6 Stylish Outdoor Banquette Ideas
Liz Stewart, original photo on Houzz
The reasons for having a banquette indoors are well known. Banquettes save space, can accommodate more people than chairs and can be outfitted with storage. Considering those compelling points, why wouldn’t you take the concept from kitchen to patio? Here are some designers who did.
1. Hillside tamer. When interior designer Liz Stewart replaced the concrete deck in this project, she added a concrete bench and covered it with colorful pillows. She says that what was once a falling-down hillside is now a great entertaining area.
New Eco Landscapes, original photo on Houzz
2. Style and storage. The designers at New Eco Landscapes were also working within an urban envelope when they tackled this Brooklyn, New York, garden. The owners wanted to transform a fully paved yard into an entertaining oasis. A raised planter morphs into banquette seating to make a sleek eating space.
Many homeowners use the space underneath a banquette seat for storage, but when it’s outside, using that space to stow outdoor cushions is particularly smart. In this home there’s no walking to and fro from the garage with armloads of cushions — they are already at hand.
Harold Leidner Landscape Architects, original photo on Houzz
3. Curves ahead. When the designers at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects created this serpentine concrete banquette, they gave a relatively small area as much seating as a large living room. The curves get the conversation started by allowing groups to face each other.
Town and Country Gardens, original photo on Houzz
4. Outdoor sectional. This rooftop garden, by Town and Country Gardens, feels larger and has more seating with a banquette. The tall grass and grapevine pruned to resemble a tree make the urban garden that’s mostly hardscape seem greener and softer.
C. Marie Designs Inc, original photo on Houzz
5. Corner pockets. Another rooftop garden, this one by C. Marie Designs, takes a corner-pocket approach to seating areas. In one corner you have a banquette under a pergola that acts as a sofa.
Debora Carl Landscape Design, original photo on Houzz
6. Block party. For this San Diego outdoor retreat, landscape designer Debora Carl built a banquette out of concrete blocks and added a smooth finish with a colored wall stucco.
This article was originally published on Houzz.com
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