I have been obsessed with the idea of built-in dining nooks ever since I first read The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka many years ago now. There’s no space for such a nook in our current house, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about incorporating one into a future house somehow…or planning one for a client.
Round tables are perfect for dining nooks. It’s important to choose a table with a pedestal base to accommodate the largest number of seats and allow for sliding in and out. Legs at the corner just get in the way.
A long trestle style table works very well with a single sided bench as well as a U-shaped bench in combination with chairs along the open side.
Dining – or breakfast – nooks are often the perfect solution for a tight space. By using a bench along the wall, you gain back the precious two feet needed to slide a chair back without hitting the wall.
Corner nooks are especially cozy and a great solution for empty nesters or small families who prefer to eat casually.
There are so many options for different types of built-in benches. When I can, I like to incorporate drawers in the bottom of the bench for more storage. Another option would be a lift-up top. The benches can be built with a back (slightly slanted for comfort) or pillows can provide comfort as well as color and pattern. The variations are endless.
Check out more photos of dining nooks on my Pinterest board.