Breakfast Room Banquettes
You'll want to serve up pancakes every morning in this boothlike banquette that sits on a raised platform. Casual meals or fine dining fit the menu at this cozy gathering area. The wraparound bench, outfitted in comfy cushions, offers plenty of seating.
Natural wood takes an elegant, stylish turn on the exposed ceiling beams, table, and chairs. The white bench, walls, and ceiling paired with wood details and pops of red creates an adorable cottage-chic design. Large windows fill the space with natural light. Rather than trying to place chairs (which need space to be pulled in and out) on the ends of this table, the banquette was simply extended into a U-shape, creating two more seats around the table.
Saved by Slipcovers
Add a dash of crisp white to your banquette with slipcovers. In this casual banquette area, white slipcovers wake up old chairs and add a fresh breath to a space clad in warm rich wood tones. When selecting slipcovers, opt for ones in stain-forgiving and durable, washable fabric. When a "whoops" happens, simply treat the stain as needed and toss the slipcover in the wash.
A large banquette creates lots of functional seating in this kitchen. The wraparound banquette matches the beadboard wall and easily flows with the rest of the space. An easy-to-make DIY chalkboard gives personality to the nook and a padded striped bench provides seating acrosss from the window.
Bright and fun furnishings match the attitude of this sunshine-filled space. Curvy mod chairs gather around a clean-lined wood table with a warm finish to create a conversation of contrasts. The dialogue continues with differing fabrics: green-on-white dotted fabric cloaks the chairs and a subtle black-and-gray check covers the banquette. Since the patterns are understated, they look like solids from a distance and the subtlety ensures the fabrics harmonize rather than contrast.
When space is tight and there's no room for a dining room table, a banquette is a smart solution that results in a fully functional dining space. A bench backed up against a wall means you don't have to allow for space to back up chairs. Diners can simply slide in, and chairs can be pulled up to the outer sides of the table. Here, the table is supported by a center base, rather than four side legs, which allows for more moving space around the table.
Consider size and space when picking chairs for your banquette. While more substantial, upholstered chairs, such as these, are comfortable, often only two can be grouped around a small banquette table. Keep in mind the maximum number of people you'll want to be able to seat. If you think you'll need the maximum amount of seating, opt for chairs with a slimmer profile. Since this is an L-shape banquette, the extra leg adds an additional seat, providing plenty of seating with the two chairs.
Modern furnishings pair with country style for a banquette full of character. Here, three clear acrylic chairs contrast the bright tones on the banquette. A throw pillow-filled banquette offers more seating. When a banquette has a deep seat, ample throw pillows will provide back support for diners.
Turn casual dining into a sophisticated affair with gorgeous seating. An L-shape banquette bench adds chic appeal to this breakfast nook, thanks to crisp white upholstery and a tufted back and seat. Cushy seating creates a comfortable place for guests to park and chat with the cook during meal prep.
Marry the style of your banquette with your kitchen for a seamless transition between the two spaces. Drawing upon the ageless appeal of the adjacent kitchen, this banquette area is outfitted with checked upholstery, a custom table modeled after a French antique, and chairs with a pretty patina.
Wrapped with Boldness
This curved red banquette has an air of boldness. Combined with the kitchen's white cabinetry and light yellow walls, the red bench cushion and chairs have a distinct modern feel. The statement-making mod light fixture adds another fun element.
Solve space constraints and a need for maximum seating capacity with a drop leaf table. This kitchen was left without much room between the island and the window seat. With the addition of a drop leaf table, the leaf can be raised when extra table space is needed, and lowered to provide an adequate walkway when meals or gatherings are not in session.
In this banquette area, window-wrapped walls fill the space with natural light and plenty of white surfaces give the space an airy feel, providing an opportunity to take license with the color choices. Sky blue, seafoam green, and pistachio color the space and contrast all the white. While three shades may seem like a lot for a tight space, using hues from the same color range and in small doses ensures the space doesn¿t dive into color overload.
A generous-size banquette paired with fun and funky touches is a family-minded design. Straight lines offer a modern look and avoiding upholstery makes the space easy to clean. Brightly colored shelf accessories enliven the space. A map is unexpected artwork and adds a unique vibe to the space.
This compact breakfast nook got an elegant makeover with a pair of built-in banquettes and a narrow table. Everything is symmetrically arranged around the window for a beautiful view to the garden. Notice the angled seat design that makes it easier for people to get in and out of the banquette. The display shelf behind each seat offers a place for seasonal decor, and rich brown seats add contrasting color to the clean white space.
Instead of the standard table and chairs, this breakfast nook is outfitted with a stylish banquette. An elegant round mirror and wall sconces paired with neutral tones creates an ideal place for coffee with friends. At the same time, the cozy room infused with light from the French doors also makes the space perfect for casual family meals.
Bonus: Plan for Better Storage
Outside of the breakfast nook, add storage throughout your kitchen with these tips.