White kitchen with leather dining banquette on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

I find dining banquettes to be one of the coziest (and most comfortable) ways to dine, and while they’re often built into a kitchen or breakfast room design, it’s easy to get this look without a kitchen renovation with some of the dining banquettes on the market. Of course you can always just pull up a sofa or settee to your dining table (like I did in my dining makeover here), but there are several key elements to consider when incorporating a banquette into your dining arrangement. First off, there should be no arms on the piece (or extremely low arms). This makes it easiest to slide in and out of the seat. The other key sizing rule to follow is to make sure the banquette extends beyond the width of the table, to allow for scooching in and out of the piece. Find my favorite examples of cozy banquettes in dining rooms and kitchen, and shop my favorite pieces below!


Green velvet dining banquette in a modern dining area via @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell – MY FALL PALETTE: GREEN, GOLD, AND MARBLE)

Dining banquette with bistro chairs and tulip table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Southern Living)

Blue dining banquette in modern kitchen design on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Champalimaud Design)

Modern dining banquette by Jeremiah Brent on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

Channel tufted dining banquette in glam kitchen on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)


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  1. I see these often at restaurants and cafes, but not as much in houses! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 10.5.17 Reply
    • It’s true they’re used to often in commercial design! They can be super space efficient in homes too so that’s always a plus.

      Posted 10.5.17 Reply

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