Trending Now: Banquette Seating

Dreaming of a breakfast nook or looking to maximize space? The answer to your kitchen seating conundrum may be a banquette.

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  1. Nifty Nook

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    Alcoves, bay windows, and unused corners are all good spots for a banquette. Upholstered benches and a simple pedestal table transform this cozy corner into a breakfast nook that doubles as a workspace.

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  2. Cottage Style

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    Pedestal tables are best for banquettes, because they keep knees from knocking into table legs whenever anyone climbs in or out. This angular design is both practical and eye-catching.

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  3. In Full View

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    Bay windows are traditional sites for banquette seating, and a semicircular design makes practical, elegant use of this sunny space. Two side chairs increase the table's flexibility and capacity—and they look great, too!

    traditionalhome.com

  4. Crafty Corner

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    A great appeal of banquette seating is its efficient use of space, as in this inviting kitchen corner. If you are placing a banquette in front of windows, be sure the windows are a good 24 inches off the floor to allow for a seat height of 15 inches.

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  5. Sneaky Storage

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    Although this kitchen alcove could accommodate a full table and chairs, an L-shaped banquette offers the clever benefit of under-seat storage.

    traditionalhome.com

  6. Red-Hot Retro

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    Fans of retro kitchen styles will find much to love in banquette seating. Here, bold red upholstery lends this mint-green kitchen the spirit of a '50s diner.

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  7. Streamlined

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    Not all banquettes need to have cushions or even throw pillows to be stylish. In fact, where young children are concerned, less can often be more. This playful, easy-to-clean banquette proves the point.

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  8. Modern Dining

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    Banquettes can make good use of an otherwise unused space—this small stretch between a wall and cabinetry, for instance. Easiest to clean is leather or vinyl upholstery.

    marknewmandesign.com

  9. Breakfast Booth

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    Installing a banquette in the space formerly used as a walk-in pantry allowed designer Susan Klimala (of The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn, IL) to accommodate a large island and ample storage elsewhere in her kitchen.

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  10. Fluid Dynamics

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    A table with a banquette on one side and chairs on the other offers the best of both worlds.

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