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.
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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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!
Although this kitchen alcove could accommodate a full table and chairs, an L-shaped banquette offers the clever benefit of under-seat storage.
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.
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.
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.
A table with a banquette on one side and chairs on the other offers the best of both worlds.
If you are interested in more about kitchen design, consider:
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