Must-Know Tips for Designing the Perfect Banquette
With clever design, a banquette can be a cozy spot to come together for meals and family activities. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
A table and chairs aren’t always the best solution for an informal dining space because the seats will need room to slide in and out. If you’re dealing with a compact area, it might be a good idea to consider a banquette instead. They take up less than half of the floor space of a table and chairs, but provide the same number of seats.
What is attractive about banquettes? Basically all the things people like about sitting in booths at restaurants: more intimacy and privacy, and an enhanced feeling of togetherness. But banquettes also provide more flexibility than the standard booth when it comes to design. Options include L shapes, semicircles, U shapes, and hybrids that also incorporate chairs and bench seats. While box seating is particularly suited to areas that are recessed, it’s also possible to position a banquette against a wall.
Here are some planning tips to help you design a banquette that is both functional and nice looking.
The basic table height is 30 inches for a banquette, with a bench that is about 18 inches tall. That leaves 12 inches between the surface of the table and the top of the bench. Allow the table to extend over the benches by about 3 or 4 inches on each side. Move the benches back a bit If you need more legroom.
When planning out your banquette, the number of people that need to be seated is an important element to consider. A minimum of 21 inches must be allowed for table and seating width per person in order for everyone to have adequate room. In addition, 18” of seating depth is needed, not including any back support.
Since U-shaped banquettes need bigger dimensions in order to avoid squeezed knees, be sure to leave at least 54 inches for each leg of the U and 78 inches for the back bench.
Another simple solution to circumvent bumping knees is to combine banquette-style seating with a pedestal table. This setup removes table legs, which makes getting in and out easier and leaves space open under the table. Round pedestal tables provide added flexibility so that you’re able to pull up an additional chair or two.
While banquette-style seating is a natural choice for breakfast nooks and eat-in kitchens, it’s also a great option for stand-alone dining rooms. For instance, if you’re looking to bring down the formality of your eating space, a casual banquette is just the thing. Not only is it comfortable, but it’s flexible and allows your dining area to have multiple functions — a homework station, temporary office space, a spot for family game night. The versatile seating also makes a banquette an ideal pick for compact dining rooms.
On the other hand, if you’re wanting to bring some refinement to a banquette, try a rounded bench. Pair it with a pedestal table, which is particularly well-suited for an angled or curved bench. Table legs could possibly stop the table from fitting tightly against the bench, which makes eating unpleasant. Table legs could also be too close to the bench, making it hard for people to get in and out of the banquette. To achieve the best fit, find a pedestal table with a top that mimics the curve of the bench.