There’s just something inviting and homey about a breakfast nook. It’s the perfect spot for morning coffee, afternoon tea with a friend, or a place to sit and make your grocery list. You don’t need a big kitchen, or even a built-in space to have a nook. Any open space near the kitchen can be transformed into a cozy seating area that’s charming, fun and practical.
First, think about your space. If you’ve got a long, narrow space, opt for a rectangular table, or even a bench and console table. If the space is truly tiny, consider a round bistro table and two small chairs. Make sure there’s enough space to move around, you generally need 30” to 36” to maneuver a chair comfortably. On the tabletop, a traditional setting needs a space at least 20” wide by 15” deep to allow plates. For the record, you can go smaller, for example, it is possible to comfortably seat two at a tiny 24”-round table, but that’s about as small as you can go.
Now that you know how much space you actually have, decide how you want to use it. If you plan to have family meals in your nook, you’ll need a more substantial table. If your vision is a cozy spot for coffee, then you might even skip the table and opt for a comfy chair and side table instead. It’s really entirely up to you, but your daily use will determine how you decorate the space. A breakfast nook might also be a perfect spot for your home office. The possibilities are endless.
When it comes to style and decorating your nook, it should harmonize with the room it’s in—but it doesn’t have to match exactly. Your nook should look like it belongs in the space, but it should also feel like it’s a space of its own.
How do you like your nook? Is yours a crisp, formal space perfect for entertaining your best friends? Or is it a cozy, casual space filled with things you love where your family gathers to share a meal?