22 Kitchen Bench Ideas for Cozy Seating

If you’re looking for a way to make your kitchen more comfortable, these kitchen bench ideas will lead you in the right direction. Regardless of your room size, there are ways to include extra seating in your decor. For example, if you have plenty of space you may want to designate an entire section of your kitchen as a cozy nook. Or else, benches also fit well tucked into a corner of the room.

22 Kitchen Bench Ideas

I’ve collected a selection of ideas using different materials, styles, installations, and designs. You’re sure to find a banquette that suits your space, or you might be inspired to make a decor statement by choosing an eye-catching option. Extra seating areas are always welcome in a kitchen, or you can integrate a bench into your existing furniture setup.

Bench Styles

Farmhouse

farmhouse kitchen bench

This classic farmhouse style is a great kitchen bench idea to keep your furniture contained. Swap out some single chairs for a long seat on one side of your kitchen table and the convivial atmosphere is sure to follow. Solid dark wood is a timeless look, and certainly easy to fit into most interiors. For availability, check at Furniture Depot.

Minimalist

minimalist bench idea

These double kitchen benches form a minimalist nook – see image above. If you have the place to dedicate for a double bench and table, I recommend this idea. It’s even more attractive if you happen to have windows along the wall as in the picture above. Furthermore, if you have natural light and quality materials, there’s no need for extra decoration.

Bench Shapes

Curved

curved kitchen bench

I love this cozy nook, curved to fit the size of the kitchen island. It’s perfect for adding a round table, thanks to the extra space in the middle. If you’re lucky and have plenty of windows in your kitchen, incorporate a curved bench next to one and I promise you might never get up! Designed by RDG Millwork.

curved bench ideas

If you like the idea of a curved banquette but don’t have a spot by the window, there are plenty of other ways to integrate it into your decor. The bench above, designed by The BHID Group, UK, is very unique since it contours the end of the kitchen island, and it even has a table placed in front of it. Clearly, this space has lots of seating options.

Large U shape

large U shape kitchen bench ideas
the Kitchen is by ARC Architecture Ltd, UK

If you have a spacious kitchen and want your table to be surrounded by a bench, this U shape idea pictured above is ideal. You can definitely fit many people around this table, and they will all be comfortable thanks to this cozy sitting area. I love that the island is built around the banquette so you have plenty of surfaces and everything is within easy access.

L shape

L shape kitchen bench
Image: harveyjones.com

This stylish L shape kitchen bench idea shows how you can maximize seating around a table while leaving the surrounding space open. If you don’t need to fit people on all sides of the table, an L shape seat is a great idea. When more people show up, just pull up a few chairs. The striking blue color matches the cabinets and islands, creating a streamlined look.

Installation Ideas

Along Island

island kitchen bench

If you already have a kitchen island and have sufficient space, a great idea is to add a bench along the length of it. This way you’ll make use of the island from all sides, and you can keep the serving station close to the dining table.

Corner Window

corner window bench
Image: BHG.COM

Window corner kitchen bench ideas like the one pictured above show that even if you only have a small amount of space, you can still include a bench. Add a small square table and you’re set. While you won’t fit six people for dinner, this is definitely a dreamy spot to enjoy your morning coffee or an evening drink.

Window

built-in window bench

This hip modern style is definitely at the top of my list. Industrial style windows on two sides and along the ceiling mean there’s plenty of natural light in this kitchen nook. The wooden table and benches complement the natural presence of the outdoors.

Floating Bench

floating kitchen bench idea

For a stylish and unique kitchen bench, take a cue from the picture above. A DIY floating seat perched on the wall is complemented by a round table and cute pillows. If you have an alcove in your room, think about turning it into a charming eye-catching oasis. To build one see this guide from instructables.com.

Long Window Seat

window kitchen nook idea

If a large set of windows is a focal point in your kitchen, you can add to the effect by creating a bench along the length. Set up your table with some chairs and every meal is sure to taste better surrounded by natural light and color.

Booth

booth kitchen bench
Image: houzz.com

If you’re always choosing the booth tables when you go out to eat, why not incorporate them into your own kitchen decor? I suggest opting for plump cushions for maximum comfort and placing the banquettes close to a window to enjoy natural light.

At Table

wooden kitchen table with a narrow bench abd chairs
Image: devolkitchens.co.uk

Kitchen benches don’t only have to be solid fixtures — this bright space shows how you can include a bench instead of multiple chairs at your dining table. The look is sleek and streamlined, and it might even improve your posture! Add some cushions if you want extra padding or a pop of color, and the look is complete. 

Banquette with Bench

kitchen bench built into the wall banquette style

I like the combination of a bench built into the wall banquette style, paired with two chairs on the other side of the table. You’ll be able to fit lots of people at this cozy kitchen table thanks to the seating space all around. Buy it here

Ideas for Bench Extras

Bookshelf

bookshelf and bench combination
Image: younghouselove.com

There are many bench ideas that take advantage of the space surrounding the fixture, and one of my favorites is the one pictured above. Install a bookcase above the seating unit and use it to display trinkets, large bowls, vases, frames, and whatever you want to have close at hand.

Drawer Storage

kitchen bench with storage

This bench idea is a fantastic way to increase storage space in your kitchen. Additionally, if you include a small surface on either side of the seat, this piece of furniture will come in handy. Fill the shelves up with your favorite cookbooks and store linens or dishware you use less frequently in the drawers beneath. Meanwhile, you’ll have the perfect spot to lounge while you wait for your food to be ready. To install this bench in your home, inquire here.

Hideaway

hideaway kitchen bench ideas
Image: shopbetaplus.com

I love this sleek modern kitchen island pictured above, complete with a hideaway bench. You can move the bench wherever you please or tuck it under the island to make more floor space. Use it while you sit at the island, or place it in whichever direction you want.

Materials for your Bench

Leather

leather bench
Image: idealhome.co.uk

Leather is a high-quality material that is easy to clean. Opt for a fun and flashy color like the red pictured above to make your kitchen bench the center of focus. Otherwise, leather in neutral tones certainly has a timeless appeal that complements other decors.

Tufted

tufted kitchen bench
Image: instagram.com

For some added glam, go for a tufted style for your bench. Whether you choose cotton fabric, velvet, or leather, the look will be elegant and stylish. I recommend a tufted design if you want to add some extra flair to your overall decor. It’s a simple detail that makes a huge difference.

Cushions

cushions on a bench make it a more comfortable seating area

A large cushion that backs up against the wall paired with throw cushions is a great idea for cozy seating. First of all, you’ll definitely be nice and comfortable with this setup. Also, the assortment of cushions adds a decorative element to the dining space.

Velvet

velvet tufted kitchen banquette

These gorgeous wall panels upholstered in velvet are made to order. If you’re looking for a versatile kitchen bench, you’ll love that you can choose the fabric, size, tufting style, etc. Etsy.

Wood

wood bench ideasFor a classic look that can be adapted to complement a number of decors, you can’t go wrong with a wooden bench. Leave some of it bare and paint the rest white, or go for an all-wood look for a natural style. You can add extra cushions or blankets for additional comfort. Buy it at Ashley Furniture.

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