Want further seating at your kitchen desk however you’ll be able to’t fairly squeeze in one other chair? Construct a banquette bench to suit extra folks across the desk in much less house. The benchtops open up offering further house to stash issues like these occasionally-used small home equipment.
- round noticed
- orbital sander
- (8) 2×4 x 10’ lengths of lumber
- (1) 4′ x 8′ 1/2” plywood sheet
- (1) 4′ x 8′ 3/4” plywood sheet
- (4) 1/2” x 3-1/2” x 10’ pre-primed trim
- (2) 48” piano hinges
- wooden screws
- paintable wooden filler
- painter’s tape
Step 1: Put together the House
Take away baseboard and/or every other current trim items the place your bench is being put in. Then discover and mark the studs within the wall.
Step 2: Begin Body
For a nook bench, begin with the longer aspect. To get the precise measurement of the size, measure from the nook to the place the ultimate fringe of the bench shall be, then subtract 1” to accommodate the plywood and trim. Reduce two 2x4s to that measurement. We made the depth of our bench 17-1/2”. So, we lower two 2x4s to 14-1/2”, laid them contained in the longer 2x4s which added the extra 1-1/2” per aspect. Screw all 4 items collectively. Then construct an similar rectangle for the higher a part of the bench.
Step 3: Construct Field
To make the 4 vertical components of the body, lower 4 2×4 to 9-3/4”. Screw them upright on every of the 4 corners. Place the second rectangle on high of the 4 upright items. Screw all of the items collectively to create a field. Slide it into place.
Step 4: Body Second Aspect
To find out the dimensions of the shorter aspect of the banquette, measure from the sting of the primary framed field to the place you need the ultimate edge to be, then subtract 1” for plywood and trim. Repeat the steps for constructing the primary field utilizing this size as an alternative. Slide the brief field subsequent to the lengthy field and screw them collectively. Push the frames again into the nook and screw them to the wall. You’ll want to screw into the wall studs and use a stage whereas screwing to ensure the body goes in straight and even.
Step 5: Reinforce Framing
Step 6: Face Body With PlywoodReduce two 17-1/2” x 16-3/4” items of 1/2” plywood, pre-drill, and screw them onto the ends of every field. Reduce one piece of 1/2” plywood 16-3/4” tall and the size of the lengthy face of the bench from the inside nook to the sting together with the top piece of plywood you simply put in. Screw this piece onto the lengthy face. Measure and lower a 1/2” piece of plywood to cowl the remaining shorter face and set up.
Step 7: Set up TrimReduce the 1/2” x 3-1/2” primed trim into eight 16-3/4” items. Pre-drill and screw them vertically onto every edge and nook of the face of the benches (Picture 1). Measure and lower eight trim items to suit horizontally between every of the vertical items. Then lower two 9-3/4” items to place vertically in the midst of every bench face (Picture 2). Pre-drill earlier than screwing to stop the wooden from splitting. Sand the highest edges of the benches to clean out any unevenness, this may assist be sure that the benchtops will sit flush (Picture 3).
Step 8: Put together Lids
Reduce a 17-5/8” x 17-5/8” sq. piece of 3/4” plywood and screw it down onto the nook of the bench (this piece shall be stationary). Measure and lower two items of 3/4” plywood for the benchtop/lids. Every bit shall be 16-3/8” x the size (the sting of the bench to the sq. piece within the nook). To make the stationary piece of benchtop that may go in opposition to the wall, rip a 1-7/8” piece lengthwise from every of the lid items and screw them face down alongside the wall on all sides of the bench. Lay the remaining bigger items of the lids face-up on the bench. Depart a 1/16” hole between the plywood items for the hinge. When the lid items are set, use a pencil to mark the place you’ll need to chop a diagonal notch from the inside corners of the lids to allow them to shut with out overlapping.
Step 9: Set up Hinges
Heart the piano hinges on the inside edges of the plywood lids, screwing them in by hand (Picture 1). Begin with the middle screw so you’ll be able to connect the hinge after which correctly align the sides earlier than placing within the remaining screws. Then lay the lids within the open place and screw the opposite aspect of the hinges to the 1-7/8” piece (Picture 2). Shut every lid to ensure every little thing is aligned.
Step 10: Prep and Paint
Use a sander to clean out any tough edges inside and outside. You’ll want to sand the faces of all of the separate items of trim so they appear to kind one stable floor. Vacuum after which wipe the floor to take away all mud. Fill all screw holes and hairline gaps with a paintable wooden filler. Paint as desired.
Step 11: Stash Objects
Use your new storage to release house in your kitchen. For further consolation, high the benches with cushions and luxuriate in your customized kitchen nook.