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We have a tight space in the kitchen that we use as our dining area, and the table and chair set we have now is too big for the space.  Ever since we moved into the house we have wanted to make banquette seating to utilize the space better.

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Old dining set in the space

I have been looking at Pinterest over the past year, trying to get inspiration for our space. I really wanted to have additional storage, but knew that wouldn’t work for the entire banquette. The short wall isn’t wide enough and the table would stick out, so we had to do a open bench on the long wall and a closed storage on the short wall.

Supplies We Purchased:

  • 2x3s or 2x4s (we used 2x3s to save a little bit of money)
  • 1/4″ thick plywood
  • trim
  • 1″ thick project plywood
  • Piano hinge
  • Wood filler
  • Wood glue
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Paint/stain
  • Screws (3/4″, 2 1/2″, & 4″)
  • Metal brackets (5″and 6″)

Tools Needed: 

  • Drill
  • Miter saw
  • Table or circular saw
  • Air compressor and finish nailer gun

Step One: Frame the banquette and attach to wall

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I’m sure glad he loves me, because he was not happy he had to get in a space he barely fit!

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All framed.  We had to build off the wall because nothing in our old home is level.  It made for a long day, because every board was different length.

Step Two: Attach 1/4″ thick plywood to sides

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It was 4 degrees out, without the windchill, so cutting outside was not an option.  I also realized that Ryan needs a pair of eye protectors.  Sunglasses just don’t cut it!

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All wrapped in plywood, and starting to take form. We cut the plywood with the circular saw (although if you have a table saw it would be easier to cut) and attached it to the frame with the finish nailer gun.

Step Three: Attach Trim

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We cut the trim with the miter saw and attached with the finish nailer gun.

Step Four: Cut the tops

The top we used a circular saw to cut.  Ryan’s uncle helped us with the tops, and finished the edges with 1/4″ think strips.  For the seat that had the storage we cut a 1/2″ wide board to attach the piano hinge.

Step Five: Paint (lighting sanding between each coat)/Stain

I painted the base of the banquette the same color as our cabinets, and stained the bench tops the same color as the selves in the open shelving we have in the kitchen.banquettebanquette2

Step Six: Fill holes with wood filler and lightly sand when dry

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We had to attach the two smaller bases to the wall with metal brackets that reached over to a stud, since there wasn’t one behind them. The end base we did screw right into the floor to a spot that would never show if the banquette was removed.

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I will paint the brackets on the wall the same color as the wall to help conceal t hem. The ones on the base, I painted the same color as the base.

Step Seven: Attach top

One side of the banquette we attached with a piano hinge, so it could be utilized as storage.banquette5

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Our walls are very bowed and with the direction we are opening the seat it hits the wall.  We sanded down the side against the wall as much as we could without creating a big gap, but I have a feeling we will be redoing this side to open the other direction down the line . . . .

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All that was left to do was to push the table in place! I am super excited on how it turned out, and now we have a piece of furniture that fits in our small space.

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