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.

Dark gray-green and rich stained wood kitchen with a breakfast nook and built-in seating in a new modern farmhouse. A shiplap accent wall adds a farmhouse style to the dining area.

A corner banquette with Dura Supreme Cabinetry’s 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.

A built-in banquette seating area with Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

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

Photography by Picture Perfect House.

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

An L-Shaped Kitchen Island with a Breakfast Nook. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Michels Homes. Photo by Landmark Photography.

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 backside of the L-shaped kitchen island.

Full kitchen in Dura Supreme cabinetry, Designer Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design, photographer Kaunishetki.

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

Photographed by Kaunis Hetki

Another breakfast nook with drawer storage below the seat, 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.

A kitchen breakfast nook and home office combination with one large scale and artisitc light fixture.

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

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

A kitchen and dining room design with a built-in breakfast nook.

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

Stacey Lindstrom the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry and blog author for the Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog.

Stacey Lindstrom is the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Stacey has a degree in interior design and over 25 years in the kitchen and Bath industry. She has worked in all kinds of business platforms, from small dealers to online design and sales, and has worked with 20.20 Design software since 1997. Her first venture working with Dura Supreme Cabinets was way back in 1995, creating hand drawings for a dealer showroom. In the last 10 years, she has had her work showcased on episodes of Kitchen Crashers and Bath Crashers, as well as season 15 of Big Brother. As much as she loves designing spaces for clients, Stacey enjoys training and educating on product and design as well, and draws from her own expertise as well us blunders over the years to help Dura Supreme and its dealers.

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