Full disclosure: I was prompted to write this post because of my sister's living room. Her Brooklyn apartment is surprisingly spacious, but the main living space has an unusual L-shape that is broken up by a staircase. My solution? Building a custom-made banquette — a long bench placed against or built into a wall. Banquettes offer an efficient use of space, since they're built specifically for the area they're placed in, and often also feature built-in storage under the seats. Whether you have an oddly proportioned living space or are simply looking for ways to maximize a room's efficiency, one of these banquettes might just inspire you to install one in your own home. Let's take a look!
Save Space and Add Style With Banquettes