Breakfast Nooks: Kitchen Bench Seats / Banquettes

I’ve always loved the idea of having a cozy breakfast nook created with a kitchen bench seat and lots of pillows.  I am not (with an emphasis on NOT) a morning person and the thought of dragging myself out of bed to shower and eat breakfast seemed like it would be so much more tolerable if I had a cozy place to cuddle up on with my morning cereal and coffee. I’m especially drawn to kitchen banquettes that are built into a comfy nook – these images are some of my favorites:

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Unfortunately my teeny kitchen eat-in area can’t accommodate an L- or U-shaped banquette or a built-in bench seat that is nestled into a nook. Still determined to incorporate a bench seat into the mini kitchen makeover that I’m embarking on, I considered the possibility of a high-backed upholstered bench seat: 

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While these high-backed banquettes are absolutely gorgeous (especially the last two – love, love them!), I wasn’t able to incorporate anything like this into my eat-in area for logistical reasons with my space that are too long (and way too boring) to get into. I finally zeroed in on the option of using a settee or loveseat after being inspired by these amazing spaces:

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I wish I could say that I ended up with a settee as gorgeous as one of the settees in these images – I did find several amazing options, such as this slipcovered settee from VivaTerra that I absolutely love: 

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but this settee (as well as several other ones I fell in love with) were (1) way above my budget (the VivaTerra settee is $2850!) and (2) too long to fit my teeny space (I needed one under 50″).   The two options I finally found that were within my budget and weren’t too long for my space were both from Ballard Designs – the Coventry Upholstered 48″ Bench

and the Hampton Upholstered 48″ Bench 

After deciding on the Hampton bench, I ordered several fabric samples from Ballard Designs but didn’t end up falling in love with any of them.  Fortunately, Ballard gives you the option of having the bench seat made with fabric that you supply. I went looking for an indoor/outdoor fabric (a must with kids and a dog!) that had a subtle pattern and a plush feel (most of the indoor/outdoor fabrics are on the scratchy side). I ended up going with Calico Corners’ Boss Tweed Sunbrella fabric in Classic color. Several weeks after ordering the bench and mailing my fabric to Ballard, my new bench seat arrived!:

I am very, very happy with it (and yes, Hope is a fan too!) – it is the perfect size for our new table (more on that later this week) and has a very plush, comfortable cushion. I like the added detail of the nailhead trim and am very pleased with the upholstery job:   

The only problem? The bench has become the preferred dinnertime spot, which means that with each meal there are negotiations about which of us get to sit on the bench and which are stuck in the chairs!  For breakfast, we often eat in shifts so the bench is mine, all mine!  Nothing is going to change the fact that I’m not a morning person, but snuggling on my new bench with the newspaper and some coffee sure made this morning’s alarm clock a bit more tolerable…  

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  1. says

    I have been looking for a bench seat set up that is similar to mine and finally found your blog for an answer! Thanks for sharing! Now I’m off to try and find where you found your dining table!

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