If there is one thing in the world that nearly everyone can agree on, it’s a breakfast nook. We can all agree that they are rather a luxury in a home, mostly because if you have a breakfast nook, you likely have a formal dining room as well. We can also agree that breakfast nooks are cozy spaces for everything from morning coffee to afternoon homework sessions. All you need to achieve this space in your home is a table, a bench, and a space in your kitchen to put them. The size of your table usually depends on the size of your kitchen but benches don’t have to be the complicated built-ins you’ll find in many breakfast nooks. Here are 30 ideas for your breakfast nook bench to help you create your new favorite Sunday morning spot.
Cozy Breakfast Nooks for Dining, Reading, and Relaxing
1. Thrifted Bench and Table Breakfast Nook
Sometimes a breakfast nook really is as simple as a thrifted bench and a table without a home. Just push them into an empty corner or nook in your kitchen, add a pillow and you’re ready to linger with your coffee.
2. Built-in Breakfast Nook
If you truly like the built-in breakfast nook look, go ahead and get out your woodworking skills this weekend. Two simple boxes with cushions on top will fill the corner like they were meant to be there all along.
3. Window Seat Breakfast Nook
Does your kitchen have a window seat? Then you are already halfway there. Find a table that fits perfectly in front of the seat and add some chairs on the other side. You’ll create the easiest breakfast nook ever.
4. Catch the Morning Sun in a Bright Breakfast Nook
Bright kitchens are a real favorite for anyone who spends time in theirs. Connect your windows with a long corner bench to catch all that morning sun in your breakfast nook.
5. Upholstered Bench Breakfast Nook
Many breakfast nooks have perfectly fitting cushions for the seats but that isn’t required. Go for a completely upholstered bench and your make your nook even more appealing for morning pajama hangs.
6. Make the Most of an Empty Kitchen Corner
You don’t absolutely have to have an empty corner to have a breakfast nook. If your kitchen is big enough, you can build it out into the empty space and use your kitchen’s square footage better.
7. Simple Stools and Table Breakfast Nook
In a smaller kitchen, it’s likely that your breakfast nook protrudes into the natural traffic patterns of the room. If you can’t get by on just a bench, add some stools that can be pushed under the table and out of the way when not in use.
8. Low Cabinets for Extra Seating and Storage
Are you lacking in woodworking skills but love the built-in bench look? Install low cabinetry instead. It might require ordering a custom size but it will give you extra seating and extra storage at the same time.
9. Restaurant Booth Breakfast Nook
Benches don’t need to line the wall to create a breakfast nook. If you have more adults gathering in your kitchen than little ones, build yours in a restaurant booth fashion for ease of use.
10. Round Table with a Curved Bench
It’s a fact that round things bring welcome diversity in rooms full of square shapes. So a round table with a curved bench will make a perfect breakfast nook in your kitchen full of square cabinets.
11. Breakfast Nook with a Beadboard Back
You’ll find that built-in cabinets and benches in original homes have a lot of character. Give your breakfast nook bench the same treatment with a beadboard back and a coat of paint that’s slightly different from your wall.
12. Add Extra Drawers and Cabinets to your Breakfast Nook
Looking for a way to bring more storage to your kitchen? Turn your attention to your breakfast nook. The bench is the perfect place to add some cabinets or drawers to store those things you don’t need very often but don’t want to get rid of.
13. Rustic Wood Breakfast Nook
14. A Comfy Bench Breakfast Nook by the Windows
Windows in kitchens afford so much opportunity. If your window isn’t lined by cabinets or a sink, push your favorite cushy bench up to it with a table, and you’ll instantly have a breakfast nook to rival all other nooks.
15. Add Natural Light with this Breakfast Nook
16. Add a Splash of Color with this Breakfast Nook
For the traditional decorators, you’re probably looking for a breakfast nook that is matchy-matchy for your traditional kitchen. Have a bench and chairs reupholstered in the popping color of your kitchen for the best effect.
17. Family Friendly Breakfast Nook
If you’re wanting to make your kitchen as family-friendly as possible, have your nook’s bench cushions covered in a patterned fabric. It will look fun while hiding all the crumbs and splatters from small kids.
18. Two-Toned Bench and Modern Breakfast Nook
Neutral colors play a big part in modern decorating so naturally, you would extend this to your breakfast nook. A two-toned bench is interesting and inviting while staying on par with the rest of your classy home.
19. Shiplap Walls for a White Breakfast Nook
How do you make your existing breakfast nook and updated farmhouse wonder? You add shiplap. To the bench, to the wall behind the bench, whatever flat surface allows you to ensconce the space in white linear glory.
20. Breakfast Nook for a Large Family
Yes, even your large family can gather at your breakfast nook for Saturday morning pancakes. Find the longest table ever and squish the little ones onto the bench for making some quality family memories.
21. Kitchen Nook Set
Once you have an idea of how you want your breakfast nook to look like it’s time to start looking for items that you can actually buy and add to this space. We’re excited to show you some of our favorites, starting with this kitchen nook set which is made up of five different pieces. It includes a table, a side bench, and a 3-section corner unit and it has a fairly simple and classic design with a little bit of detailing on it. All the different pieces have white bases and pinewood tops, a combination that’s both casual and elegant.
22. Classic and Stylish Breakfast Nook Set
You can also put together your own set using different individual pieces. It’s common for breakfast nooks to feature benches rather than dining chairs. This right here is a really nice bench with a classical and stylish design. It’s made out of wood and has a dark brown finish and it’s topped with a cushioned seat covered in faux leather with button tufting. The overall dimensions of this bench are 49.5’’W x 15.75’’D x 19.25’’H. It’s a great piece for a breakfast nook but at the same time, it’s a versatile piece that you can also add to the entryway, hallway, and other areas of the house.
