Make use of hidden storage inside the banquette of your dining room or kitchen. The wood-frame construction of the bench yields unused space beneath the seat. Consider these options for banquette storage and get ideas for storing your stuff.
Access a banquette interior by adding a hinged door on the bench seat, open drawers in the front or sides of the base, or cabinet doors that swing open to reveal space inside. Other banquette storage options include bins that tilt out?or leave the base open so the contents remain on view in baskets or bins.
If the seat lifts like a lid, be sure it's equipped with a special hinge that safely holds the lid open when needed and closes slowly?especially if children will be using the storage.
Banquettes with storage can hold a wide range of items, including:
� Table linens
� Decorative pillows
� Paper party products, such as plates and napkins
� Children's games and toys
� Craft supplies
� Pet food and gear
� Books and magazines
� Seasonal kitchen gear
� Household filing
Organize banquette drawers using divided inserts or vertical dividers; baskets or bins made of canvas or metal can be used to corral small items behind cabinet doors or on the shelf of an open banquette base.
Create a Baking Cabinet
Convert an entertainment armoire into a station for preparing pies, cakes, and other homemade baked goods. Insert a piece of corkboard within a paneled door. Refer to tacked up recipes while you work. Store dry ingredients in glass or acrylic canisters with sealed lids. A coat of magnetic chalkboard paint transforms the back of a door into a handy spot to jot down shopping lists and reminders. Fill magnetic tins with spices or cake decorating details. Hang pretty bakeware along the back of a cabinet. Reinforce a waist-high shelf to serve as a workstation. Ceramic crocks corral all your frequently used cooking tools. Drop cooking racks and trivets into a lined basket for quick transport to the counter. Fit a low drawer with wire dividers to sort pans and baking sheets. Preparing homemade treats is easier when you dedicate a cabinet to all your baking supplies.