DIY Contemporary Breakfast Nook

Updated February 21, 2017

Dining nooks are becoming increasingly popular. This is primarily due to the fact that they are convenient; breakfast nooks are a seating area in the corner of a kitchen that can be used for dining, homework or family time in general. Sometimes, when life gets too busy, it's much easier to gather the family together for a quick meal in the kitchen nook rather than the formal dining room. You can create your own dining nook easily by simply finding the right furniture and set-up.


The best spot for a breakfast nook is in the corner of your kitchen, out of the way but still in view so that you can interact with your family as you prepare the meal if necessary. It is important that the space you choose for the dining nook is out of the way of the direct traffic flow, or it will only become a frustration to you. Measure the space to ensure its has enough room for everyone to sit comfortably while still considering windows, heating vents and doorways that can't be blocked.


Traditional dining nooks are made up of bench-type seating. Contemporary breakfast nooks, however, can consist of a small table and chairs, or even more modern alternatives. For instance, purchase a table with storage space underneath such as a wine rack or shelving to hold cookbooks. By making use of the space under the table, you may be able to accommodate your breakfast nook better. When choosing a table for your dining area, select one that is large enough for your whole family, even if everyone doesn't use it at the same time. On average, you need about 24 to 30 inches of width per person. So if you have a family of four, and plan for two people to sit on each side, you need a table that is at least 48 to 60 inches in length.


Though it is common to see breakfast nooks with benches, you can use regular chairs or a combination of chairs and benches for a more contemporary look. It's wise to measure the area to make sure the chairs won't block heat vents or windows, especially if you use benches. Of course, provide enough seating for every family member and, if you have room, add extra seats for guests.


When you create your own dining nook, the decor plays a major role in the feel of the area. Keep the centrepiece simple, perhaps just a casual bowl of flowers or a few candles. The idea is to keep the decor casual and inviting, with bright colours that match the theme of your kitchen and keep the area light.

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