5 Ways to Get This Look: Banquette Dining

I found this amazing dining area, pictured at Better Homes and Gardens.   There are lots of things that appeal to me about this room:  the natural lighting, the banquette seating, the simple drum shade,  the cheerful fabrics, and the gallery-style artwork above the windows.  It’s a great space.  As I looked at it, though, I realized that there were a number of things in this room that, with a little guidance, I could DIY.

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

I challenged myself to find at least five tutorials for projects that might help me replicate the look of this room.  Want to see what I found?

Banquette Dining collage numbered

1.  No Sew Banquette Cushion Cover

In My Own Style diy no sew banquette cushions

At In My Own Style, there’s an easy tutorial for covering cushions without sewing a single stitch!  In this case, existing cushions were being covered, but I’m sure you could adapt this tutorial for new cushions, as well.  There’s also a link from this tutorial to one about building the banquette seating pictured.

2.  Pillow Covers from Napkins

Lauren Dahl napkin pillows

I love the brightly colored pillows in my inspiration photo, but you don’t have to buy yards and yards of fabric to make your own.  Follow Lauren Dahl‘s tutorial to make expensive looking pillows out of inexpensive cloth napkins.

3.  DIY Drum Shade

The Keylor Family diy drum shade

Good lighting can be expensive, but it’s actually not too hard to make your own.  There’s a great tutorial for making a drumshade (like the one hanging over the table in my inspiration photo) at The Keylor Family.

4.  Making a Gallery from Children’s Art

Sarah Jane studios fram kids art

There are a number of ways to frame children’s art, but I really like this idea from Sarah Jane Studios.   It features framed shapes that are cut from children’s colorful finger painting projects.  Genius!

5.  Building Banquette Seating from Ikea Cabinets

Little House Blog Ikea cabinet banguette

Ikea cabinets and shelves are a relatively inexpensive way to achieve the look of built-ins.  At The Little House, you can see how Ikea cabinets became banquette seating that looks like a custom built in.

Challenge met!  What do you think?  Do you know of any other tutorials for similar projects?  What do you think of banquette seating?





  • http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com Christina @ Christina’s Adventures

    love this round-up, Beckie! I SO want to do something like this in our “new” (old) house we’re buying!! We have the perfect space for it :)

  • http://www.heidimilton.com Heidi @ Decor & More

    Great ideas! I’ve been considering this idea to add storage and give a different look to our breakfast room. Thanks for sharing!

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  • http://tenderarts.blogspot.com Bettsi

    For homes with small children, banquette seating is the best! I really love the inspiration room and the tutorials you found are spot on. Mostly, I enjoyed this “exercise” in looking at a space and then figuring out how to DIY- something we can all try to do! Thanks!

  • http://www.freestylinbeth.com Beth @ Free Stylin’

    I LOVE the look of banquette seating, and these ideas are so doable! Thanks for the roundup! My only wish is that I could learn to make a banquette that I could take with me once we move…we’re renters. Hmm. I’ll be on the lookout.