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Benefits of Kitchen Banquette Seating

Kitchen banquette seating is becoming increasingly popular in modern kitchens, and for good reasons. This versatile seating option offers many benefits, including increased seating capacity, improved storage options, and a stylish and comfortable design that can enhance your kitchen’s overall look and feel. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of kitchen banquette seating and offer tips on incorporating it into your kitchen remodel.

What is Kitchen Banquette Seating?

Banquette seating is a type of built-in seating typically located in the corner of a kitchen or dining area. It consists of a long bench built against the wall and a table placed in front of it. Banquette seating is usually made from wood or upholstered in a fabric that complements the kitchen’s decor.

Benefits of Kitchen Banquette Seating

1. Increased Seating Capacity

One of the primary benefits of kitchen banquette seating is that it provides additional seating capacity for your kitchen or dining area. The seating configuration can accommodate more people than traditional chairs or stools, allowing you to make the most of the available space in your kitchen. This option is especially useful if you have a small kitchen or frequently entertain guests.

Before this kitchen had an outdated light fixture, oval table that seats four, and outdated furniture.
The goal of this Portland whole house remodel was to align the functionality of the spaces with daily living.
Now this space has turned into a kitchen banquette that seats 6 people. Built in bench for comfortable seating and updated lighting fixture to modernize the space.
The built-in banquette seating works well for the family, especially since their children are homeschooled and use the table for schoolwork.

2. Make Better Use of the Breakfast Nook

Give purpose to your bay window breakfast nook during your kitchen remodel. Adding built-in banquette seating will add functionality and refresh the 1990s design trend.

Before this dining space had an awkward set up for the family and was not functional.
This 1984 Lake Oswego kitchen featured an angled bay window breakfast nook.
Now this space has turned into a kitchen banquette with built in seating with easy flow from the kitchen to the dining.
During the kitchen remodel, our clients selected to build-in a custom bench seat to the breakfast nook, which ties in the kitchen to the adjacent family room.

3. Improved Storage Options

Another advantage of kitchen banquette seating is that it offers improved storage options. More storage areas can help keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free. Many banquette seating designs include built-in storage compartments underneath the bench to store table linens, serving dishes and other kitchen essentials.

Custom built-in kitchen banquette with walnut flat panel cabinetry for a more midcentury look.
The kitchen in this Beaverton whole house remodel now features banquette seating in the nook. The bench seats can flip up and house the family’s collection of board games.
Built-in breakfast seating with built in storage to better optimize this area in this Lake Oswego kitchen.
For this Lake Oswego kitchen remodel, we created additional storage in the built-in benches. This seating design allows the natural light to pour through and see below into the family room on a different level.

4. Stylish and Comfortable Design

Kitchen banquette seating is also known for its stylish and comfortable design. Banquette seating can be upholstered in various fabrics and colors, allowing you to choose a design that complements your kitchen’s decor. The bench seating also offers a comfortable and supportive place to sit, making it a popular choice for families with children or those who like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Before the casual dining was a round table with four dining chairs cramped in a corner near the kitchen island and perimeter.
Before the renovation, this 1990 Lake Oswego kitchen was cramped, with the nook table blocking the sliding door to the deck.
Now this casual dining has turned into a breakfast banquette with build in bench for additional seating and room for easy flow from dining to kitchen.
Now, the built-in banquette seating in the nook provides ample seating while also tucked away next to the new glass door and windows.

Rethink Your Kitchen Seating Options

In conclusion, kitchen banquette seating is a practical and stylish addition to any space. Not only does it offer a comfortable and cozy place to enjoy meals, but it also maximizes the use of space in the kitchen, making it more functional and inviting. When incorporating a banquette into your kitchen remodel, consider the style, shape, and size that will work best for your space and lifestyle. Customizing the banquette with storage, cushions, and upholstery can further enhance its usefulness and aesthetic appeal. If you’re interested in incorporating this feature into your kitchen design or looking for other ways to add functionality to your home, reach out to Mountainwood Homes. Our experienced team can help you come up with creative and personalized solutions to meet your specific needs and preferences.



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