Remember when I said I wasn’t a big fan of bench seating at tables? That it’s the equivalent of having an inside seat on an airplane to me – do you really want to ask the people next to you to awkwardly move from their seats into the aisle so that you can shuffle down the aisle to the air-toilette where you squat and curse your burning thigh muscles while wishing you did more leg work in your workout routine because who would really want to put their bare bum on something that hundreds of other people have put their bare bums on and then you have to shuffle back to your row and ask the people to again awkwardly shuffle into the aisle so you can take your cramped seat and go to town with the hand sanitizer? The answer is no, you don’t want to ask. And the answer is also that I need a break from airplanes after my summer of work travel.
But we were talking about bench seating. Biggest digression ever here at imperfect. Sorry. So I’m generally anti bench and booth seating. But lately I can’t get the idea of a built-in banquette (with storage for our out of season appliances) out of my head for this problem corner (too much wood, not enough softness) of my kitchen.
I love this table my aunt handed down to us. It’s classic. And I think that adding built-in seating to the corner would encourage more people to gather into this nook while we’re entertaining – making me less lonely in the islandless kitchen.
So, what’s your take on banquette seating? Love it or hate it? Take it or leave it? When I mentioned the idea to Mr. B he pointed out we’d have to rework a vent in the floor to make it work. And that he thought we should consider how we (and others) would feel about it when we want to sell. Meh, details.