Over the years, breakfast nooks have become more and more popular in the design of contemporary homes for several reasons. They have an informal, cozy air about them; they are typically off the kitchen or dining room, providing an alternative to the formal dining room; and they are compact and convenient. Another great thing about a dining nook is that it can be a multipurpose space, because, when they are not used for eating breakfast, it is a great place to spread out the newspaper or keep the kids close by as they are doing homework. A breakfast nook is usually built into a corner or niche located near the kitchen. But if you want to skip the carpenter and the disruption associated with a renovation, you can design a breakfast nook without the built-in that will be a warm and attractive place you and your family will want to spend time.
Location! Location! Location!
The first thing you will need for your breakfast nook is a corner; a corner of the kitchen itself or somewhere nearby. Make sure that the location of your breakfast nook won’t disrupt the room’s traffic flow.
Measure the space. You will need to know the size of area you have to work with to make everything fit.
When taking measurements, don’t forget to factor in windows, heating vents, etc. Breakfast nook furniture generally consists of a table and benches or a combination of benches and casual dining chairs. You don’t want the height of the bench to block a window or obstruct the heating system.
The whole point of creating a dining nook is coziness and comfort. Select a table that will accommodate everyone. You will need approximately 24 to 30 inches (in width) of personal space for each person to be seated comfortably at the table while eating.
The Breakfast Nook Table
Decide what type of table you would like for your breakfast nook.
A standard dining table is typically 28 to 30 inches high and used with chairs that have a seat height of approximately 18 inches.
A counter height table stands around 35 to 38 inches off the ground and is used with seating that has a seat height 24 to 26 inches, such as counter stools or counter height dining chairs. A counter height table is also known as a gathering table.
Especially if the breakfast nook is a part of the kitchen or an extension of the kitchen and it will be visible, you will want to choose a breakfast nook dining set that matches or blends with the existing décor.
Breakfast Nook Seating
Breakfast nooks or dining nooks typically have benches combination seating comprised of benches and dining chairs. For the look and feel of a traditional built-in breakfast nook, start with a corner bench unit. The type of seating you choose to go with your breakfast nook table will ultimately depend on the size and shape of the area you have to work with. But above all, whatever type of seating you select, it should be comfortable and well-padded.
If bench seating isn’t quite your style or you don’t have the room for a corner unit, you can also furnish a breakfast nook with an informal dining set. The whole point of the exercise is to create a dining area that is fun, cozy and casual.