Kitchen Banquettes – A Charming & Practical Design Element

Just like Dutch doors and butler’s pantries, built-in kitchen banquettes adds practicality and charm to any space!

I don’t know that many people who have a kitchen banquette, but the one friend who does have it, loves it! And can I say how adorable it is?!

They are utterly charming! Kitchen banquettes, along with things like dutch doors and butler’s pantries, are having a bit of a renaissance – and I’m so glad!

They are practical; a great use of space, look and feel cozy, and work wonderfully with kids and families. Plus, did I mention the charm factor?!

kitchen banquette farmhouse style eat in kitchen blue and green decorDesign by Ingrid Leess via Country Living.


kitchen banquette antique lanterns farmhouse table buffalo check cushionsVia Better Homes and Gardens.


kitchen banquette antique lantern wicker chairs neutral decor charming eat-in spaceDesign by Nannette Lewis via New England Home.


kitchen banquette french country style eat-in kitchen breakfast area gorgeous iron chandelierDesign by Beth Ervin via Atlanta Homes.


kitchen banquette white room modern farmhouse style black steel windowsVia Jeffrey Dungan Architects.


kitchen banquette charming space beautiful chandelier wood windows and built in shelving

Design by Wendy Kirkland via Traditional Home.


kitchen banquette french country farmhouse style green striped roman shade french doorsVia K. Lewis Interior Design. 


kitchen banquette french country style eat-in breakfast area wood ceiling beams antique lantern stunning spaceOne of my favorites! Design by Mary Jo Donohoe via Traditional Home.


kitchen banquette farmhouse bistro chairs linen curtains white kitchen cabinets charming spaceVia Better Homes and Gardens.


However, for those of us (like me) who would love to have one, but either can’t or won’t do a built-in, the solution is to use a settee on one side of the table. It’s the perfect compromise because it gives you the same look as the built-in banquette, without all the pesky building!

This is one I may just do!!

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  1. I 💓 banquettes. I’m currently designing one into my barndominium plan. I just know it will be my go-to place for everything, from morning coffee to casual dining to journaling and craft making.

  2. NATALIE K says:

    I adore the banquets with adorable tables and chairs used!!

  3. Diane Kramer says:

    Absolutely love the banquettes! My husband grew up with one and I remember having a lovely feeling when I first saw his parents sitting and having coffee there! I just wasn’t sure how to incorporate one into our home…but now I see! However the hard part will be choosing just one….or….can I be creative enough to have more?!?
    We just built our retirement home but now after barely one year will be selling and relocating so will be looking at homes soon. I will absolutely be looking forward to incorporating a banquette into our next home!
    Thank you kindly for the inspiration!

    1. Oh I love that! How lucky that your husband grew up with one. I think they are utterly charming and I hope you get to incorporate one in your new home – I’d love to do it in my next one!

      Thanks for stopping by Diane!


  4. I have a small kitchen and the banquette works great for me. Love all these ideas:)

      1. Beautiful! Do you have any info on the small green drop leaf table in the K Lewis interiors photo? Dimensions, make etc?

  5. Roseann D'Elia says:

    One more beautiful than the next. I’m about to start a build..let the fun begin. this is a must for me. I had this in my Childhood home. Looking for French Country Cottage plans. any suggestions are so appreciated. Would love to see your layout Sheila,as I love your kitchen and living room. thanks for always be on time.

    1. Aww you’re so kind – thank you Roseann! My layout is pretty apparent in any of my kitchen posts – and no I don’t have a banquette! I love them though, and I’d love to have one in my next home!

      Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!


  6. Debra Lewis says:

    I just finished building a home , the banquet was a must have in my kitchen.

  7. Teddee Grace says:

    That Traditional Home photo is amazing. I love everything about it, the animal print on the chairs, the lantern, the fabric on the pillows and the “pin-up” lamps and recessed display areas. Tried the link but it didn’t work. I think the extra storage that banquettes provide is a real plus.

  8. I also have the Traditional Home featuring Mary Jo Donohoe’s newly built home. I love so many of her features of t his built in banquette… the window wall that almost feels like a painting, the shelving built ins, the swing arm lamps and of course, such a weaving of textures and soft warm colors!

  9. Suze Pfaffinger says:

    I love the pictures & especially the idea of using a deter on one side. I have two that would look adorable. Thank you for the decorating inspiration! Happy New Year!!

    1. Aww you’re so welcome! Happy New Year to you too Suze!


    2. Cecilia from Georgia says:

      I miss my banquette so much! We could open one of the seats and store stuff. Yes! I’m for bringing them back!

      1. Right?! They’re charming and practical – a win/win!!


  10. Alice Genzlinger says:

    I have been using a settee for at least 20 years as a banquette seat and love that look. I also designed a banquette in our house inside a bay window for a breakfast room. It is the most ideal place for coffee with friends or showing off the garden while having tea. Can’t wait to see how you use that idea in your home.

    1. I love that!! They are absolutely one of my favorites and would love to have one in the next house – fingers crossed!


  11. Great collection, Sheila! I don't think I could pick just one. I have several favorites. — There's nothing quite like a cozy banquette in the kitchen.


  12. Love these banquets and the details attached. There are several that I'd take in a heartbeat! Great post, Sheila.