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Clever Kitchen Seating Idea: Banquette Below Black Windows

A simple kitchen bench installed below stylish black windows from Pella turns a plain kitchen wall into banquette seating the whole family will love.


There’s nothing quite as inviting as banquette seating, and you can add it to your home without spending a lot of money. Here, a plain wall becomes a favorite family hangout thanks to new black windows and grilles and a simple built-inch bench installed below them.

Windows over a banquette bring in natural light and make kitchen seating feel more open and inviting. To ensure a window-clad banquette stays comfortable no matter the weather outside (or the number of kids playing), choose windows that help make your home feel comfortable and quiet, such as these Pella Lifestyle Series casement windows. Pella Lifestyle Series casement windows open with the simple turn of a crank, and if you choose, can be fitted with integrated blinds or shades tucked between the panes of glass. Integrated window treatments are a perfect addition to an area of the home where lots of people gather, as they are protected from dust, spills, pets and little hands.

Banquette Window Placement

When installing windows above a built-in kitchen bench, you should have the windows installed at least 24 inches off the floor to allow for a seat height of 15 inches (and a few inches higher if you plan to add seat cushions). Ideally, you should also allow for a minimum of 27 inches of bench space for each person to sit, with the depth of the bench at 18 inches, not counting any back pillow.

Banquette Design Ideas

In this kitchen, a 36-inch mid-century-inspired round marble table pairs with easy-care pink chairs from the same era. Lots of pillows made from vintage textiles make the kitchen bench look and feel plush and cozy. Classic blue fabrics (Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020) contrast beautifully with the dusty pink.

Why Choose Black Windows?

In this kitchen seating area, black window frames serve as bold accents against white-painted wood paneled walls, underscoring the home’s vintage aesthetics. Inspired by mid-century modern architecture, black windows can take your home’s interior (and exterior) style to new heights.

Why Install Wood Windows?

Wood windows are timeless, beautiful and built to last. Wood is a natural insulator and customized to fit in many areas. For everything you need to know about installing wood windows, visit understanding wood windows.

For more kitchen window design inspiration, check out our kitchen window ideas. Will you be replacing windows in other rooms of your home? Then don’t miss our home remodeling ideas for windows and doors.

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