Built-in Kitchen Banquette

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We recently added a built-in Banquette to our 120 square foot kitchen. We are really enjoying all the extra seating the new banquette created. The seat of our banquette opens up for extra storage. What a difference it makes to our tiny cape! The previous home owners didn't have a dining table in this small kitchen and now we can seat eight people and have squeezed 10 kids around this spot. We did some major renovations to this kitchen too- cabinet refacing and tile.

BEFORE banquette and kitchen remodel.

BEFORE we built the banquette and remodeled the kitchen

AFTER- we made some major changes along with the banquette. I have more details on the entire kitchen remodel on my blog.

I wanted to make sure we had enough room for pillows, creating a cozy spot to sit.

Taped out the space and size of the banquette first.

Built it in a day- it is not attached to the floor so it can be removed.

Lot of storage on both sides.

Finished space with shelves for display and to pull together the butcher block counter top on the opposite side of the kitchen.
Overall it took about 7 hours to complete!

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  • Maggie Maggie on Feb 20, 2021

    Really nice work, where can we find the dimensions of the banquette?

  • Joseph baldwin Joseph baldwin on Feb 20, 2021

    I am not trying to be critical, I just have a question about the framing. It looks a little overdone. Does it need to be that heavy? I am currently in the process of a kitchen remodel and was wondering if the framing could be a little less or is it necessary to make it that sturdy? Yours looks great and has inspired my design going forward. Thanks for the post.

  • Irma Irma on Mar 29, 2021

    Amazing! But how did you do that floor?


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  • Kevin Kevin on Mar 17, 2021

    This is a GREAT job!

    Did you need the costly "bench top" I suspect something less costly may have worked here?

    Storage for pots, pans, etc., GREAT will not collect dust on a pot rack.


  • Gale Gale on Jun 14, 2021