For many years the kitchen has been considered the heart of the home – a place where family and friends can gather for great food and good conversation. Kitchens have opened up, allowing more light to flow through as well as the family to feel more connected. Let’s face it, we’re feeling more connected than ever before – maybe even too connected, and our kitchens have morphed into spaces not just for cooking and eating, but also for studying and working.
Kitchen remodeling is at a high right now with the consumer looking for more seating options. Most of the time, kitchen seating consists of bar stools at an island or peninsula, but built in “banquette” seating can be another great option to incorporate into the design. Built in seating can offer comfort as well as storage with the addition of drawers or a hinged top. Below are several examples of built in banquettes created by our network of talented Dura Supreme dealers and designers.
A simple built in banquette in this bright alcove offers lots of seating on three sides for the table of this eat in kitchen.
This design features informal seating at the island as well as the built in banquette for more formal meals.
This kitchen has so much WOW going on! A beautiful center banquette adds coziness to the room with access from both sides. The additional bar seating makes this room a great space for entertaining.
In addition to providing a comfortable and cozy place to sit banquette seating can add storage with drawers below the seat or a tip up wood top. These can help store board games and puzzles for family game nights, or keep coloring books, crayons, and crafts handy for the kids as meals are being prepared.
This two-tone kitchen features a built in banquette on the back side of the L-shaped island.
Another nook banquette with drawer storage, a contrasting wood top and plenty of windows to enjoy the backyard scenery.
This corner room offers informal seating with drawer storage along with a desk area for those days when working from home.
The built in banquette and island seating of this kitchen make it hard to decide where to enjoy that morning coffee!