10 Banquette Seating Ideas for Your Kitchen
Add some relaxed perches to your kitchen-diner with space-smart cushioned benches
A protruding area in this kitchen has been utilised to great effect with banquette seating. Benches run along two walls to create a cosy corner right next to the windows that overlook the garden.
Bench seating is ideal in a corner like this, as it makes great use of all the space. It’s OK that the table is shorter than the banquette, as it provides more space for stretching out at the side.
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There’s a beautiful contrast between sleek modern finishes and natural materials in this kitchen, and the dining space is a good example.
An elm table and wood and leather chairs sit next to a simple white and grey banquette. The understated design of the bench seat helps to highlight the warm tones in the table and chairs.
There’s also some rather handy storage in this bench that can be accessed from all angles – drawers can be pulled out from either end, or the seat can be opened up like a chest.
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The bench in this kitchen gives a dramatic edge to the neutral space. A high back is upholstered in glossy dark green, which ties in with the emerald velvet chairs.
The bold design and rich colours are a striking contrast to the minimal cupboards either side, making this cosy area a focal point.
In this contemporary space, the designers have gone for a very simple banquette seat. A minimal pale wood bench sits along the wall, leaving room below for a neat tube radiator.
The design looks relaxed and informal in the space, with plenty of room for people to sit. Although this bench isn’t upholstered, bright cushions ensure it feels cosy and welcoming, rather than just functional.
If you have the opportunity to create a picture window in your kitchen, make the most of it by incorporating a bench seat.
Here, the wide windowsill is deep enough to double up as a comfortable seat with a view of the garden.
If you’re planning to spend a lot of time on your banquette seating, it’s worth making it as comfortable as possible. Consider fitted seat cushions as well as a padded back rest.
Here, the designers have upped the comfort levels by making the back slightly sloped. Household members and their guests can sit back comfortably on the cushioned seats, which have been upholstered in a soft blue fabric.
Circular tables work well in small spaces, as there are no sharp corners to bump into and more people can squeeze around the surface. Maximise the area even more by designing some banquette seating to follow the curve.
Here, a bench seat fits snugly into the corner of the room, allowing plenty of people to take a pew.
Storage beneath your banquette seating doesn’t have to be concealed – try a more open design like this one if you prefer. The spaces between the legs are perfect for tucking in essentials and accessing them easily.
The key to getting an open design like this one right is to choose attractive storage in a single style. These wicker baskets are ideal, as they fit perfectly in the gaps and look good, too.
Here’s a clever design: storage has been added on all sides of the bench seat. The designers have fitted attractive doors to the front of the banquette to hide any items stored underneath. They’ve also built a framework around the seats, and incorporated a shelf above and two tall units either side.
The construction not only provides some extra storage, it also adds a cosy feel to the seating area.
A banquette seat can even work in a small area, as this snug example demonstrates. The designers have made the most of a corner by constructing benches along both walls.
The seats give a relaxed, inviting feel to the space and have allowed a relatively small room to be turned into a kitchen-diner.
Are you thinking about building some banquette seating in your kitchen? Share your ideas in the Comments section.