Table or Booth?

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.

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  2. I think it would really cozy up that space and make a nice statement.

  3. I love it. I wish I had a place for a corner banquette in our kitchen. Tons of my favorite magazine clippings have banquettes, so I just file it away in “next house”.

    I hope you do it. It would look great. And, I love how all your design inspirations have great woodwork details.

  4. I think it looks so comfy and nice and fun for a breakfast nook. And that most people would probably like it? But I don’t know. We don’t have a space that would work with bench seating in our house so it’s hard for me to visualize really living with it.

  5. I think I’d really like having banquette seating. I have seen some that are removable rather than permanent, which might be a good option if you’re concerned about re-sale.

  6. I think a bench style seating would look good in your kitchen. I really like the white woodwork and as long as it’s tasteful I don’t see why it would be an issue when it comes to re-sale time. Happy decision making!

  7. I say go for it. Personally I think it would feel a lot cozier & I’m a huge fan of extra storage space. Besides, it’s your own home. One of the perks is you get to do whatever you want to it.

    P.S. I couldn’t accept the job because the CDE wouldn’t process my application in time. :(

  8. I say go for it. Personally I think it would feel a lot cozier & I’m a huge fan of extra storage space. Besides, it’s your own home. One of the perks is you get to do whatever you want to it.

    P.S. I couldn’t accept the job because the CDE wouldn’t process my application in time. :(

  9. Ok – so I think I already posted this on your bench post. I think if you have children over, you would totally rethink the bench thing. Kids love it – and you can squish a lot more in there. I love built ins, and because I plan on doing some built ins in my office, I know about reworking the vent. Tom says it’s not that big of a deal. I say go for it, I love the look! PS – I still love your chairs.

  10. I really like it. Especially in the space you have. Like you, usually I am not a huge fan, but for a breakfast nook or area like you have, I love it. :)

  11. I love the look- but the first thing I thought of was resale just like Mr. B, sorry. But if you are going to be there a while, and do it simple and classic (which you are great at) I say do it!

  12. I love ‘em. Seriously love ‘em. We’re on the lookout now for places and although there aren’t any with banquette’s already there, it’s definitely a consideration (albeit lower on the list) to be able to build one in the kitchen area.

    I totally say to go for it!

  13. Do it! I think that corner looks like it could use a little bench seating.

    oh yeah- I love booths though.

  14. Do it! I really wanted one in my old house and was sad that we never got that far on our project list. I like the cozy, elbow-to-elbow, big family feel of bench seating. Andy in a pickle, you can fit more people on a bench! ALSO, don’t forget about under-seat storage possibilities, which is also a plus.

  15. I kinda of have a love/hate relationship. I can see ppl gathering and loving the area but the airline seating is a good way to describe it!

  16. I grew up with a booth and definitely prefer them!

  17. i think if you do it the right way – ie – not just crammed into a tight corner, it could really be great. and it looks like your area would be the perfect space for that! i say go for it! you could always make free-standing units that wouldn’t mess up the house if future buyers didn’t like it (sounds so easy, right??)

  18. yes! do it!
    so cute!

  19. I think your space looks big enough to do it nicely. These pics are gorgeous, I understand why you want! And really, if the time comes to try and sell, I’m sure it would appeal to families, especially if you do it up all purty like..like you usually do.

  20. I love it! I think it’s cozy and casual, it has a kind of “stay awhile” feel to it, you know? I think people are more likely to camp out in the kitchen with that kind of seating. It also seems like it would fit well with the flow and feeling of your house.

    Re: its similarities to airplane seating, at least it will be someone you know you’re asking to get past. And kids love it, if you guys ever think you’ll have kids there.

  21. So, you know my opinion on the bench table, but shockingly I am a huge fan of a built-in banquette! I wanted to do built-in bay seating at our kitchen/dining area bay window, but we also have the vent problem, and a dining room table that is too large.

    And on a side note, buyers LOVE built-in anything! Add the extra storage and you have an official ‘breakfast nook’ to add to your home’s features.

  22. love LOVE love LOVE LOVE the idea.
    Do it!!
    Then blog about it
    so I can do it. :)

  23. LOVE the idea! You should definitely do it!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I say go for it. I love the bench seating with a table and it appears you would have plenty of space for it.

  25. I really like it. Especially in the space you have. Like you, usually I am not a huge fan, but for a breakfast nook or area like you have, I love it. :)