Sofa Dining

I’m daydreaming about redecorating my dining room. It is so much less expensive than actually decorating.

I’ve long been a fan of built-in banquettes. They look inviting and allow for an extra guest to squeeze in.

Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy


built in dining bench
Petra Gustafsson

This one below is probably my favorite of the bunch. Perfection.

S & Company

The problem is tho that banquettes are such a commitment. You can’t just move the furniture around if you change your mind. That and the cost of hiring a builder have always kept me from actually ever implementing this decorating concept in my own living space.

Which is why I’m delighted to stumble upon the trend called sofa dining. Why have I only just heard of this? This one below is nice. Maybe just a little too austere.

sofa dining len alberti

This one looks comfier. Maybe a little too “country” looking for me.

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My Notting Hill

If you Google “sofa dining” or search on Pinterest you’ll see examples like the ones above. Much of what I found was too fancy and overstuffed for me. Perhaps the solution is a DIY dining sofa. This Maple Sofa by Farrah Sit & Rebecca Atwood is great inspiration. You’d just need to raise the seat to be table height.

diy dining table couch

But now I need to hire a builder again. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Sofa Dining

  1. Gloria November 15, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Is this really a thing? That was the setup when i was growing up. I bet that half the people in Spain “practice” sofa dining

  2. coliehaahr November 15, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    I love your blog. I am trying to figure out a way to use my late grandparents’ bench in a dining/project area in my living room! Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. poisonivydesign November 15, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Jenn, I suggest adding casters to the last couch and that way you can move it around to clean under as well give it some additional height. No builder required, just turn it over and screw on the casters. Have fun!

  4. JacqB November 18, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Love the sofa dining idea! And the cozy nook too. And the commenter who mentioned casters…brilliant.

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