As I said yesterday, morning is probably my favorite time of the day! I’m crazy about breakfast food, I love the smell of coffee, and I really enjoy the time with my family as we get ready for the day. So I’m having fun deciding all of the details for my breakfast room – the room that will probably be the hub of a lot of our day, not just our mornings.
I’ve always been a big fan of banquettes and have used them often in my designs for clients. But in my new house, the floor plan is tricky so I’m not even sure it’s possible. And then if I do use a banquette, I need to decide if it should be free-standing or built-in.
(Massucco Warner Miller Design in Los Angeles)
A banquette makes such a cozy seat, and I would love to snuggle up with my daughter on one in the morning. They also add a bit of sophistication to a normally casual space.
(Photo by Helen Norman)
But they also can be difficult to get into for children, and some adults. And of course a free-standing one takes up more space than a single chair would at the side of a table. But a built-in banquette can actually be a space saver when you have an area that isn’t really big enough for chairs to pull in and pull out. Of course as a designer, I will be able to figure out those space planning details, but I would love your thoughts on which one you would prefer if it were your home.
(Design by Luis Bustamante from Veranda)
And let’s not forget, with a built-in banquette there is the added benefit of extra storage, either under the seat or at the floor level. However, you have to be sure you use enough cushioning for these seats, or no one will want to linger in them too long.
(Design by Case di Lusso)
So what do you think? In a perfect world where either chairs or a banquette work in the floor plans, should I use a banquette in my breakfast room, or not? And if I do use a banquette, should it be a built-in?
(Design by Lisa Sherry Interieurs)
Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think! And be sure to say whether you think a built-in is right for my house, or if I should look at one of the many furniture banquettes. There are some pretty free-standing ones these days and maybe I should even design one for my line with CR Laine Furniture coming out next Spring. Your vote may decide the seating in my breakfast room and a piece in my furniture line!