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Kitchen Design Details - Banquette Height

I've added a new category, "Kitchen Design Details". Sometimes, I'll come across a useful piece of information, or am reminded by a detail from an image that I feel might be important to pass on, so I thought I'd create this new category.

It's funny how this happens. Today, I saw an image in the hot, new, building and design site, PointClickHome. I immediately honed in on the built in banquette. First, let me say, this is a beautiful image, isn't it? It is a lovely representation of a rectiliniar design.

What I want to highlight in this image is the height of the banquette, nothing else. When planning a banquette, consider the following:

  • What is your table height?
  • Will you want a cushion on the top of the banquette?
  • How comfortable will you want the banquette to be? 
  • If you want super comfort, then think in terms of THICK cushions, sofa-like, as much as 4-5" thick, and watch the firmess of the cushions as the cushions dimension will then compress easily or not, changing your seat height.
  • When planning for thick, comfy, cushions, your banquette may be as low as 14-15" high, which LOOKS very low, but have no fear, this is an acceptable height to plan for, if, for example, your cushions are a medium firmness.
  • If you do not want a cushion, your banquette height may be 17-18" - measure a chair and compare that height to your table height to determine a comfortable height
  • Try to experiment in advance with a variety of seat cushions you have on hand from existing furniture, to guage your comfort needs/desires. And, yes, take that sofa cushion off as well and try it out!
  • Visualize if you will want to linger at the table or even stretch out with a book, or if the purpose is for quick, efficient, meals only. This will also help you focus in on the comfort factor you want designed into your banquette.

Me, I don't think this particular cushion would serve my purposes for comfort, being so thin, but that's just me. Know what you want to feel when you sit down at the table! 



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Reader Comments (11)

I love this post.
The banquette is great and I love the layout of the eatting area but I do agree, the cusion being thicker would look much more appealing to my comfort eye! :)

July 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

It's true...the people on the chairs are more likely to linger and relax!

July 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Does anyone have the name of a really good reference book with banquette plans?

November 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdaisy

Hi daisy, I sure don't, as the banquettes that I design are all custom made to the specific situations of the client. That's the thing about banquettes...they are so flexible. Just let your imagination go...do you want storage underneath, do you want it to look like furniture, with open space or decorative legs? What material do you want it to be made of, color, and texture? You'll find your answers, and you can get inspiration from furniture too.

As far as plans go, they're so easy to build, any good wood worker can create it structurally if you explain what you have in mind. Hope that helps a bit.

November 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I love your banquette, could you tell me how you attached the back cushion to the banquette?
I am planning to make the cushions for the one I am designing.

July 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergdail

This image, above, is not my image. An interior designer will be able to help you, or you can find an upholsterer, a workroom, who will help you. I'm not an expert on how to create cushions, sorry!

July 5, 2008 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I am an interior designer and they probably attached the back cushion with a cleat bracket. If your cushions are not this big, you may be able to use industrial strength velcro. Good luck!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica Martens

I knew an interior designer would come to the rescue!

August 1, 2008 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Who made that table?

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteradam

My woodworker was supposed to make my kitchen banquette 17" high and it ended up being 18.5". Now with my 3" cushions, the seating comes in at 21.5". It looks attractive,but it higher than I would have liked. I paid a decent buck for the custom banquette and cushions. What do you advise.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I would advise having your "woodworker" trim an inch and a half of the base and make it right

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLochlan

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