50 Custom Cozy Kitchen Dining Nooks with Built-In Seating (Photos)

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These are awesome. 50 custom kitchen dining nooks with built-in seating. The perfect casual and cozy family dining designs.


Nook dining table with built-in bench in kitchen

You’re in for a treat if you like cozy nook seating.


This is our premium, custom-built kitchen dining nook gallery.  While you can buy breakfast and dining nooks, you’ll notice the custom designed and built varieties are truly spectacular.

Not only do they look nicer, but they’re much larger so that you don’t give up comfort with a nook dining area.

While some dining rooms have built-in seating, this type of set up is far more common in kitchens.  The most common arrangement is off to the side of the kitchen built under a large window, in a corner or in a bay window area.

That said, we also do feature some innovative kitchen island nook seating arrangements.  These are really cool too.

Here’s our full and growing photo gallery of nook dining tables.  Be sure to bookmark this page because we regularly add to this.

Photo Gallery

Dining nook in kitchen

Dining nook in kitchen. Leads to huge deck and then the sandy beach on Lake Michigan.  See entire home here.

This dining nook features a built-in curved sitting that's paired with a metal dining table. It is situated underneath the glass windows covered in roller blinds.

This dining nook features a built-in curved sitting that’s paired with a metal dining table. It is situated underneath the glass windows covered in roller blinds.

A dining nook with a U-shaped built-in seat that matches the dining table with white cushioned chairs. It is lighted by a drum pendant along with natural light that flows through the white framed windows.A dining nook with a U-shaped built-in seat that matches the dining table with white cushioned chairs. It is lighted by a drum pendant along with natural light that flows through the white framed windows.

A bright orange dining nook accented this modern kitchen. It has a curved velvet seating and a light wood dining table illuminated by a gorgeous pendant light.A bright orange dining nook accented this modern kitchen. It has a curved velvet seating and a light wood dining table illuminated by a gorgeous pendant light.

A dining nook across the stone island bar showcasing metal dining table and round back chairs along with a built-in seating fitted with red leather cushions. It has panoramic windows overlooking a stunning ocean view.

Cozy dining nook by the glass paneled windows with a built-in seating topped with blue cushions and fluffy pillows. It includes a black metal dining table lighted by a white pendant.

This white kitchen boasts a dining nook with built-in seating that’s fitted with storage at the far end behind the marble top breakfast island.

Classy dining nook lighted by a lovely red chandelier that hung over the round dining table surrounded with built-in seating that’s wrapped with white tufted cushions.

A white dining nook sits in front of the dark wood breakfast island in this airy kitchen. It has a built-in seating topped with patterned cushions and matching pillows.

Designed by: 2e Architects

A white dining nook sits in front of the dark wood breakfast island in this airy kitchen. It has a built-in seating topped with patterned cushions and matching pillows.

A bright dining nook decorated with gallery frames mounted above the built-in seating accented with bright pillows. It includes a rectangular dining table and white chairs with gray cushions.

An open floor plan house with a dining nook in the corner next to the fabulous kitchen. It has a carved wood built-in seating and wooden dining table topped with a decorative bowl.

This dining nook features a rich wood built-in seating with black leather cushions along with a wooden table that complements with the peninsula and cabinetry.

Classic dining nook fitted in the corner with white shiplap walls and wide wood plank flooring. It has a wooden dining table surrounded with U-shaped built-in seating and a pair of stylish mirrored chairs.

An all wood kitchen with a dining nook by the glass window offering a built-in seating fitted with white leather cushions and wooden dining table with matching chairs.

Designed by: Marmol Radziner

An all wood kitchen with a dining nook by the glass window offering a built-in seating fitted with white leather cushions and wooden dining table with matching chairs.

This breakfast nook showcases a sleek round dining table and built-in seating filled with fluffy pillows. It has hardwood flooring and glass windows covered in white blinds.

Sleek dining nook beside the kitchen with gray walls mounted with a small wall art. It also has white framed glass windows covered in wicker roman shades.

A fancy chandelier illuminates this dining nook along with natural light from the glazed windows. It has beige tufted benches facing each other with a white dining table in between.

Charming dining nook with hardwood flooring and triple windows covered with blue dotted roman shades. It has a round dining table paired with high back chairs and white built-in bench lined with sectional cushions and pastel pillows.

Natural light streams through the glass windows in this dining nook with metal dining table and built-in seating filled with pillows.

Fresh dining nook illuminated by a caged chandelier that hung over the round dining table surrounded with built-in bench and wooden chairs that sit on a green rug.

Gorgeous dining nook with glazed windows covered with lovely valences matching with the pillows that lay on the L-shaped bench. It includes a black metal dining table and a beige skirted chair over wood plank flooring.

Blue breakfast nook features a built-in seating surrounding the dark wood dining table lighted by a white dome pendant.

Beige breakfast nook designed with a yellow wall art that’s mounted above the marble top dining table in between matching built-in benches.

Elegant breakfast nook showcases a black tufted built-in seating paired with a black metal dining table that’s illuminated by a classy chandelier.

Cozy dining nook with a built-in curved seating filled with various styled pillows. It is paired with a round dining table and beige stools lighted by a vintage chandelier.

A glass pendant light that hung from the wood beam ceiling illuminates this dining nook boasting a wooden dining table and built-in chairs with floral patterned cushions.

Classic dining nook with white built-in bench fitted with striped cushions and sits below the glass windows covered with floral roman shades. It is accompanied by a rich wood dining table that complements with the hardwood flooring.

A dark wood dining nook with gray pillows is attached to the island bar maximizing the space in this kitchen with white beadboard cabinetry.