23. L-Shaped Seating for a Breakfast Nook
It’s also common for breakfast nooks to have these L-shaped seating areas that wrap around a corner and the biggest challenge there is to find a unit that fits in the fact that’s available to you. Rather than looking for a single unit consider combining several pieces and creating your own custom combo. This example is a corner bench designed specifically to serve as a link between two other pieces. You can combine it with one or two matching benches and create an elegant and inviting dining nook. The dimensions of the corner bench alone are 26.5″ W x 26.5″ D x 35″ H.
24. Rustic 3-Piece Dining Nook Set
In case you’re going for a more rustic breakfast nook design, consider a set such as this one. This is a 3-piece dining nook set designed in a traditional style. It’s made out of wood and has all sorts of beveled details on it and it has an elegant and slightly formal appearance. The set includes a corner unit, a bench, and a table. The corner piece has built-in storage which can be accessed by lifting the seat. Everything is made out of pine wood.
25. Modern Seating Unit
Alternatively, if you prefer a more modern and simplified look, we recommend checking out this lovely bench. It’s not specifically designed for any particular space and as such, you can use it in lots of different ways, including as a seating unit for a small and casual breakfast nook. It has a large and comfortable top with a cushion and it includes three storage cubbies underneath. The overall dimensions of the bench are 35.9’’ x 15.8’’ x 17.7’’ and you can get the bench in four different finish options including espresso, ivory pine, taupe and weathered oak.
26. Traditional Solid Wood Breakfast Nook Set
If traditional design is in order, consider breakfast nook sets made out of solid wood and with a natural finish. This is a beautiful example. The set is made out of solid pine wood and includes a table, a bench, and a corner unit. It’s functional, but at the same time, it maintains a very elegant look thanks to all the style-specific details. The set is designed to fit in a corner and doesn’t include any storage.
27. Lightweight Breakfast Nook Furniture Set
A lot of corner units usually included in many breakfast nook furniture sets have rather bulky designs which aren’t necessarily great if you only have a small area to work in the first place. Of course, if you want something a bit more slender and lightweight-looking then there’s obviously no room for extra storage inside the benches and corner units. In return, however, you get to opt for designs such as this one. This is a complete set composed of a bench, a table, and a corner piece all featuring sleek metal frames and slim but comfortable tops and seats. The corner piece even includes a small shelf.
28. Corner Seating Unit for a Comfortable Breakfast Nook
Rather than opting for a complete set of furniture where all the pieces have matching designs, you can mix and match various different elements to create a more unique combination that suits your own style better. When it comes to corner seating unit, this particular model stands out. It has a really nice and elegant design, with a walnut wood base that’s mostly hidden and upholstered and a very comfortable seat and backrest surfaces in faux leather. The dimensions of this corner piece are 74’’W x 56.69’’D x 33.86’’H.
29. Simple Flat Top Benches
Here’s another combo that we really love. This one is composed of a table and two identical benches. It looks really breezy and it’s less bulky than most other breakfast nook sets simply by giving up on any built-in storage as well as the typical corner unit. Also, the benches are not upholstered and feature simple flat tops. You can add cushions for extra comfort. The tabletop and bench seats are made of particleboard, while the legs are made of heavy-duty steel with a powder-coated finish. The two benches can fit underneath the table in order to save some space when the table isn’t in use.
30. Charming Corner Unit for a Breakfast Nook
There’s also one more set that we’d like to show you today and this one features a lovely farmhouse style which is really charming. It’s composed of a corner unit, a table, a bench, and a chair which makes it a complete set. It’s made of composite wood veneers and solid pine and birch wood with a distressed finish. The corner piece is made of three separate units which can be configured on either side depending on the layout of the room and your design preferences. The longer and shorter benches are reversible which makes it easy to reorganize the entire set if or when needed. Also, the tabletop and the seats have a dark finish which contrasts with the distressed white surfaces and adds an elegant finishing touch to the entire set.
31. DIY Built-In Bench with Storage
This stylish bench will double up as extra storage in your kitchen or dining area and can easily be matched to a new dining table. Of course, you can customize this bench to fit your home’s decor by painting the wood a different color and adding colorful cushions to brighten up the space.
32. Boho-Style Breakfast Nook
If you are short of space in your home, you’ll love this boho-style breakfast nook. As you can see, this set can completely transform a dark corner of your kitchen into a place you will love spending your time. It’s great for enjoying your breakfast and can add additional space for working or reading in peace and quiet.
33. Cozy Kitchen Corner Breakfast Nook with Storage
If you have a smaller kitchen and want to make the best with the space you have, you’ll surely appreciate having plenty of extra storage with this breakfast nook that doubles up as a great place to store kitchen items or games. It’s a fun spot in your home to host a family game night or invite your friends around for drinks.
34. Farmhouse Breakfast Nook
This farmhouse breakfast nook features plenty of old house charm and has built-in shelves for extra storage. It’s a great spot for families with young kids, who’ll find it easy to add and remove high chairs as they are growing up.
35. Banquette Bench Booth
This DIY banquette bench booth is the ideal project for anyone looking to transform their home. It’s great for experienced DIYers who will enjoy tackling this project. Once finished, add any dining table set to fit you and your family’s needs.
All of these breakfast nook bench ideas will completely transform your home and give you a new spot to enjoy dining, reading, or working. They are great for expanding families and make the most of small unused corners to provide much-needed additional seating.