Dining in the kitchen has become popular in recent times and there’s nothing like a banquette, which is the most perfect booth seating of them all. This type of seating adds a cosy vibe to the space working with a variety of design styles such as traditional and contemporary. They add character allowing you to dress them up and give a more practical idea than individual chairs.
Homes have become more casual today and this type of seating refers to built-in benches that are often found in restaurants and cafes. It is a much more cosy way to dine and they are showing up in many open-plan kitchens across the globe.
With a banquette, you can maximise the eating area while minimising the footprint of the area, this makes them ideal for smaller, tighter spaces. You don’t need to walk behind this type of seating, so it enables you to fit a dining table into an area that may be too crowded with a stand-alone table and chairs.
They can be designed and built into a breakfast nook or created with just a bench seat on one side of a table and placed underneath a window. The bench is then upholstered for maximum comfort with pillows that match the rest of the style.
It doesn’t just offer an efficient space but they also have another benefit of being built with lift-up tops or drawers to accommodate additional storage in the hub of the home. We all love more storage!
The Islington project has been completed with an L-shape banquette seating area that matches the cabinetry and ties the room altogether. With large mouldings, panelled walls, comfy furnishings and a solid table, this family space feels elegant and warm. The added mirror reflects the other areas of the kitchen making it feel more spacious.
Underneath the seating, there are additional pull-out drawers to maximise every inch of storage space.
Nestled in London’s busy but glamourous city lies our Mapesbury design, a J handle style with a twist and a bespoke banquette that is met with a Timothy Oulton table. There was no compromise on where this glamourous table would be located and with a careful design to not ruin the look of the fluidity of the outdoor views, decadent nights of sparkling conversations can begin. Carefully selected cream and beige tones make it one of the best seating setups we have seen!
We hand-built this banquette for our client in Golder’s Green, Barnet. With it being truly bespoke, it fits the space perfectly and adds an additional seating area to our client’s hub of the home.
This kitchen features our classic shaker on two floors. On the top floor, an L-shaped layout fills the space with an island in the middle and an additional breakfast bar that overlooks the space below. As you walk down the stairs a stunning solid wood banquette awaits you. It flows around the walls and creates an ideal banquette seating area in the new extension. A table and cushions just need to be added.
Hand-painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball, it transforms the room into a dramatic and enveloping interior space. This colour has proven to be very popular in our kitchens this year.
Brass hardware from Perrin & Rowe and luxury Carrara quartz worktops give timeless beauty to this stunning home in London.
With a bookcase to the right, this seating area also makes for the perfect place to unwind with a book!
At The Handmade Kitchen Company, we build bespoke benches and curved family seating that can match the rest of your kitchen and provide you with additional seats, carefully designed into the available space. Contact us today to find out more – we look forward to hearing from you.
First written on 24/11/20, updated 4/1/23