Banquettes are a versatile option for eating spaces, whether in the kitchen, a breakfast nook, or dining room. They can be designed to fit in small spaces, or they can be expansive to seat many diners. Banquettes are versatile and can be laid out in not only a square but a U shape, L shape, or half-circle, as well. Plus, banquette furniture options vary -- you can combine the comfort of bench seating with chairs and plan your banquette around a square, circle, or rectangular table.
When choosing a table for a banquette, consider the table's legs and how diners will maneuver in and out of their seats. Consider a pedestal table. Diners can easily scoot around a table that doesn't have legs around the edges. A table with a base in the middle, such as the table in this U-shape banquette, is also a smart design to avoid knocking knees.
Add a banquette to a peninsula instead of a bar seating. For safety reasons, this setup works best with peninsulas without cooking appliances. Guests can still face the kitchen and converse with the cook, but the banquette is better suited than barstools for dining with family or a group of friends.
Use a window seat as a banquette bench; add a table and chairs to create an intimate eating area. Plus, a sunny window seat area brings in pleasant views and plenty of natural light.
Play up a corner space with an L-shape banquette. The design offers two legs of bench seating plus the option to pull up more chairs. Here, the bench extends beyond the table to make scooting in and out easier. Cushions on both the back and the seat of the bench maximize comfort.
Banquette benches are usually recessed into nooks or into a wall, but here, the bench is tucked between two built-in cabinets, which adds a boothlike feel to the dining area. A round table makes pulling up extra chairs easy.