, we’ll have something for you. Our professionalism and ability to tailor our services to each individual client is unmatched.

Fill out our online enquiry form for a free quote today, or get in touch with our team to get started with transforming your kitchen!