Banquette Dining Table

Banquette Dining Table

Before a redesign, this kitchen’s dining area was anything but cozy. After some smart planning by designer Jane Ellison, the stylish banquette that serves multiple purposes completely transformed the space. According to Jane, “Now the banquette is the most used area of the home for leisurely meals, work on laptops, games, art projects and homework. And with electrical outlets built into the banquette side, a much needed IT station is there when needed.”
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Banquette Dining Table

Inspired by over-the-top transitional wainscoting throughout the house, this banquette takes on a more streamlined, transitional approach. “This house started as a contractor build house, and this was the space that was allocated for the dining table,” says designer Stacey Cohen. “We wanted to maximize it and make it family-friendly, and the only way to do that was with a custom table. The clients loved the table top, and the tulip bases came from tables we found at Ikea. The top is stained in the same gray stain as the floors, which gave it a rich color without being too much of a dramatic change. The banquette pulls out on each end to store placemats and kids’ stuff.”
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Banquette Dining Table

Replace your chairs with a banquette. If your budget has the room and your kitchen the space, consider swapping your chairs for banquette seating. This is especially beneficial for larger families or those who like to entertain, as it provides much more room for seating.
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Banquette Dining Table

While redesigning an already narrow kitchen, designer Shirry Dolgin hoped to add a table without taking up a lot of space. “It was my goal to have a space that would allow the family to eat in the kitchen and not take away or make the kitchen feel small,” explains Shirry. “So instead of stopping the kitchen just after the sink and creating a peninsula with bar stools (the way it used to be), I continued a banquette and added the table and chairs.”
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Banquette Dining Table

Treat it like a sofa – Benches and banquettes can be built-in or freestanding and the latter can boast all the same details as a sofa. So if you want more luxe banquette than park bench, look for a design with a padded back, thick seat cushions and arms, for maximum comfort. This bench has been designed to suit the long and narrow proportions of the room, providing ample seating without eating into floor space.
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Banquette Dining Table

“The kitchen was designed as the main hub for gathering and entertaining large groups,” says the room’s designer, Joseph Stabilito. “The owners wanted to keep the rustic quality of the original house but also wanted a more contemporary feel for the newer sections of the home that would blend in. So we used natural materials like wood and stone to add warmth, but in modern profiles. They specifically wanted a place for casual meals like breakfast, so I designed a banquette tucked into the corner by a nice window.”

Banquette Dining Table

According to designer Barry Dixon, this home featured a charming Arts and Crafts/revival period style, which he hoped to maintain in his kitchen update. “The period lines of the banquette honor the home’s history, yet the modern fabrics and bright colors keep it all fresh,” says Barry. “Even the documentary wall covering was custom printed in bold citrus colors. In the end, this cozy corner feels casual and modern, yet reverent to a period home.”
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Banquette Dining Table

In addition to a kitchen table and island, designer Peter Salerno incorporated this quaint booth in his kitchen remodel in order to add a cozy spot for the family to dine. “The first cup of coffee in the morning was in the booth,” explains Peter. “The kids’ breakfast was served in the booth or on the island. Dinner was at the kitchen table with the family. For big family parties all three are used.”
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Designer Jil Sonia McDonald hoped to make the most of her client’s space while still incorporating a beloved vintage table. A white and tangerine window seat with built-in storage was just the ticket. “We started with the client’s existing round table,” explains Jil. “Initially she was going to just use chairs in this area, but I suggested that a bench with storage would be more practical and comfortable.”
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To make the most of an awkwardly shaped corner, designer Jane Ellison had to think outside of the box. “The walls are not right angles, so the bench and table are custom designed to fit,” says Jane. The Burmese carved wood mandala became the focal point in the space and mimics the Asian style of the custom table.
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I am trying to get a scale for these drum shades as shown in the photo. I realize the ceiling height must be at least 9 feet or more. – the shades look fantastic, really fantastic, in this room, but I am unsure if these shades will look too overwhelming with my own 8′ ceiling over my 80″x42″ table.
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According to designer Vanessa Deleon, for a family that loves to entertain, a built-in booth with island access is a great way to supply extra seating where everyone already gathers. “The island is always the heart of the kitchen, therefore people can congregate by the island and around the 30-inch high table versus a typical 36- or 42-inch bar. It’s especially nice with small children,” says Vanessa.
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Bright and open, this kitchen features smart zones for every activity, including eating. Designer Terry Kenney says, “The table was created using a stainless steel box for the leg and a piece of Cambria quartz as the top. To help tie it to the rest of the space, we lined the exterior edges with the same cherry wood that was used in the kitchen cabinetry. The kitchen features lots of natural light, bright paint and open space, making it a great space with a family-focused eating area – I love this kitchen!”