Cozy Family Dining: Banquettes

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I’ve never had a banquette, but I love the idea of them.  The only thing that holds me back is that in my kitchen, there would be a wide open space in the center that I wouldn’t know what to do with.  I think in general they work better in older homes with smaller kitchens (since they really are a space saver), or homes built with a banquette in mind.  Here are some that I love:

If I ever do a banquette, it will be like this.  I love that it looks so cozy and inviting, and leaves the rest of the kitchen open.  You lose the room for barstools, but with two kitchen islands this could really work:

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