Design expert Katie Ridder suggests a breakfast nook with storage for your small kitchen as it doesn't take up much room and provides additional space for any kitchenware that is without a home. A breakfast nook with storage is usually crafted out of hard-wearing and durable solid wood. You'll find a lot of options fashioned out of pine or mahogany that will either be painted or finished in a veneer for protection. Some will open up to reveal lower storage under the seats that are upholstered in polyester, leather, microfiber, or vinyl. There are also breakfast nooks with storage that will have fabric cushions on top of the storage benches. There may be some with metal or steel supports and hinges for the lift tops. There is also a variety of hardware options available, including chrome and brushed nickel, if your breakfast nook with storage contains pull-out drawers.
Even in modern homes, there isn't always space for a formal dining room. But when you add a breakfast nook with storage to your kitchen, you're able to fully maximize your precious space, explains interior designer, Nick Olsen. Breakfast nooks with storage are often crafted out of weight-bearing solid wood featuring a corner L or U-shaped bench. These units are fashioned in a clever fashion with hidden or open storage compartments or shelving underneath the seating. There are metal hinges needed on the seats to allow them to open up to storage that's ideal for home goods, kitchenware, or even the kids' backpacks. For something a little different, you might also find a breakfast nook with storage that contains multiple drawers below the seats. If you find a breakfast nook dining set, there may be a matching table and chairs made out of wood, metal, leather, or even durable plastic.
Shawn Henderson recommends adding a breakfast nook with storage to your kitchen space not only for practical reasons, but to put a unique spin on your kitchen space that can be completely personalized. For instance, if you love a rustic farmhouse aesthetic, opt for a breakfast nook with storage crafted out of solid wood painted white with natural wood bench seating with a matching table. For a contemporary look, choose a breakfast nook with storage that's hidden in compartments under the sleek black benches and add a mixed-media table with a stone table top. And for more bohemian kitchen decor, add a variety of patterned and colored cushions to your breakfast nook with storage as well as mismatched chairs around the dining table.
Interior designer Young Huh explains that incorporating a breakfast nook with storage into your kitchen allows you to get creative in a variety of ways. For instance, if you have a breakfast nook with open storage compartments beneath the seating, you could use decorative baskets or even use them to house your family's footwear. The breakfast nook may also come with a matching dining table, chairs, or additional seating options which works well for a larger group of people. The seats and benches may be upholstered with easy-to-clean materials such as faux leather or vinyl which works well for daily cleanup. A breakfast nook with storage also gives you the option of adding accent pillows around the seating area that matches your home decor.