Getting the most out of your kitchen involves more than just optimizing your storage or upgrading appliances. When every inch matters, the layout holds the key to maximizing space — and this is true for small or large kitchens. One of the most overlooked ways to get more functionality out of this room is to add in a breakfast nook. You can use it for dining, as an alternate work space, or just a new place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a book. Plus, bringing in furniture gives you another opportunity to add style to your space, all without having to renovate. Curious about adding a breakfast nook to your kitchen? Here are our favorite tables and chairs that are perfect for this space.
A round table is usually the best option for most breakfast nooks, as they can efficiently fit into a corner. The round surface has the maximum clearance (so you can easily get around it from every angle) and there aren’t any corners to accidentally bump into. Opting for a pedestal table is also a good move from a design perspective, as it allows you the maximum options for seating.
The breakfast nook also presents an opportunity to integrate a new material (and color) into your décor. This sleek mid-century table has a travertine top that introduces an interesting texture to any space.
If you have a dedicated breakfast nook in your current kitchen layout, you might find that a square table might make a better choice. Still, the same advice applies when it comes to the base — a pedestal is ideal for this type of space.
Banquettes bring flexibility to a breakfast nook, allowing you to seat one (or many) on each. This leather design is a particularly sophisticated choice for a nook, bringing a little welcome luxury to a space that’s typically thought of only in terms of function.
For a traditional nook, a bench can be the perfect fit. Don’t overlook antique options: This wood-and-leather bench is well-crafted and sturdy.
A breakfast nook doesn’t have to go in a traditional direction. Instead, add interest with bold, modern pieces — like these stainless steel chairs. Though you could use dining chairs that have arms, side chairs take up a little less space.