Tips from a Kitchen Remodeler: Seamless Kitchen Banquette Integration

Do you prefer to cozy up in a banquette whenever you eat out in a restaurant? Why not have one in your own kitchen? On your next kitchen remodel, create the same comfortable restaurant seating you enjoy by having a banquette built into a corner or bay window.

Since banquettes are often located at the room’s periphery, they don’t take up significant space where people work or pass by while providing a seating capacity for six or seven people at the dining table. If you can imagine this much convenience in your kitchen, here’s how you achieve a unified and functional theme with your banquette remodel.

Match the banquette with the kitchen’s cabinetry

A kitchen banquette that mimics the design of the cabinetry can help achieve a more streamlined and polished look. Even a freestanding banquette can look built-in if it matches the cabinetry, lending your dining space a permanent and elegant ambience.

Go large, go small

Banquettes are commonly configured into three shapes—U, I, and L. The shape you choose can dictate the size of the table and the number of chairs you can use to complement your banquette. Pairing an I-shaped banquette with a big warm table with and a couple of chairs is the perfect choice for those who tend to host a lot of guests. Likewise, pairing an L-shaped one with an expandable table can be ideal if you’re looking for flexibility.

Mix materials for diversity

If uniqueness is what you’re going for, mixing materials can help you achieve a truly diverse look, which can be helpful in keeping the kitchen looking fresh and interesting. Using multiple materials can also help you maneuver tricky seating configurations. Talk to an expert kitchen remodeler if you find the configuration you have in mind a bit challenging to execute. They may be able to help you realize your idea or offer an equally effective alternative.

Sources:

10 Reasons to Love Banquettes (Not Just in the Kitchen), Houzz

7 Ideas for Kitchen Banquettes, Midwest Living

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About valleyhomeimprv

Steve Silverman is Cape Cod native with a BA in psychology from Bates College. He moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2004 and became a VP with VHI a year later, then bought the 20 employee company in 2013. He and his wife and two teenagers have a farm in Southampton where he spends time growing food and learning new ways to live in harmony with the land.

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