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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for We decided to make a seating bench in our eat in kitchen. I did a post about my desire to have a bench and in the reader comments, Vez, a fellow home blogger, reminded me that Samantha Pynn had recently done a project using Ikea cabinets to make a bench. That was the inspiration that made this project actually happen. (A nice reminder that I should post my dilemas on this blog, as the readers always seem to have the right answers) Here is how you too can make one.

Step 1: BUILDING THE BASE

(A) Get Ikea Cabinets (Lidingo Kitchen Cabinets, (34″ Deep, 15″ High) Ikea)
We bought 3 Ikea Upper Cabinets to fit our 96″ space. We brought in our dimensions to Ikea, and they helped us pick the right cabinet widths. There are 2 sizes of cabinets the layout. The middle is slightly wider. I’ll be honest….It wasn’t inexpensive to buy the cabinets. But the convinience of building them, and the extra storage this created, was well worth it.

(B) Raise the cabinets off the ground
We raised the cabinets off the ground using long planks of wood. One 96″ lengh at the front, and one 96″ lengh at the back, like a train track. This is so that the doors could actually open. If we hadn’t done this, the doors would scrape on the floor. We also did this to allow for air flow, as at the very right hand size of the bench, there is an air vent….and we weren’t going to move that!


(Kitchen Bench, before cushion)

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Step 2: CUSHION

  • We added a 4″ foam cushion not only for comfort, but to bring the bench up to the right height needed for a table. (The right height is 18″ -18.5″ for a seat bench).
  • My Mom and I went down to Designer Fabrics here in Toronto to find the fabric for the bench. We needed A LOT of fabric. It’s 8 feet long, and we did it double sided so incase a spill happens, we can “flip” the cushion. So there is no bad side.
  • When Mom was making the bench cushion, she decided to wrap the cushion in dacron for some added plushness.

My Mom also made me a back cushion in the matching fabric by taking 6 standard pillows that we’re on sale for 50% off, and using the filler to create one long pillow. Shes a genius.


Above: Our Cushion, made my by my Mom

And….

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Above: Our new kitchen bench

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UPDATE
I ended up really not loving the pink & red fabric so I ended up re-doing the bench cushion. (Here is the post as to why I ended up not loving it) But below is the new and improved version of the bench! LOVE IT! here are the updated photos.

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Ps., A little history….Why a kitchen bench?
For the last 20 years I had eaten my meals on a bench at my parents house. It was comfy to me, and just made a house a home. Below is a picture of my first bench…How awesome is this bench that we got to eat at for our childhood!! (I used to eat on the BLUE seat)


(Bench at my parents for 1 last update 2020/05/28 house, picture when they bought the house)
(Bench at my parents house, picture when they bought the house)

That bench stayed there until a few years ago, until when my parents renovated. We were sad to see the rainbow bench go, but thankfully, the kitchen bench just got “updated”….. not removed. πŸ™‚


(Post reno, a kitchen bench is still there for me to sit at)
Resource List
New Chandelier – Hampton Bay, from Home Depot $139 View Online

Bench Cabinets – Lidingo Kitchen Cabinets, (34″ Deep, 15″ High) Ikea
Fabric + piping for the bench – Designer Fabrics
Inspiration for the Cabinet Bench, Pure Design with Samantha Pynn. Click here for episode




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    Anonymous
    November 18, 2009 at 1:23 am

    This is fabulous! I actually spent the better part of last Saturday morning at Ikea, trying to figure out how to accomplish this very same thing! One question, can you explain how you mounted the cabinets on 1" boards? Is it just a frame, or is it actually a sheet the full length/width of the cabinets that is 1" thick?

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    Lindsay
    November 18, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Thank you! It was pretty easy to do after knowing the right cabinets…remember you want to get "upper" cabinets, as base cabinets don't come with tops (as they assume a counter will be going on top)

    We got 2 96" lenghs of wood, one piece for the front, one piece for the back, so it's kind of like two skis. πŸ˜‰ They are simply resting beneath the cabinets. We put felt pads on the bottom of the wood, so that if there was movement, it wouldn't hurt our floor.

