7 Essentials for a Kitchen Banquette

Today is dedicated to one of my favorite tricks in the kitchen- the banquette.  I’ve talked about this before.  We know it’s a great space saver, plus a way to add style and comfort to the kitchen.  But do you know the right depth, or fabric, or shape that could work in your space?  Read on!

1. A corner banquette is the ideal space saver.  The table can tuck much closer to the corner than it could with chairs.  
Since two sides of seating are so cozy, you can have a little fun with the loose chairs.

Windsor Smith
2. A round table is best with corner banquettes for easier maneuvering in and out of seating area

Better Homes and Gardens

3. Don’t skimp on seat-depth.  Do a full 24-30” for maximum comfort.  You will not be able to sink into an 18” deep banquette.
4. Banquettes are great in spots where the windows are too low to accommodate kitchen cabinets.

Kate Spade
5. Choose the right material- Many fabrics can be laminated for easy wipeability.  Sunbrellla/Outdoor fabrics are another smart way to go.  
If you go for a standard fabric and there is a stain, don’t fret, and don’t clean it!  
Call a professional service- they can get most stains out as long as you haven’t messed with it first.

Mona Ross Berman/Trad Home

6.  Play up the drama!  If there is room for a back to the banquette, make it a little higher than standard or introduce an interesting shape.  
The banquette is sure to be a focal point in the room, so make it really special.

7.  Attach your banquette to your kitchen island.  Some kitchen layouts do not have room for both an island and a kitchen table. 
By attaching a bench to your island, you are eliminating an aisle for traffic flow (and no seats will be pulled out, obstructing traffic either.)

Brynn Duggan
Tobi Fairley
  1. flo

    I want to put a banquette in my kitchen. I just don’t know where to find the person that does these? Can you give me some ideas? Carpenters? Upholsterers? Don’t know where to look.

    • Naomi

      I would talk to a carpenter, upholsterer or designer. It depends how much of the work and planning you want to do yourself. Many upholsterers have frame builders, but not all.

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  3. These dining areas are all beautiful! My favourite is the one with the white oval table and the fancy centre banquette. Fabulous!

  4. Lynn

    Excellent round up and style tips for banquets!
    Lynn from Decor Arts Now

  5. Ooh! There are some really good ones here. I’m trying to get my sister to put one in in her kitchen. Good tip on the depth!

    • melcog

      Gotta tell you, I disagree with seat depth. I LOVE my banquette (24″ deep), had it for 25 years, but I’m remodeling my kitchen and going to go with 20″ to 22″. 24″
      was just too deep.

  6. Erin

    I really need for you to come to my house and install a banquette… such great ideas here!

  7. I really wanted to do a banquette in our kitchen alongside the island, but it will block the main route between the sink and the fridge so it’s a no-go. Maybe someday. Love the pics!

  8. Hannah

    I will definitely have a banquette in my future home. I absolutely HATE eating at the table — primarily because it’s so uncomfortable! So I end up on the couch with my tv trays. 🙂

  9. Completely loving these tips. I am wanting my parents to do one in their new kitchen, so I will have to save this post for reference/ideas!!

  10. I REALLY want a banquet but I don’t think I have the right layout. If you had a window that ends only a foot off the ground would you put a banquet there? Great tips!

  11. These are some really fabulous ideas!! I like the idea of a high backed banquette – it kind of reminds me of a headboard which can be the focal point of the kitchen and bedroom 😉 Very detailed post… thanks!

  12. You were reading my mind!!! I’m so excited about this post. I want a banquette attached to the island…and these photos help so much, as well as the seat depth and all of that….FAB! Some of these are going to my future home board on pinterest 🙂

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