{I love} kitchen banquettes

Every so often I see an idea that makes me want to rip out our pretty-much-brand-new kitchen and start again from scratch. My most recent obsession is banquettes (or built-in seating as it’s otherwise known). Perfect for families, these integrated seating solutions tick a lot of kitchen design boxes. Comfy seating, relaxed and informal, space saving (built-in bench-style seats take up a lot less floor space than traditional dining chairs), child-friendly (a much safer alternative to too-high bar stools at a breakfast bar), extra storage (beneath the seats) – I just can’t see many disadvantages.

Researching the best designs out there for a recent work article didn’t help my craving. U-shaped, L-shaped, curved, attached to the back of island units, under windows – the clever designs are endless and have caused many an episode of staring into space as I daydream about a way I could retrofit one into our kitchen.

So while I continue to find images that tease me with their design greatness, I shall keep trying to come up with a trick to magic one into our home. Until then I’ll just have to daydream.

20130510-192407.jpgCompact banquette

20130510-192432.jpgBanquette as divider

20130510-192459.jpgU-shaped nook

20130510-192539.jpgOld-school bench banquette

20130510-192611.jpgWindow corner

20130510-192633.jpgIsland-cum-banquette

20130510-192704.jpgCurved design

20130510-192718.jpgStraight bench

Image credits:
1. Bobvila
2. Remodelista
3. Carla Lane Interiors 
4. Apartment Therapy
5.  Design Sponge
6.  Decor Pad
7.  House and Home
8.  House to Home

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