Are banquette benches a new fad?
I wanted one ever since we moved to this house 10 years ago because the BR configuration was sort of "asking" for it. But then I got a breakfast set in a hurry because someone was coming to visit and I was ashamed of my old set. :-) Plus, I always knew I had to re-do the kitchen.
Now I see banquette benches everywhere and, sometimes, in very strange settings that look good on the picture but would be very uncomfortable in reality. A straight bench does not work well with a small round table - despite what some say on Houzz. Getting in and out is a hassle. Etc.
Here is what I posted to another thread.
"Unless you are utilizing otherwise wasted space under a window, already have an architecturally defined nook, or love reading there, a banquette bench may be not so practical. The storage space underneath is really only for rarely used items as you are not going to open a bench with a seat too often... You cannot seat more than two people comfortably - which can be achieve with chairs as well.
I have had a bench in my dining room for 10 years and trust me, I would have already gotten rid of it had it not been so expensive (still might). :-) "
I have seriously considered putting a bench in the BR as we have been remodeling the kitchen. But I want to keep my table set b/c the room could use some round stuff to off-set the linearity of cabinets, plus I like the set. And - for the above listed reasons, I think the bench wouldn't work in my small BR without windows (only a full-view glass double-patio door).
BTW, these consideration do not apply to benches under windows, real "nooks" or some other settings, as they are totally appropriate in those cases. I have seen fabulous banquettes posted here by GWers.
But as a popular trend, do you think it will pass soon?
P.S. This is just a general question, not specific to my kitchen.