Need a push to create a breakfast nook in your home? Here are five reasons for you to make the jump. From how you can hack it with upcycled materials, to the best fabrics to choose for an eat-in bench, this article gives you breakfast nook ideas you’ll want to explore even further. 

Sure, it’s great to have a massive eat-in kitchen complete with island seating for six plus a table that accommodates your family. However, if you live in a smaller home, condo or apartment, you may have to get creative. Enter the built-in breakfast nook—a great way to maximize space and gain extra storage. We asked an interior designer for tips and tricks to create a casual, cozy, stylish spot.

Breakfast Nook Ideas
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1. You get to pick your perfect design

To create a smart, efficient, welcoming breakfast nook, it’s worth consulting a professional designer who can help you find the best solution for your space, says Sydney Martin, lead designer at DOS Design Group in Coquitlam, British Columbia. 

“A lot of people don’t have formal dining rooms, so we get creative and incorporate breakfast nooks within the kitchen,” says Martin. 

“With the kitchen being the life of the home, there’s a lot more going on than just cooking and eating. Kids do homework at the table and people work from home there. Busy lives are a reality for most families, so a kitchen nook really creates an extra space that can be used for various reasons,” he says.

While having a corner and a window area for your breakfast nook is ideal, not every situation allows that, notes Martin. You can build a nook off an island or against any wall—even around the corner from your kitchen—to instantly create a functional, attractive space.

2. You can carve out more storage

“As soon as you incorporate built-in furniture, we love to make it double-duty with storage underneath so you can store blankets, pillows, dishes that you don’t use every day, a whole bunch of things,” says Martin. 

You can either have hinged bench seating that lifts up, or incorporate drawers or shelving with cabinet doors underneath the banquette, he adds. If you’re making your own breakfast nook, here’s a great DIY tip from Martin: purchase a pantry unit and flip it on its side to create your bench. Then, you can use baskets to store items, or buy shorter cabinet doors that match your existing kitchen. 

Breakfast Nook with Storage

3. You can add your personality to the space

There are limitless ways to inject your own style into a breakfast nook, says Martin. For example, you can pair an antique table with a modern floating bench. Shop in other rooms of your home or at flea markets to find furniture. For example, old church pews make great banquettes! 

“Not every banquette or table needs to be fixed; it can be furniture that really fits into the nook instead of doing custom millwork,” says Martin. 

To create an interesting vignette with your breakfast nook, hang a funky chandelier, and add a jolt of colour to a monochromatic kitchen with vibrant throw pillows or upholstered bench cushions. If custom upholstery isn’t in the budget, Martin suggests stapling inexpensive fabric to high-density foam to make a cushion. 

Breakfast Nook Perfect Designs
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Since nooks usually involve food—and therefore spilling of food— make sure you select fabric that can withstand lots of use, advises Martin.

“Polyesters or full leather are our go-to, because they’re high-wear fabrics if you’re sliding on the banquette a lot, or if you drop a soda, they’re easy to clean up,” he says.

Add Home Value to your Kitchen
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4. You can pack in more people

For homeowners who enjoy entertaining, breakfast nooks allow you to squeeze in more seating. 

“It’s a great space saver if we do an L-shaped banquette, a circular table, and then three chairs, on the other side,” suggests Martin. “It’s flexible: you can remove the chairs if you’re having higher traffic in that area or add them when you’re having a big dinner.”

Cozy Breakfast Nooks Perfect For Mornings
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5. It could add value to your home

A customized, built-in eating area could boost your property’s value, notes Martin.

“It adds character, value, and storage space. Plus it gets you away from that traditional kitchen table,” he says. “You can really play it up with light fixtures, colour, and fabrics.”

Incorporating a breakfast nook into your kitchen is a great way to add style, storage, and seating space to the area. Whether you’re adding in an entirely new component or just revamping what’s already there, the possibilities are almost endless when it comes to what you can do. 


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