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Fresh Looks for Banquettes

One of the most popular requests for many homeowners is a banquette – a space anchored just off the kitchen and defined by a restaurant style upholstered bench with a table placed in front. A banquette provides a spot to sit down for breakfast, grab a quick snack, catch up on reading or homework, or serve a casual supper. Enjoy these fresh looks for modern banquettes in the home!

Carve out your own banquette space with tufted sofettes paired with a corner piece – easy to wipe down leather or stain resistant fabrics make the most sense in places where you dine. Pedestal tables allow for greater clearance and a wicker chair adds welcome contrast.

tufted sofettes and pedestal


Create a spot you’ll return to on a daily basis with a built in that adds practical storage and architectural interest. Choose cabinet styles in an traditional or contemporary style and layer with comfortable cushions and pillows; suspend a drum shade above for modern appeal.

banquette style


A U shape banquette is extra cozy! Consider upholstering not only the seat cushions but the back supports for long lasting comfort and a freestanding bench on the opposite side.

gray upholstered u shaped banquette


A corner with a view is always the perfect place for banquette seating. Tucking built in benches into a niche with a garden or city view guarantees the space will be a favorite in the home.

banquette with view


With so much snacking occurring in a banquette space, the cushions can become soiled quickly. Invest in removable versions and upgrade every few years when budget permits with fresh and fabulous prints.

modern fabric on banquette


Think outside the box and create a banquette dining space along any blank wall. A streamlined slipcover and a few stylish pillows set the scene coupled with any dining table and a pair of chairs on the opposite side. 

slipcovered banquette


Browse even more built in banquette ideas here!


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  3. I’m in love with the tufted sofette in the first photo — who makes them???

  4. I’ve been looking for sofas like the first pic forever!!! Where are those from????

  5. Where would I find the tufted sofette with corner piece?

    Thank you so much!

  6. Great post. What beautiful spaces as well. Kate, can these be done in a cozy corner of a large living room dining room space. My second floor is open and has high ceilings built sand cabinets but it’s got wasted space that I’d love to do this with. But I’ve already done a day bed with rug table in the kitchen which is open to this space with a bar area that curves the kitchen.
    Please let me know. My favorite is that first picture.
    Thanks. Keggy

  7. Did anyone ever get an answer on where to purchase that tufted sofette set with the corner chair? I can’t find anything like it..

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