Today I like to chow you How to build a Kitchen Nook Bench back in October 2014, due to the lack of seating space we had in our kitchen/dining area. The project was intimidating at first, but I can assure you that adding the bench to our dining area was a smart decision. We sold our home a few months later, and the nook was one of the selling points for sure.
But, today I like to show you how we put it all together. I will be listing the items we used, as I go along with the tutorial. Enjoy!
How to Build a Kitchen Nook Bench
Build the frame, we used 12- 2×4’s to build the frame for a 12’x6′ bench.
- measure the area where your bench is going to be installed
- Make sure you choose a comfortable height for your bench
- cut your 2×4’s, and use a kreg jig to make vertical holes for your screws
The next step was my favorite option for us. I decided to leave the baseboard at the bottom and work around it.
We attached a 3/4-inch thick board onto the wall, to close the gap. This board was also used to secure the bench to the wall.
- If you leave your baseboard on the wall, make sure to have some extra boards available to fill in the gap.
- Should you not have a baseboard, continue with securing the bench frame to the wall. I recommend using a few good screw hooks!
In this next step I attached 3/4-inch plywood to the front and sides (your home improvement store will cut the wood for you).
- Measure the front, and the sides of your bench frame
- Our baseboard was sticking out, so I cut the shape of it out with a table saw (leftover base board always comes in handy)
- We used 1 sheet of 3/4-inch plywood, and I had some scrap wood for the sides
- You also need some trim to give the bench a finished look
- I used white 3/4″x3″ trim
I used the trim to hide the ends. Cutting the trip at 45 degrees did the trick.
- Gorilla glue
- Nail gun
- Miter saw
- Electric sander
Painting the entire bench with 3-4 coats of paint + 1-2 coats of Sealer.
Once the paint and sealer had fully dried, we attached the bench to the wall.
Measure the top. It is always important to measure again once the bench is installed. Our wall was slightly uneven, which threw off some of our previous numbers.
- 1 sheet of 3/4-inch plywood
- 3/4-inch paintable, Iron-on wood veneer
- Veneer cutter
- Electric sander (sand the plywood before painting)
- Wood filler
We also added an outlet, since I planned on working in this area. The only recommendations I have for this step, is to add the outlet to the side instead to the top.
An outlet box can be found at your local home improvement store, and the extension as well. We just plugged the extension into the old existing outlet.
Attach the plywood with screws to the frame and fill in the holes with wood filler.
- Let wood filler dry 2-8h depending on the size and depth
- Add trim along the wall to hide gaps
Find the table tutorial here.