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15 May 2023

The Benefits of Banquette Seating

The Benefits of Banquette Seating

A table or a booth for you today?

Let’s be honest, you're picking the booth. Whether that’s at a nice modern office or a beautiful high-tier restaurant. Banquette seating, also referred to as booth seating, fixed seating, or bench seating, is a fabulous option when designing any interior fit-out whether residential or commercial.

Banquette seating offers a versatile seating solution that can meet your needs, with plenty of benefits which Atlas Contract Furniture has compiled for you within this article.

There are definitely pros and cons of banquette seating, but we feel the pros certainly outweigh the cons.

  • Space Saving Solution
  • Versatility and Customisation
  • Comfort
  • Easy Maintenance and Cleaning
  • Increased Seating Capacity
  • Privacy


Maximising Your Space With Banquette Seating

Banquette or booth seating is an excellent space-saving solution that can help maximise the use of a room. To strategically maximise any given floor plan, you can create made-to-measure banquette seating that can be designed to fit snugly against a wall. Custom-made banquette seating is a great option for space-challenged areas such as small apartments or restaurants with limited square footage.

Restauranteurs have found that it isn’t just the cuisine, but the entire experience of eating out that matters today. Banquette seating helps create a feeling of intimacy and exclusivity, even within a smaller floor space.

We’ve also noted that within many older homes, kitchen space can be limited and being able to tuck the seating area against a wall or corner adds functionality, attractiveness, and comfort. Why not have a look at our hinged storage systems if you’re on the hunt for kitchen banquette seating with storage? With banquette seating, you are free to hide or highlight the interior features of your room. You can work around structural elements, creating zones and divisions clearly. If you’re considering new and improved seating solutions for your personal kitchen or your restaurant renovation, then visit our completely bespoke seating options page to understand how we can better help.

Restaurant Bench Seating in Rick Stein, Marlborough
Furniture in Rick Stein Restaurant
Contemporary Interior Design at Rick Stein Restaurant

Discover The Versatility and Customisation of Banquette Seating

Banquette seating offers great versatility and customisation when it comes to design. Various different shapes, fabrics, colours, and details can be used to create a specific look to match the theme or aesthetic you want most.

Tell a story or set the mood with bespoke and unique banquette seating. With banquette seating, you can also add acoustic and visual elements to create practical, appealing, and comfortable spaces. Incorporating corporate colours or themed fabrics is easy with this type of seating, enabling you to make bold statements and infuse character into your interior design.

The space needed for banquette seating shouldn’t be an issue with soft seating for cosy intimate spaces. Atlas Contract Furniture has helped develop plenty of banquette solutions. For more information on customisable seating, contact us for a quote.


Experience Unmatched Comfort with Banquette Seating

Create a more intimate and cosy atmosphere compared to traditional dining arrangements. A banquette bench is highly versatile and can be designed to sit at table height. With a more traditional dining arrangement, you can only have a certain number of chairs around a table, however with booth seating this isn’t the case. You can squeeze as many people as required around the table.

The padding and backrests of banquette seating provide more comfort and support than chairs, allowing for a more enjoyable dining experience. The comfort of banquette seating lies in the way it’s designed. Unlike traditional chairs and sofas that are often hard and rigid, banquette seating is constructed with soft padding and upholstered in plush fabrics or leather, making it a more comfortable and cosy seating option.

Moreover, the intimacy created by the seating arrangement can enhance conversations between guests. Considering adding a warm addition to your home, restaurant or bar?


Effortless Cleaning and Maintenance of Banquette Seating

Banquette seating is easier to maintain and clean compared to traditional dining chairs and tables. The use of materials that are stain-resistant and easy to wipe down, such as faux leather, makes cleaning and maintenance easier. Sometimes the decision to purchase between genuine & faux leather can be tough, we recommend a read of our lesson in leather to learn more about why faux leather might be a better option when maintaining your banquette seating. In commercial settings, where frequent cleaning is necessary, the use of antimicrobial fabrics makes banquette seating more hygienic.

With simple designs, fewer crevices and seams for dirt and debris to accumulate, banquette seating is a popular choice for high-traffic areas, such as restaurants or cafes, where cleanliness is important. It also reduces the risk of cross-contamination and helps maintain a clean and healthy environment for customers. At Atlas, our bespoke banquette seating can be upholstered with anti-fungal and anti-microbial fabrics that inhibit the growth of bacteria and prevent the spread of germs.

Atlas Contract Furniture provides O&M manuals to clients on request. The manuals contain detailed guidance on extending the lifecycle of your banquette seating, service plans, manufacture instructions, guarantees, and plenty more.


Optimise Seating Capacity with Banquette Seating

Banquette seating can accommodate more people in a smaller space than traditional dining arrangements, making it a more efficient option for commercial spaces such as restaurants, where maximising seating capacity can lead to increased revenue. Banquette seating can be designed to accommodate large groups or to create smaller, more intimate settings.

Banquette seating is typically placed against walls, which frees up the centre of the room for additional tables and chairs. Here is an example of that at the Niva Bar & Stek restaurant in Sweden. They also come in any bespoke sizes and shapes, allowing for more flexible seating arrangements. With banquette seating, you can maximize the number of people that can be seated comfortably in a given space.

Faux Leather Flute Backed Bench
Flute Back Chairs
Half Diamond Bench Seating
Half Diamond Wall Seating
Mink Scroll Arm Bench
Niva Bar

Designed For Privacy to Enhance Diners’ Experience

When designing banquette seating, privacy is an important factor. People prefer privacy whether they are dining in a fast-food restaurant or a fine dining establishment. The positioning and design of banquette seating can create a sense of enclosure and intimacy, allowing customers to feel more secluded from other diners.

This can be particularly useful for private conversations or business meetings where confidentiality is important. For example, banquette seating located in quieter areas of a restaurant, or with higher backs and sides, can offer a greater degree of privacy. Additionally, banquette seating can be a great option for VIP areas or private dining rooms, where customers can enjoy a more intimate experience. Examples of this are the hospitality suites for Rugby World Cup VIP ticket holders.

Banquette Seating the Atlas Way

Banquette seating is a brilliant seating option for both residential and commercial spaces. In this blog, we’ve listed six benefits but there are plenty more. From its space-saving capabilities to its customisability and comfort, banquette seating can transform any space into a practical, beautiful, and comfortable area.

Make a smart investment and enhance the aesthetics and functionality of any interior design project you’re undertaking with the help of Atlas Contact Furniture. You can have a look at our catalogue or contact us directly to speak through styles and options.