DIY Kitchen Bench Building Ideas Plans Free

Diy Ideas Kitchens Dining Room Decor Ideas Bench Seats Black And forest seatswindows coloring Diy kitchen bench building ideas workbench lightsRaw wood pawn benchL molded benchPosition of workbench under windowsThe bench positionBench. To dress up the banquette and hide the unfinished plywood edges of the top, wrap the face of the unit in decorative baseboard. Below is a before photo of the bench that used to sit at the foot of our bed in the master bedroom. The lengths of those cabinets weren’t perfect either-again, it was going to take more effort to get the right size for our space. Two of the large cushions were not big enough to cover the full length of the bench. Obviously, planning to build a kitchen banquette in a new home is easier than when doing full or partial kitchen renovation.

You could take it one step further and glue the wood to the cabinets for extra stability, which we may do, but for now this works. Although we had plenty of kitchen storage now thanks to our renovation, we could create even more storage by having the banquette seating double as low cabinets. I see these IKEA bookshelf-turned-window seats a lot online, but they’re mostly in kid’s playrooms and would love to get your experience on how yours is accommodating adult’s body weight.

The height is perfect for eating at the kitchen table, which I moved out of the way for this pic. Lay the birch plywood on top of the cabinets, and trace the shape of the cabinets onto it. Cut the plywood to fit the tops of the cabinets, paint it to match and screw it to the tops of the cabinets. When the frame was finished, I wedged it between the cabinets at the front of the seat area. Bay windows are traditional sites for banquette seating, and a semicircular design makes practical, elegant use of this sunny space.

After a mini kitchen reno, you can see the entire kitchen on a budget project here We also added the banquette area to the right of the kitchen. But I’m not handy with tools or building — so I’m always on the hunt for easy DIY ideas even I could do. A banquette is a built-in hinged-top storage bench often used in conjunction with a table to create a dining area. Here are 9 cool DIY banquettes ideas to help you make your kitchen more cozy and enjoyable.


Not only that pallet bench is super cool and modern but it is also really easy to make and you can find pallets everywhere. With the long, rectangular table this area can easily seat six and it makes great use of a very pretty corner with wonderful views. I bought three along with a drawer insert for storage ($20) and a few days later – a new banquette for $50 and way less effort. I came up with the genius idea (my opinion, not his) to build our own banquette to fit into our space perfectly.

In order for our bench to sit flush against our wall, we did take our Multi Tool (using the saw blade) to notch out a small segment of our baseboards where each of the legs were. Just 1 more idea to add to the gazillion other design ideas floating around in your head for this project, Kate. In 1950 the kitchen was added on and a banquette built in. Mine is longer on the right side but other than, identical. I then laid the foam down again and placed the bench back with the attached foam face down.

Before starting on the cushion upholstery, I covered the front edge of the banquette frame. This corner seating area includes a custom banquette that easily goes from breakfast nook to home office. For inspiring renovation ideas that go beyond the dining room, visit our Home Makeover Heroes board on Pinterest! In fact I’m going to pick up the Docksta tulip table from Ikea for my latest re-do. With the addition of 3 inches of foam I’d end up with a perfect bench for table height. My favourite is the one with the white oval table and the fancy centre banquette. I wanted to be able to accessorize the table any way I wanted without having to worry about matching the banquette.

In a small apartment, the banquette corner is created by placing one leg of the seating space at a right angle to a wall so the back forms a low room divider and an artificial nook high enough to support back cushions. I really wanted the kitchen to be this really neutral space with a few pops of color. These are the cabinets designed to sit above refrigerators and built-in microwaves. The final step is to finish off the banquette by filling any nail holes with stainable/paintable wood putty and painting or staining it. My Mom and I went down to Designer Fabrics here in Toronto to find the fabric for the bench.

Then it struck us that the Ikea mattress cover was fabric and a waterproof layer with batting stitched in between. Mark the position on the wall behind the cabinets with a pencil where each cabinet box begins and ends, then remove the cabinets and set them aside. This also allows me to still plug things into the wall sockets that are now behind the banquette. Building the banquette onto a basic frame also allows you more freedom to choose the style of banquette you want for your kitchen or dining room. Check out Cape 27 for a breakdown of Jessie and Rick’s beautiful and functional DIY banquette.

As much as I loved the way those cabinets worked for Kate, I was a little nervous about how they would work for us. Those upper cabinets came in two depths: 12 inches or 24 inches. Lay out the cabinets end to end in the configuration you want them installed in. Measure the cabinet length, and lay out and cut two-by-fours to lay along this length. Now see some brilliant decorated kitchens with kitchen banquette, and maybe you will find inspiration.