The Rise Of The Banquette

A ‘Banquette’ – you might have heard this word before, but do you actually know what it is and why they have become increasingly popular? Well here at Topology in the last 12 months we’ve had requests to install them left right and centre, which has made us wonder…why the rise of the banquette?  It’s unsurprising though, as these versatile seating options offer a range of benefits that make them a great addition to any home. In this article, we’ll explore what banquettes are and why they are great seating options in residential homes. And if you fancy seeing them in action explore Project Greenwich or Project Dulwich. 

So what is a banquette?

Well quite simply a banquette is a bespoke seating arrangement (imagine a bench base with some form of upright back) usually centred around a dining area. It can be attached to a kitchen island, freestanding, fitted snugly into a nook or alcove or even used to fill out an expanse of space. Additionally, they can double up as hidden storage acting as a great space saving solution. In this post we’ll share some of our recent banquette designs.

5 Reasons to install one


One of the most significant advantages of banquettes is that they are space-saving. Unlike traditional dining tables and chairs, banquettes can be built into a corner or against a wall, allowing you to make the most of your available space. This makes them an ideal option for smaller homes or apartments, where space is at a premium.


Banquettes are also incredibly comfortable. They typically feature padded seats and backs, which provide excellent support and comfort during mealtime. Additionally, banquettes often have high backs that provide extra support, making them an excellent option for people who suffer from back pain.


Another advantage of banquettes is that they are highly customisable. You can choose the size, shape, and style of your banquette to suit your specific needs and preferences. So if you’re a maximalist who likes pattern & colour or a Japandi minimalist that likes clean lines & neutrals, a banquette can be made to match your unique aesthetic. 

Hidden Storage 

Banquettes are incredibly versatile seating options. They can be used for a variety of purposes, from formal dining to casual lounging but a great feature is that they can double up as hidden storage in the base. Whether you’re wanting to keep hidden kids toys or in-frequently used homeware, this feature is always a win with clients. 


Finally, banquettes are an excellent option for families. They provide a cozy, intimate seating option that encourages conversation and interaction. Additionally, they can be a safer option for families with young children, as there are no sharp edges or corners that children can bump into.

So, if you’re someone that’s been considering a banquettes, let this be your sign to use on in your home! They are space-saving, comfortable, customisable, a storage hack and family-friendly. If you’re looking for a way to add comfortable, stylish seating to your home, a banquette might be just the solution you’re looking for.

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