Kitchen Makeover Project: DIY Nooks and Banquettes


If your kitchen is way too small for your everyday needs, we totally understand you. Always being short on chairs is very frustrating, especially if you love hanging out with your friends and preparing meals for more than four people. Upgrading your kitchen nook is absolutely essential here – building a banquette bench from scratch will give you much more to work with – starting with more seating options and visually extended space. If you’re up for some DIY projects, stay with us. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a bench for your kitchen while saving some space at the same time. Enjoy!

How can I build a banquette bench and upgrade my kitchen nook?
Well, first of all, you will have to measure the area where your bench is going to be installed. This is crucial because you definitely want every inch of your space to be utilized to the maximum. Once that is done, follow the step outlined below.

Difficulty Cost Time Age Person Event
$1 to $25
1-2 Hours
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Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    Building the frame is the first step towards getting your perfect banquette bench. Make sure that you have chosen a comfortable height for it and prepare thick boards that will serve as a base. Use a drill to make holes for your screws. A high-quality Grizzly drill press will do wonders for you – its fantastic features provide an excellent service. You can always use a base board that will help you get your bench extra secured to the wall. However, if you choose to attach it to the wall, make sure that you have some boards available to fill in the gap.

  • Step 2

    Painting is the next step, and you will need at least two coats of paint to get it all done. Make sure to use an electric sander to sand the plywood before painting. Once the bench is dry, it’s ready to be attached to the wall. You can always add trim all along the wall in order to hide gaps, if there are any.

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