The banquette, made popular in the diner era, has made its way to the house kitchen for good reasons: It is space efficient, it’s customizable, and also for a family room, it just might be the perfect solution to any issue a child can throw at it.
Banquettes are seats tucked into a corner to save space in a corner or kitchen. They can be made in an L shape or as parallel benches, and can be used with or without seats. Whatever configuration you choose, figure on a minimum of 21 inches of seating and table width per individual and 18 inches of seating depth.
Architect David Burton advocates allowing a minimum of 7 feet by 6 feet to get a comfortable L-shape design with space for benches, a table and seats. You will also require clearance around the seats to get a comfortable walkway.
Burton’s company designed the banquette revealed here to get a galley kitchen remodel. Built by Mueller Nicholls, it includes a built-in bookcase for homework, art supplies and cookbooks. Because it’s located safely out of the cooking area, the banquette serves as a family gathering place that extends beyond mealtime. The base is constructed from cabinet drawers which match the kitchen alder cabinetry. The seat and back have the same wood in a complementary finish.
How to make it happen. The price of building a banquette varies dependent on several things. It can be expensive if it’s a standalone job versus part of a larger remodel. Additional storage will include price, as will higher-quality materials and finishes. Entrusting your design to an architect or interior designer can ensure that it’s consistent with the overall look and feel of the space. Turn it over to some cabinetmaker for the very best outcomes.
This spacious banquette from Design & Mitchell Wall Architecture was created as a member of a dining room. It is a very helpful extension of the kitchen however includes a more formal quality.
Its scale makes large family gatherings both manageable and comfortable. Adults get the seats, while kids easily jump onto kid-friendly chairs.
Hint: Pillows upholstered in a cheap substance can serve as boosters to attract smaller kids up to a convenient height.
Storage cavities beneath benches, in this instance drawers fashioned by Podesta Construction, ease quick stuffing of child clutter (toys, art supplies and people rapidly multiplying sippy cups) when unexpected company drops by.
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No matter who’s sitting, leaping or spilling on its benches, a banquette can still look fabulous long-term if it’s upholstered in an wipeable, nonstaining fabric like this vinyl from Robert Allen Design. Additional kidproof fabrics to consider are microfiber and outside fabrics from companies like Sunbrella.
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With easy accessibility to plastic cups, napkins, placemats and silverware inside banquette drawers, children can be tasked with age-appropriate chores like setting the table and unloading the dishwasher. This banquette out of Krieger + Associates Architects matches the rest of the kitchen pulls and Poggenpohl cabinetry.
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Though you can not keep a kid bubble-wrap safe, a banquette set around a round or an oval table like this Saarinen-style one can help mitigate those horrifying corner-to-forehead experiences.
Including a tall, cushioned back comparable to the one on this banquette out of Savvy Interiors can help keep small bouncers from hitting their heads. The height of the seat’s back along with a sophisticated pattern on the upholstery include glamour and drama.
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