Custom Built-Ins that Fit Your Space

 

The Banquette… Lots of Seating in a Little Space

 

Low on space but you need to accommodate ample seating in your dining area, instead of a table and chairs that require additional space to walk around, consider a built in banquette.  Because its slide in seating draws inspiration from a restaurant booth, the banquet offers additional seating in spaces you thought might be just a little too tight.  Place one in a corner, up against a wall, backing up to cabinets or create one as its own room divider to add functional seating and a custom design element in one.

When designing a built in banquette, keep some of these key design elements in mind.

  • Seating Size and Shape:
    • A banquette can be designed in whatever shape or size fits the space and desired function.  With a custom built piece the possibility may seem endless, however, most come from modifications of four basic layouts.
      • The Straight Line – Usually located along a wall or bank of cabinets, the straight line creates linear seating for a single side of the table.  Best when designed for a rectangular table.
      • The L Shape – The L shape is designed at a corner, creating seating on two sides of the table.  This shape works well with a square, rectangular or round table.
      • The U Shape – Offering 3 sided seating, this layout creates the most seating in the smallest spaces, but you do end up doing a lot of sliding in to sit.
      • The Curve – This layout can take different shapes, but creates a variety of seating in a more organic design.
  • The Additional Storage:
    • As opposed to a chair, a banquette offers the opportunity to design storage into your seating area.
      • Consider a lift seat if you want to store table linens, pillows or other bulky items that quickly accessed from the top.
      • If you are looking for more cabinet storage for cookbooks or seasonal items, open cubbies, or closed cabinets can be designed to access from under the table.
      • You can also design end bookcases built into the seat base, if your ends are accessible.

 

Written By Patrick Finn

Patrick Finn
Patrick Finn was born in England and raised in Ireland. He began working as a carpenter in England at the age of 18. Soon after, he achieved Master Craftsman status and became recognized for his integrity, attention to detail, devotion to old world craftsmanship, and his genuine personality.