Kitchen banquettes can be customized to integrate seamlessly into a layout, add hidden storage and do what they've always done best: provide an intimate spot to gather and connect. Here are seven ideas for adding kitchen seating banquette-style.
If space is tight, opt for a pedestal table that leaves plenty of leg room. It's a smart choice for this luxe corner banquette. While chairs require more clearance, the bench, upholstered in durable faux leather, sits flush against the wall.Tip: Plan for a 36-inch walkway between table edges and any work surfaces, like an island. If chairs are at the table, widen the space to 44 inches.
A built-in storage wall elevates this traditional-style banquette from breakfast nook to multipurpose corner. Drawers built into bench seats stow linens. Mixing dark and light finishes creates elegant contrast.
Ornate wood pedestals support a vinyl-clad banquette in the eating nook of Chicago architect Elissa Morgante's kitchen. "I definitely recommend diversity of materials," she says. "It makes keeping a kitchen fresh and interesting easier."
For streamlined style, design a banquette that echoes the kitchen's cabinetry. A mod corner unit and upper storage mimic the slab cabinet door style. The banquette's end drawers wear the same hefty hardware. Leather cushions are sleek and easy to clean.