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 corner banquette designed by Dura Supreme with our decorative panel Boot Bench

A simple built in banquette in this bright alcove offers lots of seating on three sides for the table of this eat in kitchen.

Design by Stephanie Frees of Plain & Posh Distinctive Cabinet Design | Westmont, IL

Photography by Picture Perfect House

This design features informal seating at the island as well as the built in banquette for more formal meals.

Design by Michels Homes | North Oaks, MN

Photo by Landmark Photography

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.

Design by Aaron Mauk of Mauk Cabinets by Design | Tipp City, OH

Photo by Dawn M. Smith Photography

 

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.

Design by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design | Stuart, FL

Photographed by Kaunis Hetki

Another nook banquette with drawer storage, a contrasting wood top and plenty of windows to enjoy the backyard scenery.

Designed by Ispiri Design • Build | Edina, MN

 

This corner room offers informal seating with drawer storage along with a desk area for those days when working from home.

Design by Megan Courtney of Cabinetstyle, LLC | Coralville, IA

The built in banquette and island seating of this kitchen make it hard to decide where to enjoy that morning coffee!

Design by Trisha Gaffney, AKBD of Avenue 52 Designs with Collaborative Interiors | Mercer Island, WA

 

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