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How To Choose A Dinettes And Breakfast Nook

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Today’s hectic households and active families require comfortable spaces to grab a quick breakfast or gather for an evening meal. Dinettes and breakfast nooks provide the ideal spot for daily dining or family gatherings.

Ideal for small kitchens or tiny apartments, dinettes, and breakfast nooks are small kitchen tables or kitchen table/chair sets. These versatile pieces come in a variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and styles to fit your space and taste.

You’ll discover a world of possibilities when shopping for dinettes and breakfast nooks. To help you find your perfect table or set, we’ve created this handy buying guide to get you started. The terms dinettes and breakfast nooks are often interchangeably used, so we use both below.

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What is the difference between a dinette and a regular dining table?

Dinette tables fit in small spaces and typically sit between two to six people. Regular dining tables come in a wide range of sizes and seating capacity for 4 to 12 people.

What are the types of dinettes and breakfast nooks?

There are several choices in dinette types to suit any space. Fortunately, any size space can be accommodated by the dinette types below to create the perfect dining spot.

These are typical dinette tables with a fixed four-leg, pedestal, or trestle style base. The top does not extend or fold down. You’ll find these dinette tables in smaller sizes and in common shapes of round, oval, square, or rectangular.

Capri Blue Polyester Blend White Rectangular Manufactured Wood Three Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Natural Rectangular Pine Solid Wood Fixed Table Three Piece Nook Dining Set
Off White Acacia Solid Manufactured Wood Chocolate Polyester Blend Rectangular Six Piece Solid Wood Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Walnut Pine Solid Wood Rectangular Four Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Metal Steel Solid Manufactured Wood Washed Walnut Polyester Blend Rectangular Corner Three Piece Dining Set
Walnut Solid Wood Gray Polyester Blend Rectangular Four Piece Breakfast Nook Rectangular Dining Set

With its ability to expand outwards and accommodate more guests, an extension table allows for both casual dining and entertaining. Depending upon your space, expanding dinettes come in square and rectangular styles and expand to different lengths. For this type of table, you’ll want to have extra chairs tucked away to use when entertaining additional diners.

Plum Manufactured Wood Black Faux Leather Rectangular Five Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Gray Solid Manufactured Wood Polyester Blend Rectangular Five Piece Counter Height Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Mahogany Solid Wood Butterfly Leaf Three Piece Extendable Dining Set
Buttermilk White Cherry Butterfly Leaf Five Piece Extendable Solid Wood Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Mahogany Solid Wood Rectangular Butterfly Leaf Five Piece Extendable Dining Set
Gray Oak Solid Manufactured Wood Extendable Dining Table

These handy dinette tables come in wall-mounted and free-standing designs to accommodate different size spaces. These tables fold up when not in use and fold down for dining. Wall mounted tables are great to use in the tiniest of kitchens or efficiency apartments. The drop-leaf tables require a bit more space to operate and come with a single drop leaf or two drop leaves on either side of the table. They come in round, square, and rectangular styles.

Black Solid Wood Drop Leaf Dining Table
Natural Oak Manufactured Wood Drop Leaf Dining Table
Weathered Umber Rustic Black Solid Manufactured Wood Metal Iron Drop Leaf Dining Table
White Haven Light Oak Manufactured Wood Drop Leaf Dining Table
Natural Oak Manufactured Wood Swing Up Drop Leaf Dining Table
Black Oval Solid Manufactured Wood Folding Three Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set

What size dinette do I need to fit my kitchen?

The dimensions of your space should be used to determine the size of your dinette table or dinette set you will need. A general rule of thumb suggests leaving at least 36 inches between the table’s edge and the wall or other furniture. This allows enough room to walk around the chairs and those seated around you.

What materials are available for dinettes and nooks?

Many exciting material and finish options are available for dinettes and breakfast nooks. From wood to glass, you’re sure to find something to suit your décor style and tastes from the most common choices below:

A classic choice for the dining room, you’ll want to consider other wood elements in your kitchen to either provide high contrast or match the wood of the table. Dark wood dinettes with a fine grain such as cherry and mahogany tend to be more traditional and formal, while rough-hewn woods with a natural finish lend themselves to a rustic or industrial vibe. Sitting in between the two options above are medium to light woods such as oak or maple with a transitional aesthetic that tends to be more casual.

Gray Rubberwood Faux Leather Five Piece Solid Wood Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Bamboo Solid Wood Metal Steel Rectangular Four Piece Solid Wood Breakfast Nook Dining Set
White Solid Manufactured Wood Rectangular Three Piece Counter Height Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Walnut Solid Manufactured Wood Malaysian Oak Polyester Blend Rectangular Five Piece Dining Set
Gray White Washed Solid Manufactured Wood Rectangular Three Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Brown Cherry Solid Wood Rectangular Five Piece Counter Height Solid Wood Dining Set

The dynamic duo of glass and metal makes for a contemporary or modern style dinette ideal for today’s new homes and apartments. The glass top allows light to flow in and through the room, making it appear larger. The metal base can be found finished in polished chrome or stainless steel for a sophisticated look or raw metal or steel for a more industrial vibe. Glass tops come in several colors including clear, smoke, frosted, or black.

Black Metal Glass Rectangular Seven Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Black Chrome Round Tempered Glass Metal Stainless Steel Faux Leather Five Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Black Oval Metal Manufactured Wood Three Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Round Clear Chrome Metal Tempered Glass Five Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set
Black Espresso Oval Manufactured Wood Metal Steel Three Piece Compact Dining Set
Antiqued Charcoal Gray Metal Manufactured Wood Rectangular Three Piece Breakfast Nook Dining Set

Can I use booth or bench seats with my dinette or breakfast nook?

If your kitchen dining space happens to be in a corner, bench seating can be added against the wall to create an L-shape. A bench with a high back makes cozy seating, while a backless version is suitable for smaller corners. If using bench seating, a square table will need to be used to accommodate diners adequately.

Best Tips for Dinettes & Breakfast Nooks in Your Eat-In Kitchen

When it comes to choosing from all the dinettes and breakfast nooks out there, remembering a few simple guidelines and relying on the tips above will help you select the perfect dinette for you and your kitchen.