This kitchen offers a dining nook in the right corner decorated with a huge wall art that’s mounted above the green bench accented with coral pillows.

Multi-colored vibrant pillows lay on the white built-in seating in this dining nook with dark wood dining table and glass paneled windows.

Spacious white kitchen features a dining nook beside the breakfast island topped with a marble counter. It has a built-in bench and wooden dining table illuminated by a pendant light that hung from the coffered ceiling.

Galley kitchen with a dining nook at the far end showcasing beige built-in benches and a light wood dining table in the middle.

Contemporary kitchen with a dining nook boasting a built-in bench attached to the white cupboard. It has a modern dining table and chairs lighted by wall sconces that are mounted on the window’s sides.

This dining nook is situated in the corner of the kitchen and by the glass windows overlooking the outdoor view. It has white built-in seating along with a wooden dining table and black round back chairs.

White dining nook decorated with lovely fish wall arts that hung above the built-in seating fixed to the white peninsula and fitted with patterned sectional cushions.

Warm dining nook offers a dark wood dining table surrounded with beige cushioned chairs and a brown sofa topped with red pillows.

Elegant dining nook boasts a gray tufted built-in seating along with a wooden dining table and skirted high back chairs that are illuminated by candle sconces and a classy chandelier that hung from the round coffered ceiling.

An all wood kitchen with a dining nook fixed to the white marble top island bar featuring a round dining table and wingback chairs.

A hexagonal pendant light illuminates this dining nook along with black sconces mounted on the wooden paneled walls. It has a built-in seating fitted with gray cushions that complements with the modern chairs.

An airy dining nook showcases an L-shaped seating and a round dining table with orange cushioned chairs that sit on wood plank flooring.

White dining nook situated in the kitchen’s corner and accented with a patterned tile flooring. It has built-in seating fitted with dusty blue cushions along with a round dining table and modern white chairs.

Deluxe kitchen boasts white cabinetry fitted with brass pulls and a dining nook by the glass windows with built-in seating illuminated by a contemporary chandelier.

Beach style kitchen with a dining nook in the corner offering a white dining table and gray tufted built-in bench accented with coral and blue pillows.

This dining nook features a rustic dining table with black chairs and wood plank built-in seating topped with red cushions and fluffy pillows.

Well lit kitchen showcasing a dining nook in the corner with green patterned comfy chairs and a sleek white dining table topped with a lovely bowl.

Charming kitchen with a dining nook in the corner that sits beside the open shelving. It has a built-in curved seat and a round dining table with beige cushioned chairs.

An alcove dining nook boasts a wooden dining table and built-in seating filled with neutral pillows. It faces the dark wood breakfast island lighted by fancy glass pendants.

A drum pendant light illuminates this dining nook with a huge dining table that sits on a beige textured rug. It is accented with a teal cushioned bench topped with wavy pillows.

This kitchen offers a wood plank peninsula that matches with the cupboard and built-in seating of the dining nook. It is lighted by a pair of glass globe pendants that hung over the wooden dining table.

An eat-in kitchen with a dining nook by the glass windows featuring white beadboard seating and a wooden dining table with matching chairs.

A cozy dining nook across the two-tier peninsula and in between display cabinets. It has a built-in seating accented with blue patterned pillows and a wooden dining table with ornate cushioned chairs.

What is a dining nook?

The issue we faced when planning out this gallery was deciding on how broad to interpret dining nooks (a.k.a. breakfast nooks).  The broader definition would be some small, cozy dining area off the side of a kitchen, often in a corner or bay window area so that it’s a dining area in a nook style.

However, determining precisely whether a dining area is actually a nook without some built-in component is too vague.

Besides, in our view, when people are looking for nook dining designs, they really want the built-in table with bench in a kitchen.  This is the narrow view of nook dining and since it’s more precise (in our humble opinion), that’s what we included.

However, we totally understand if you disagree with our narrow definition and so we also published a complimentary gallery featuring “in-kitchen dining designs” which includes all other in-kitchen dining arrangements.  This way we cater to everyone with a more narrow view as well as those of you with a broader view.

By splitting up the galleries, we are of the view it’s much easier for everyone to find exactly what they want.

Finally, if you wish to check out 1,000’s of amazing kitchens, check out our full kitchen design gallery.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Space-saving dining area.  Because they’re often in nooks such as bay windows or corners, they don’t take up as much space.  The built-in beach seating definitely helps with this.
  • Looks so cool.  Even if you don’t like sitting in booths, you have to admit that when done well, they look great.  It’s a novel kitchen design element.
  • Kids love them.  Kids get a kick out of booth seating so you if you have young kids, they’ll get a kick out of your nook dining area.
  • Comfortable.  If built large enough, it’s hard to beat plush booth seating when it comes to comfort.
  • More people in less space.  Since some of the seating is bench seating, you can usually squeeze in an extra person.
  • Convenient.  Because it’s in the kitchen, it’s very convenient to set the table, deliver food and clean up.
  • Storage.  Some built-in benches include storage underneath.  Anytime you can add storage to your home, that’s a big plus.
  • Plenty of light. Because they’re typically built in bay window nooks or in corners with plenty of surrounding of windows, the natural light is plentiful.

Cons

  • Uncomfortable. If too small, they can be very uncomfortable especially for bigger people.
  • It’s permanent. You’re stuck with it.  If you end up not liking it or prefer a larger dining table in your kitchen, you’re kind of stuck because it’s built in.  Of course, you can rip it out, but that’s not as easy as swapping tables.
  • Expensive.  Custom built nook dining areas can be costly.
  • More space than breakfast bars.  While nook dining is efficient space-wise, they do take up more space than a breakfast bar on an island or peninsula.
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