Corner Dining—A Buying Guide

Chelsea Nook

Chelsea Nook

Corner dining is all the rage. Once considered a tad country or a bit too traditional for modern families, people are rediscovering the benefits of this type of informal dining. Open kitchens can be ideal for a nook like these tables create.

Corner dining provides a host of advantages for families with young children. Bench seating can accommodate more people than more formal tables and chairs. The large table and comfy banquet-style seating are perfect for both eating breakfast and doing homework. Additionally, the proximity of these tables to the kitchen allow a parent who is cooking to chat with a child who is coloring or working on homework.

Soda Shoppe Nook

Soda Shoppe Nook

When picking your corner nook dining furniture, keep a couple of things in mind. First, examine the style of your space and ask yourself what kind of space you are trying to create. Do you want a diner-type feel? If so, perhaps you want to make a bold move and go retro with Homestyles’ Soda Shoppe Complete Breakfast Nook. For a more traditional and understated look, select Linon Home Decor’s Breakfast Nook. If trying to create a comfy country space, opt for Linon Home Décor’s Chelsea Breakfast Nook.

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

If you are not looking to provide a lot of seating or a family-friendly atmosphere, a high-top table can be a fun option for corner dining. Tall tables surrounded by barstools create a more contemporary look. They are also a much more casual option for urban homeowners who prefer take-out to buffets. I like Linon Home Décor’s Tavern Set with Drop-Leaf Table in espresso finish.

Drop Leaf Tavern Set

Drop Leaf Tavern Set

In lieu of formal dining rooms, corner dining nooks are an interesting alternative. Whether creating a gathering space for a family or a dining area for adults, corners are perfect spaces for accommodating casual seating and eating.

—Betsy Head
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