Dining Room Ideas: Try a Banquette In Place of Chairs For More Style (and Seating Space)

published Aug 2, 2016
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If you’re anything like me, you’re always calling dibs on the banquette seat when you dine out. I mean, who doesn’t want to be super comfy and cozy on a plush sofa seat (sorry chairs!). To further entice that lust for the best seat in the house, check out this round up of settees being used in uber-chic dining rooms by some top-notch design talents.

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Tucked between a whitewashed fireplace, with brick as a backdrop, is a perfectly fitted banquette devised by famed interior designer Windsor Smith—an artfully composed and serene spot for afternoon tea. (via One Kings Lane)

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Simply perched under a kitchen window is a brightly pigmented banquette by Patrick Mele that draws the eye over the dining table.

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Lindsey Coral Harper played with vibrant hues when assembling this quaint kitchen nook, spotted in House Beautiful. The clever use of a banquette here allows for ample seating and paired with a non-intrusive round table, really hits all the right notes.

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Benjamin Vandiver is the master when it comes to tailored details and this banquette, featured on 1stdibs is no exception. By creating an L shape, he allotted for more seating opportunities while also adding dramatic lines to the space.

Philip Gorrivan chose a pair of square tables to live with his right angle banquette that he extended on one side to fill the space appropriately. (via Elle Décor)

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BarrieBenson opted for a slightly curved banquette with geometric nailhead detailing on the base and paired it with an oval Saarinen table. This leather seat really hugs the edges of the table and creates a cozy, elegant dining nook.

Showing off her neutral side, designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd used a handsome Belgian linen for the settee, whose low arms allow for easy in-and-out access, in her own Long Island kitchen.

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Black Band Design constructed this custom banquette with a high-back and nail head trim; met with a concrete table, this is a true fusion between coastal chic and modern minimalism.

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Garrow Kedigian is known for his ultra-sophisticated spaces and that extends to this super luxurious dining area (from House Beautiful), where a slipper settee with a tasseled bottom evokes a sort of royal demeanor. The glass top table allows for views in all angles of the space.

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Olivia O’Bryan Design created a lovely, effortless breakfast nook with a streamlined banquette that spans the entire length of the oval table.

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Playful and bright are the words that come to mind with this stand-alone banquette designed by Houston designer Paloma Contreras. Her clients have children so she chose to use a highly patterned and saturated fabric for the settee to help hide any little accidents that might transpire.

→Got the itch to add a settee to your dining area? Peruse 15 our of favorite options under $600 here.