I’ve loved banquettes ever since I was a little girl. We were traveling to visit relatives and along the way stopped at a restaurant that had these enormous round booths. It was the first time I ever sat in one. And it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Granted at that point I hadn’t seen much, but it had quite an impact on me. For years I kept begging my mom to put one in our house. Alas, in all the houses I’ve owned I haven’t had a banquette. But I will one day. In the meantime, I like to collect pictures of them. When the time comes to build mine, I’m going to be ready! Here are a few from my “collection”.
Banquettes for Inspiration
2 The bench seating in this dining area offers more seating than if an ordinary table and chair were used.
3 Rather than having a breakfast bar and stools, if you have the room add a bench and small round table.
4 Uneven lengths on the slats add such interest to this space. The curves on the lower section help soften the straight lines of the slats.
5 Retro anyone? Bold red and chrome look at home in this mid-century modern design.
6 Warm wood tones and lots of pillow make this corner a special spot to relax and enjoy a bite to eat.
7 In narrow rooms that also function as a thoroughfare, placing a table in front of a window seat is the best way to optimize the space.
8 Substantial cushions along the back insure that guest will be most comfortable when visiting.
9 One tiny little nook, but tons of style! Windows and lots of light visually expand this eating nook.
10 Coordinating fabrics give this room a cohesive design.
11 White walls and black cabinetry bring a touch of elegance and sophistication to this eat-in kitchen spot.
12 Exposed brick, original wood floors, and beautiful molding – what more could you ask for?
13 A banquette doesn’t always have to be in a corner. It takes center stage in this dining room.
14 In place of lots of toss pillows, two long pillows offer a cleaner, simpler look.
15 This table is given much needed support and style with a thick table leg that is encased with the same molding that is used in the rest of the house.
16 The banquette in this home has gone totally coastal! Pops of color and fun lights add to its fresh appeal.
Besides looking fabulous, a banquette is functional too. You can build (or buy) one so that the space beneath the seat can be used as storage. Another great feature is that they take up less floor space than a standard table and chair set. This is a real plus if you want to seat several people, but the area isn’t very large.
Which banquette is your favorite? Do you have one in your home?