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RE: Banquette Seating - love it or hate it? (Follow-Up #39)

posted by: jm_seattle on 03.06.2011 at 01:46 am in Kitchens Forum

Yes, we did a banquette and absolutely love it. Impressive, breezygirl, that you noticed the seating angle! Our cabinet designer had us come down to his shop and try out different angles (as well as distances from bench to table, etc.), and so we ended up with a banquette that fits us very well.

As much as I love the banquette, I agree with many of the criticisms on this thread. Even with custom dimensions, the wood isn't comfy for long periods of time and you have to get up to let people out. We're also pretty thin people, and I don't think it would be nearly as comfortable for some of my larger friends.

That being said, this family of four now eats almost all of our meals there, and are enjoying every one of them. The coziness is worth a lot. Call me crazy, but I really think it brings us all together in a way that we didn't quite get at our table with chairs (which was larger in every dimension, and so we were sitting further apart). And the wood makes for easy cleanup (I've got a 4-yr old and a 6-yr old!).

Ours is definitely comfy enough for a half hour of eating (on the rare occasions that my kids actually sit for half an hour!). If my spouse or I wants to hang out longer, we might turn and sit with our backs to the window wall and spread out our legs along the bench.

One of the big benefits of the banquette that I haven't heard folks mention is that it's often in the kitchen, and that alone is worth a lot. Probably not as big of a deal for folks with newer homes and open floorplans, but it makes a difference in an older house with a walled kitchen.

When you eat in the kitchen, you can cook/clean/serve 2nds/fill glasses/make lunches/etc while chatting with your family. And the other choice for in-kitchen eating is typically the bar. Not any better for comfiness IMHO. We have seating at the bar, too, and it's great for hanging out chatting with the cook, but much less suitable for a meal. The main reason being that when you sit at the bar, your companions are on your side instead of across from you. This makes it harder to talk to anyone but your immediate neighbor, and harder to have conversations as a whole family.

Here's the relevant pic from the other thread:
Breakfast nook

And here's what our custom dimensions turned out to be:
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Banquette Seating - love it or hate it?

posted by: chris11895 on 03.04.2011 at 10:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're in the process of designing our new home and while brainstorming the kitchen layout my husband floated the idea of banquette seating in a corner. I'm curious to hear feedback from people who have this. Do you love it or hate it? What is it that you like/dislike?
I'm worried the people who will sit on the bench side will feel stuck if they're sitting in between people. :-) But I have a tendency to over think things too. Thoughts are very appreciated!

Oh and if you do have it - I'd love to see your pictures!

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