Getting the most out of your kitchen involves more than just optimizing your storage or upgrading appliances. When every inch matters, the layout holds the key to maximizing space and this is true for small or large kitchens. One of the most overlooked ways to get more functionality out of this room is to add in a breakfast nook. You can use it for dining, as an alternate work space, or just a new place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a book. Plus, bringing in furniture gives you another opportunity to add style to your space, all without having to renovate. Curious about adding a breakfast nook to your kitchen? Here are our favorite tables and chairs that are perfect for this space.

Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood Trestle Round Dining Table

A round table is usually the best option for most breakfast nooks, as they can efficiently fit into a corner. The round surface has the maximum clearance (so you can easily get around it from every angle) and there aren’t any corners to accidentally bump into. Opting for a pedestal table is also a good move from a design perspective, as it allows you the maximum options for seating.

Mid-Century Modern 1960s Travertine Top Tulip Table

The breakfast nook also presents an opportunity to integrate a new material (and color) into your décor. This sleek mid-century table has a travertine top that introduces an interesting texture to any space.

Vintage Square Pedestal Wood Dining Table

If you have a dedicated breakfast nook in your current kitchen layout, you might find that a square table might make a better choice. Still, the same advice applies when it comes to the base – a pedestal is ideal for this type of space.

Holly Hunt Luna Leather Banquettes

Banquettes bring flexibility to a breakfast nook, allowing you to seat one (or many) on each. This leather design is a particularly sophisticated choice for a nook, bringing a little welcome luxury to a space that’s typically thought of only in terms of function.

Antique Early 20th Century American Arts & Crafts Oak and Leather Bench

For a traditional nook, a bench can be the perfect fit. Don’t overlook antique options: This wood-and-leather bench is well-crafted and sturdy.

Vondom Faz Chairs with Stainless Steel Legs

A breakfast nook doesn’t have to go in a traditional direction. Instead, add interest with bold, modern pieces – like these stainless steel chairs. Though you could use dining chairs that have arms, side chairs take up a little less space.

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