Breakfast Nook Set

There are several important factors to consider when you are picking out the breakfast nook set for your kitchen. Not only do you need to pay attention to the dimensions and configuration of the room that will be housing the furniture, but also to the décor and style of the neighboring rooms, most importantly the kitchen. You will also want to consider the size and age of your family. Younger family members might be comfortable where older ones may not. Finally, you need to think about how much room you have in your kitchen for storage. The breakfast nook can come in handy if you are short on storage if you make the right decisions about the type of breakfast nook dining set you purchase.

The most important thing you need to pay attention to when choosing between breakfast nook sets is the shape and size of the room. The shape will determine the shape of your table and the size will limit the size of the breakfast nook table set. If your nook is just an extension of the kitchen and is rectangular or square, then a rectangular or square table would be most appropriate. However, some breakfast nooks are extensions of the kitchen but extend out into a half octagon. With this shape room you want to look into a round kitchen table. Once the shape is determined, you can turn to size. Measure the dimensions of your room carefully. Then, subtract three feet from each dimension to determine the maximum dimensions for your kitchen table. For example, if your room measures ten by eight, then the largest table you can accommodate is seven by five. The three feet is so there will be approximately eighteen inches of clearance between any edge of the table and any wall or divider. You need that space to pull chairs in and out.

Probably the next most important aspect to consider is the style or design of the furniture. This includes materials of construction, carvings, style of chair or bench, etc. If the rest of your home, including the kitchen is a more traditional or country style, then wooden tables and chairs are probably best suited to your decorating tastes. If your traditional décor is more formal then your chairs might have high backs with carvings and the table legs will be ornately shaped. However, if your traditional décor is more like shabby chic then the table and chairs will be plain. If you have a modern furnished home, then furniture made of chrome and leather would fit in better. The furniture in the breakfast nook should match the kitchen as much as possible. It should maintain the same color schemes in the cushions and placemats. If your backsplash has accent tiles of red and blue, chair cushions of the same color will set off the accents well.

Next, you might want to consider the size and age of your family. Large families with lots of small children will want to choose a corner breakfast nook set with plenty of bench seating so that they can accommodate the entire family comfortably. A corner breakfast nook set might not be appropriate for a family consisting entirely of adults because it is harder for them to slide in and out of the corner bench. Children have no problem with this task. Benches can seat more people than chairs. In fact, they sit three people for every two in chairs. In addition, corner benches are not pulled out as chairs are so you can actually fit a larger table in your kitchen nook space than if you use chairs.

On the other hand, if you do a lot of entertaining, then you should have mostly chair seating. People who are not as intimately connected as family members might not feel comfortable sitting next to someone else on a bench because bench seating encourages bodies to touch while chair seating ensures you have a personal protective bubble around you. Chairs are also more formal than benches so they are more appropriate for a room where you plan to entertain guests rather than just gather with your family.

The final consideration when you are picking out breakfast nook furniture is whether you have enough storage space in your kitchen. Most kitchens are always short on storage space and as a result, the counters overflow with appliances and the cabinets are bursting. If you have a breakfast nook set with storage space under the bench seats, you can move all the small kitchen appliances that you do not use every day into storage out of sight. They will still be close by if you want to use them, but they will no longer clutter up your counters and cabinets. Some other things you can store in your breakfast nook benches is extra table linens and large containers of food that would not otherwise fit in your kitchen. Until you have storage in the kitchen furniture set, your only other alternative was to store these things in closets or in the garage. The problem with closets is that things get piled on top of each other and it is hard to reach things. The problem with the garage is that you need to wipe everything down before you use it because of the possible contamination concerns with other things stored in a garage.

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Stainless Steel Countertops Pros and Cons

Pros

Cons

  • Heat resistant
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Blends well with any décor
  • Goes well with stainless steel sinks and appliances
  • Reflects natural and artificial light in order to brighten kitchen
  • Expensive
  • Easy to scratch and dent
  • Fingerprints and water spots make it look dirty
  • Noisy
  • Will dull knives if you cut directly on it

As you can see, there are both pros and cons to installing stainless steel countertops in your kitchen. In this post we will explore some of those pros and cons in more detail. All restaurant kitchens use stainless steel countertops because they are a good surface for cooks to work on. If you are interested in cooking, then stainless steel counters might be appropriate for your kitchen. They also look quite professional so you can give the impression that you are a serious cook if you want to. In terms of décor, stainless steel can go with any style of cabinets. It works well with wood as well as more modern materials. You can blend the countertops into customer stainless steel sinks or appliances as well. They are also a good way to make the kitchen seem brighter and larger because the stainless steel surface will reflect both natural and artificial light well.

One example of a positive of having stainless steel countertops is that stainless steel is considered heat resistant. It gets this label because you can put hot pots and pans on the surface without leaving marks behind not damaging the surface. Another positive is that stainless steel is an anti-bacterial surface because it is not porous. Since there are no crevices and hiding places for water or bacteria, the surface stays relatively clean. You do not need to use sealants to keep out bacteria or dirt. In fact all you need to keep your stainless steel counters clean is soapy water. Using harsh kitchen cleaners will mar the surface and leave behind stains.

The main disadvantage of stainless steel counter tops is the fact they are so expensive. You might pay anywhere from $75 to $150 per square foot for these countertops. There are definitely less expensive options, but the cost is on par with a good granite countertop. Another negative to stainless steel in the kitchen is the fact that it dents and scratches quite easily. Dropping something heavy on the counter is a sure way to leave a dent which cannot be repaired easily. Any time you drag something across the counter surface or accidently set a knife down incorrectly, you run the risk of leaving a scratch behind. Some people say that these scratches and dents add character, but I think that I only true after many of them are added over the entire surface. Until then, they are just blemishes.

Another negative is that it is very hard to eliminate water marks and fingerprints from stainless steel surfaces and their existence make the stainless steel counter look dirty even if it is not. In addition, working on a stainless steel surface can be quite noisy because every time you sit something down you make a loud clanking sound. Finally, some people like the fact that you can cut directly on the stainless steel surface, but if you do so your knives will become dull and useless. It is recommended that you use a cutting board.

Types of Stainless Steel Countertops

Whether you like the idea of stainless steel counter tops or not, there are several different types to choose from. Some of the stainless steel styles create more problems than others while some are easier to live with than others. For example, a mirror polished stainless steel counter will look terrible with even one fingerprint on it and it is almost impossible to keep it looking clean. By contrast, the brushed stainless steel will hide finger prints more and small scratches or dents often blend in better.

Other styles of stainless steel counter tops include quilted stainless steel or machine hammered pieces of stainless steel. The quilted counter tops have many small squares molded into the stainless steel. The surface is not smooth, but it is quite decorative. In fact, you actually see quilted stainless steel backsplashes far more often. The machine hammered stainless steel has small dimples hammered into the counter so that the surface you use has many small bumps. Again, the surface is not smooth, but is decorative. One negative that comes with these more decorative stainless steel counter top styles is the fact that they are harder to clean because there are many nooks and crevices for food and dirt to hide.

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