    You could take it one step further and glue the wood to the cabinets for extra stability, which we *may* do, but for now this works.

    You could do a different height of wood, we just chose this heigh so that we could have a deeper cushion, as I felt as though it would be nicer on the tush. πŸ™‚

    I hope this helps! But if I've left anything out let me know. πŸ™‚

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    Kay*
    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for November 18, 2009 at 1:37 am

    this is just going to be fantastic! can't wait to see the finished product. i've thought of doing this in my small space but don't think it would work as well because of the layout..so i just picked up a $35 dining table at the thrift store and am now trying to track down white eames shell chairs (like yours!)

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    vez
    November 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Looking good!

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    amyoliver
    November 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Fantastic, what a great job! It will look amazing with the cushion on it!! Well done

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    Venessa
    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for November 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    looks great and seems pretty simple! can't wait to see that cushion complete!

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    Anonymous
    November 19, 2009 at 2:00 am

    I noticed that in the before picture there is a floor register…how did you deal with this? Or was is just covered by the Ikea cabinets?

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    Hopeless Chest
    November 19, 2009 at 2:38 am

    that's the 1 last update 2020/05/28 going to look great! i would love to do a banquette in my kitchen, but the layout is too awkward with a door on EVERY wall.that's going to look great! i would love to do a banquette in my kitchen, but the layout is too awkward with a door on EVERY wall.

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    Pip
    November 19, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I love this idea so much. We've been wanting to do something built-in under our living room window and this is so much easier than building something from scratch! Now to find a door the 1 last update 2020/05/28 style that will match… ;o)I love this idea so much. We've been wanting to do something built-in under our living room window and this is so much easier than building something from scratch! Now to find a door style that will match… ;o)

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    Lindsay
    November 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you! Anonymous – The venting comes out the side now. πŸ˜‰

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    Sharon
    November 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Lindsay … this is fabulous. It looks custom … and when you get the cushion it will be perfect. Congrats … don't you love it when a project works just the way you envisioned it?

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row
    November 19, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I think you guys are great – this will be perfect with all the cushions! I love it.

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    Freckles Chick
    November 20, 2009 at the 1 last update 2020/05/28 2:36 amNovember 20, 2009 at 2:36 am

    It TOTALLY looks like a custom built-in; not Ikea-ish at all! And that's even w/out your for 1 last update 2020/05/28 sure-to-be-chic custom cushion. Can't wait to see it, L!It TOTALLY looks like a custom built-in; not Ikea-ish at all! And that's even w/out your sure-to-be-chic custom cushion. Can't wait to see it, L!

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    Sara @ Russet Street Reno
    November 24, 2009 at 2:17 am

    It's just perfect!!

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    Sweet T
    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for January 11, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Lindsay, Are these the Akurum line cabinets @ $110 each?

    Thanks!

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    Lindsay
    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for January 11, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Sweet T —- That sounds like the cabinets that we bought! I know that they were 24" in depth and approx 15" in height…The widths vary. Based on the lenght of space that we had, the Ikea staff helped us pick a configuration that worked….

    If you can see in our picture, our "middle" cabinets are slightly wider than the two cabinets that sandwhich it. So the price may vary depending on the width. But I know that the cabinets + doors, came to I think $400 (don't quote me, I may be way off…I block out prices, so the shock doesn't linger too long.)

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Here is my tip….What I did was actually bring in a picture (from Samatha's makeover) of the cabinets to Ikea for 1 last update 2020/05/28 and they helped us pick them. πŸ™‚Here is my tip….What I did was actually bring in a picture (from Samatha's makeover) of the cabinets to Ikea and they helped us pick them. πŸ™‚

    I hope the 1 last update 28 May 2020 this helps!I hope this helps!

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    Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow
    January 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Lindsay, I love you blog. I arrived here from http://home23duncanboys.blogspot.com/ where she talked about your famous nightstand makeover!

    I love this banquette and remember seeing it in last years Ikea catalog. Now I have to figure out how to make it work in my semi bay window. Great job!

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