The banquette is back, y’all! And no one is more excited about the return of built-in dining nooks a.k.a. homework stations than yours truly. Not only does this resurgence take me back to the early 90’s-era breakfast nook of my childhood (the fabric choice was a unique one on the part of my mother), but in a perfect world, don’t we all prefer the booth side of a table when given the choice?

Looking to some of our favorite designers and tastemakers as inspiration, the coziness of booth seating is now something we can all enjoy in our own homes.

From modern to trad, there’s no wrong way to bring this trend into your kitchen. Just take it from these 10 incredible (and incredibly different) interpretations.

*photo of Emily Henderson’s home by Sara Ligorria-Tramp for House Beautiful

Hayley’s colorful beachside home is bursting with unexpected pattern and family-friendly furniture solutions.

A built-in bench topped with linen cushions creates the perfect cozy corner in this rustic Mallorca house.

Heather Taylor certainly has a way of combining classic design with unexpected color. Her LA kitchen is one of our favorites!

In her family vacation home, Emily Henderson designed an epic custom banquette, covered in kid-proof leather.

In Garance Doré’s California home, a built-in banquette meets ultra modern design with a striped linen cushion and a raw natural leather bolster.

This built-in dining bench with a view makes for the best seat in the house.

Warm woods and rust-colored leather draw you in to the breakfast nook in this Spanish Revival home, designed by Amber Interiors.

We love the warmth and earthy palette in this custom breakfast nook, photographed by Nicole Franzen.

This Northern California home keeps things classic and comfortable.

The L-shaped banquette in this Brooklyn flat serves as both a beautiful design element, and a major space saver.

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