When you begin to furnish your breakfast nook, it is important to consider how many people you want to accommodate and how much space you have available. Another consideration is the style or personality you want the room to have and what will fit well with your kitchen design. Still more, you need to consider the comfort of the people who will enjoy the space.
If you choose chairs for seating, then your will be able to accommodate four to six people. An alternative seating arrangement is benches that easily can hold eight to nine people if you sit close. Another benefit of the bench option is that they take up less room than chairs.
The L-shaped bench is a very common option. The L-shaped bench is just as it sounds. An L-shaped bench sits in a corner with the table moved up to it. You can then fill in the rest of the seating with additional benches, or chairs in any combination. Using additional benches will provide more seating space because you can fit a bench for three in the same space occupied by two chairs.
In addition to providing more sitting space, benches also provide other space saving benefits. Most benches will come with storage compartments underneath where you can store small kitchen appliances, art supplies, games or linens. These storage compartments are very convenient if you have limited counter or cabinet space.
Benches can be either a pro or a con when you are thinking about your decorating style. For better or worse, benches tend to bring up images of farmhouses and countrysides. You want to make sure that the benches will compliment the rest of the dcor in your kitchen and home.
Think of the breakfast nook as an extension of your kitchen. If you have decorated your kitchen with black marble and stainless steel appliances, then wooden benches will seem out of place. However, if your walls are decorated with homemade arts and crafts and you use checkered linen, then the benches will fit in nicely.
A possible down side to using benches is that they can be uncomfortable. If only your family gathers in your breakfast nook, then the close seating arrangements forced by benches should not be a problem. However, if you entertain people in this are of your house they might find the close courters uncomfortable. It is very intimate to sit with your legs touching and that is a distinct possibility when you sit on benches. It might be a good idea to use a combination of the L-shaped bench and chairs if this is a concern for you.
Another reason to use a combination of chairs and benches is that chairs are more comfortable for larger people. The surface area of a chair provides more support for bigger people. The comfort of your guests is important enough to give up some of the advantages of bench seating.