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.
Design Ideas for Banquettes
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.