kitchen DIY banquette with storage
I will show off my pictures and then also the tutorial a long with the measurements and cuts we had to make and then you can customize it for your space. One great and easy fix was that I used body pillows with covers as the cushions on my seat. I know! Crazy right? At target the body pillows are only $10 each and the covers I got on clearance for $5. It's a long cheaper and easier than custom and for this shape, it fit better than outdoor seat cushions. They don't fit perfect but they fit pretty well actually and are super comfy to sit on.
The measurements for a kitchen nook.
So these are the cuts for the frame.Bench part #1 (the longer one)
10 a's - 12.75 inches
1 b- 10 inches
4 c's -17 inches
4 d's- 45 inches
If you want to make it exactly as we did, you also will want to make part 2 and that one is exactly the same except it is 5 inches shorter so 40 inches.
Here are the cuts for the finishing wood:You should measure your frame once its done and alter these cuts as needed because sometimes if you don't frame it perfectly, my cuts could be off up to a quarter inch for you and so it's best to put together the frame and then measure and see if any of yours are different the measurements that worked for us for the finishing wood.
The wood we used was 3/4 of an inch, if you use a different thickness, you will need to adjust your measurements.
1- 53 3/4 x 15 1/2 wood (lid)
1- 53 3/4 x 3 1/2 (back base that attaches to the hinge)
1- 35 7/8 x 15 3/4 (front) (this is longer because it gets covered by the bench #2)
2- 17x 15 3/4 (one on each side)
Borders on the finishing wood 4 - 8 3/4 x 3 1/2 and 2- 47 7/8 x 3 1/2 and they are also 3/4 of an inch thick. For bench 2, you will need 4 - 8 3/4 x 3 1/2 and 2- 47 7/8 x 3 1/2
(Bench #2 - instead of 35 7/8 x 15 3/4, it's 471/8 x 15 3/4, instead of 53 3/4 x 3 1/2, it's 47x 3 1/2, instead of 53 3/4 x 15 1/2, it's 47 x 15 1/2)
Other materials needed:
Table saw, we tried to use a circular and the cuts weren't always straight enough so we got ours cut at Home Depot since we do not own a table saw. This is especially important that they are straight for the wood around the frame since that is what will be seen and noticeable. For the frame we used our circular saw for most of it and did fine. Home depot typically charges .25 per cut but you could call your local Home Depot for more information.
Pocket Hole Jig Bit