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12 Cozy Corner Banquettes for Kitchens Big and Small

When I was little, I had a great aunt who lived in a snazzy '50s ranch house. Her kitchen had all the hallmarks of the era's architecture, including a cozy corner banquette. Her banquette had yellow cushions and a square table. I would sit there and watch her cook with her honey-colored beehive hairstyle and her standard-issue uniform of apron and house slippers.

Corner banquettes are great for a casual eating experience, morning coffee or a conversation hub while cooking. Pull up a chair and take a look at these cozy, corner banquettes. You would be surprised how little space is required for such a seating arrangement; the cozier the better.
This is the exact configuration of my aunt's old kitchen, including the half round shelves at the end of the peninsula. The shelves are a great place to store napkins or cookbooks.
An old fashioned concept with modern styling. The Saarinen-style table is a perfect choice for this sleek corner banquette. Have a tight corner? Try a 36-inch round table; it'll be a bit easier to maneuver around.
Another tip for corner banquettes is to use a table that has a pedestal base. No corner legs to wiggle around.
A banquette technically has upholstery, but you can make a wood bench work, too. An all-wood corner banquette can look seamless with the kitchen cabinets. Notice how the top edge is built out slightly to double as a shelf.
Corner banquettes can also be built out to include storage below the seat. I love the mixed woods in this kitchen. Chair and table colors do not have to be the same.
Try multiple small tables instead of one center table. Casual, comfortable dining only needs a surface big enough for a plate or two.
This is what I call a coffee corner. It's just big enough to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and read the morning paper. Notice how the back cushion has exaggerated height to elongate the space.
Too hip to be square? Try a rounded banquette instead. This one has a base built into the corner, and the attached, custom upholstery then takes on a rounded shape. A round table is the best choice for such a configuration.
Here is a solution for a corner with a floor-to-ceiling window on one of the walls. Just build the banquette right in front of the window. I suggest the banquette be backless so it doesn't detract from the view.
If you have windows on both corner walls, build the banquette at typical seat height: 17-19 inches finished. Use pillows instead of a built-in back cushion.
A corner banquette can also solve the problem of too much space. If you have an oversize kitchen, consider a dining-room-size banquette. Multiple chairs and overhead pendant lights bring down the scale of this generous space and create a cozy seating area.
Outside corners work, too. I love this "Starbucks style" eating area. Not exactly a banquette, but still a clever use of an outside corner to create clever utility space.