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banquette seating in dining room with leather dining chairs and green wallpaper

The Best in Banquette Seating for Dining Rooms and Other Spaces

Banquette seating for dining rooms always makes me a little weak at the knees. So today I wanted to share some of my fave ideas with you – for dining rooms and other pockets of your home.

I love a booth when I go to a restaurant or cafe. I hate sitting on the side with the chair, with my back to the room. I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember. Are you the same?

Not only do I not like the idea of someone coming up behind me, but I also just love the cushy comfort banquette seating brings with it. It’s a warm embrace. A hug from mum. There’s truly nothing more glorious than curling up on a plush banquette seat and reading a book or sipping a red wine. Ideally, both at the same time, right!?

As you’ll see in my little showcase of banquettes I’ve found across the world wide web, variety is king. There are just so many ways to do this type of seating. I’ve counted 23 different looks in this post alone!

Enough from me for the moment. Scroll on through and take in the style goodness. PS the stunning image above is via HGTV. I’m smitten.

built in banquette seating in dining room with striped fabric

Banquette Seating for Small Dining Rooms

I love a banquette seat in a small nook. Sometimes you just have a dining space that won’t fit the full six-seater table. Sometimes you can’t even get a four seater table in there without it looking super-cramped.

Enter the corner banquette seat to solve all your small space dilemmas. I love the one above from Better Homes & Gardens. OK, so the vibe is a little old-school for my tastes, but don’t let that turn you off. If you don’t love a traditional look like this, you can choose any contemporary fabric you like and pair it with some phenomenal chairs.

Corner banquette scenarios like this are also winners because you can squeeze a lot of people in. That bench could squeeze five people on it at a pinch. Cosy, I know, but it’s doable. Consider something like this if you have a small meals area in your kitchen that just won’t fit a table with four independant chairs around it.

Scroll on through for some other ideas on banquette seating. I’ll credit the source underneath each snap if you wanna go see more from the website.

banquette seating for dining room with built in storage

Credits for above, clockwise from top left: decorpad, breakpr, pinterest and decorpad.

curved banquette seating for dining room with blue fabric

Credits for above, clockwise from top left: imaginebc, hgtv, redmotif and driven by decor.

styling by homies built in banquette seating in outdoor area

Take the Banquette Seating Outdoors

Oh how I love the idea of taking the banquette seating for dining rooms concept outside. How good is this moment above from styling by homies? It ticks all the boxes in giving the zone maximum seating. It keeps the entire space feeling cosy with all of that under-bum cushioning paired with soft pillows for your back. Pass me some sunglasses and a cocktail.

Now, I’m not entirely certain if there’s storage inside the seating you see above, but it makes perfect sense to incorporate it if you can. Outdoor areas can get so full of mess and clutter than you just don’t want to store inside. What better way to keep it close but not seen than by popping it inside the banquette?

I need to steal this idea and implement it for my outdoor area ASAP. Are we loving? If you keep scrolling you see a few more ideas. I personally adore the one directly below. Everything about that kitchen is giving me severe heart palpitations.

built in banquette seating for dining room with cushions and dark hardwood floors

Credits for above, clockwise from top: hgtv, house and garden, and musicments.

navy blue velvet upholstered banquette seating for dining room

Credits for above, clockwise from top left: country living, house and home, AIID, and sugar and charm.

And credits for below, clockwise from top left: hgtv, 3 beaches, pinterest and apartment therapy.

built in banquette seating for dining room with white tulip dining table

Banquette Seating for Under Windows

It’s not all about the dining room. Nah-uh! You’d be mad not to consider a banquette for under a window if you have the space for it.

Just look at the glorious image above on the bottom right, and then right below this text. Two beautiful window moments made all the more stunning thanks to the installation of a banquette seat. How good would it be to curl up here and watch the world go by?

The image above also showcases how wonderful it can be if you can work drawers into the banquette. Loving the clean lines of those black handles on white drawers. It’s sleek, it’s sexy, and I’m totally obsessed.

Bonus points for the banquette seating above with the tulip dining table. I did a post just last week on styling tulip dining tables. They are hands-down the most versatile dining table you’ll ever encounter. I absolutely recommend you get one if you’re on the hunt for something new for the dining room.

(Image below via the lucky design)

banquette seating with grey fabric and white piping below window in dining room

Banquette Seating Suits all Design Styles!

It doesn’t matter if you’re mad for Hamptons, can’t get enough of Scandinavian design, or go batty for boho; banquette seating can be tailor-made to work with any home’s design style. That’s what I love most about it apart from how functional it is, and how ideal it is for a small dining room.

Have you had a banquette seat installed at your place? I’d love to know how it’s improved the space, both in terms of how you use it and what it looks like. Drop me a comment below and share.

Happy decorating as always!


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. Hi Chris, I’ve been searching everywhere for a free-standing banquet style bench, like the ones in some of the pics in your post – but can’t find them anywhere in Oz. They seem to be everywhere in the US, any ideas where to purchase here?

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