Get The Look: Build A Trendy DIY Breakfast Nook On A Budget

Breakfast nooks and banquettes have been slowly gaining popularity over the last few years. But built-in booth seating can be quite expensive to build. In fact, building a breakfast nook often happens in conjunction with a larger kitchen remodel or not at all, since custom bench-style seating can be such an undertaking. The good news? In 2019 this trend is taking on a new face: using mix-and-match standalone seating rather than custom-built benches. This creates a more relaxed, casual look – and one you can get on a budget.

Built-in banquettes are beautiful, but they can cost a pretty penny - much more than you'd need to build your own (by Charlie Barnett Associates)
Built-in banquettes are beautiful, but they can cost a pretty penny – much more than you’d need to build your own (by Charlie Barnett Associates)

Why It Works

The biggest expense associated with building a breakfast nook is having the actual seats built and installed. Even simple wood benches need to be sturdily built to support the weight of multiple people; upholstered ones can be even pricier. Skipping the installation process entirely not only significantly cuts down on the total cost of the project, but also gives you a little more freedom to play with design. Upholstered benches can be fun and funky, and add personality to your setup without sacrificing comfort or seating capacity. You might consider unanchored seating a drawback. But good benches are about as sturdy as a sofa and easier to replace or reposition if you want to update your look.

Get The Look:

Depending on the size of your space and the final look you want,┬áthere are a few ways to obtain booth-like seating without paying to have it built. The easiest option is to aim for an attractive, cushioned bench. These range widely in size, color, and style; the really showy ones work great as a statement piece for your kitchen. Most benches, though, fit against one wall rather than in a corner. Corner benches aren’t unheard-of, but they are a bit rarer; be aware that you might need to supplement with additional seating. You can also look for dedicated corner chairs, which you can combine together or supplement with matching modular parts to “custom” build a bench in whatever shape you need. Add a dining table and enough chairs to fill it, and you’ve got a free-standing breakfast nook – no contractor needed.

2019 is definitely a year for making high design more affordable and accessible; for building spaces that are comfy, cozy, sleek, and chic. So even if you don’t have a big budget to burn, consider a more more wallet-friendly breakfast nook or banquette to give your kitchen a homey, inviting touch.