Banquette Ideas to Elevate Any Kitchen Design

Naomi Watts has one. So does Patrick Dempsey. But star power aside, there are plenty of reasons to install a banquette in your kitchen or breakfast nook. More than just a bold design treatment, the cozy construction makes for a seating arrangement that’s more conducive to intimate conversation than the traditional table-and-chairs setup, much like the corner booth at your favorite restaurant. It’s also a great choice for families, as anyone who’s ever tried to get a squirming kid to sit still in a single seat can attest. Whether upholstered in a cheerful patterned fabric or classic leather, banquettes can even make a big impact in smaller spaces, where there’s limited room for a full dining area. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 stunning banquettes that will inspire you. From modernist benches to cushy booths, there’s one to suit every style.

The banquette and Saarinen chairs in accessories designer Fiona Kotur’s kitchen in Hong Kong are cushioned in a DeLany & Long outdoor leather.

Designed by Campion Platt, the sunny breakfast nook in a Hudson Valley, New York, home features a banquette in a Kravet vinyl, leather chairs from Ralph Lauren Home, and a custom wood-grained-vinyl area rug by Patterson, Flynn & Martin.

In the kitchen dining area of a New York townhouse designed by Delphine Krakoff, the table by Paul Evans is accompanied by a Pamplemousse Design banquette, upholstered in a Holly Hunt fabric, and Erwine and Estelle Laverne chairs; the pendant light is by Tom Dixon, and the marble floor is by Exquisite Surfaces.