A kitchen banquette is an upholstered bench located in the kitchen area that serves as seating on one or more sides of a kitchen table. Curved banquettes are used with round tables. Banquettes can be built-in or freestanding.
Kitchen banquettes provide comfortable seating using a minimal amount of space. Banquettes are often tucked into a corner to create an eating nook without the need for extra clearance space around the seating or table. Diners enjoy the coziness that is reminiscent of a diner booth. A banquette is a good way to add an eating area to a kitchen without the cluttered appearance of a standard table and chairs. Comfortable banquettes also provide a place for guests to hang out nearby while the host finishes preparing the meal when entertaining.
Banquettes soften the harsh lines of modern kitchens, and are often built to take advantage of bay windows or windowed alcoves. Banquettes can be a good solution for awkward corners during remodeling projects. Some banquettes have seats that lift up to provide access to a storage space or built-in drawers. Others are built to accommodate storage shelves or niches for decorative items. Some banquettes are built to serve as room dividers between the kitchen area and another area of the home.