Banquettes add style, functionality and, in this case, storage.

How to Make a Banquette Out of Kitchen Cabinets

by Matt Brown

Adding a banquette to your home creates a cozy nook for seating, dining, reading and countless other activities. Building your banquette out of kitchen cabinets allows the space to perform the additional function of storage. Select 24-inch-high cabinets, typically used as wall cabinets above sinks, refrigerators or ranges, to create the right height for seating. Customize the color, molding and hardware to match the cabinets in your kitchen or just choose materials that fit your style.

1 Construct a 4-inch high platform for the cabinets to sit on from 2x4-inch lumber. Secure it to the floor, driving decking screws through the 2x4’s and into floor joists.

2 Place the cabinet or cabinets you will be using as the center of your banquette onto the platform. If using more than one cabinet, secure them to each other by driving wood screws through their adjoining sides.

3 Attach filler panels to the outside corners of your center cabinets with wood screws. This will create the space required for the doors on the outer cabinets to open.

4 Attach the outer cabinets to the filler pieces by driving wood screws through the side walls into the filler.

5 Secure the entire banquette to the back and side walls with decking screws driven through the cabinets’ back panels and into the walls’ studs.

6 Screw cleats, cut from 2x4-inch lumber, to the back wall and side walls in the corners where there is no cabinetry. The top of each cleat should be at the same height as the top of your cabinets.

7 Create the top surface of your banquette by tracing its dimensions onto a piece of MDF and cutting it out with a jig saw. Lay the cut MDF onto the top of the cabinets, resting the corners on the installed cleats. Screw the MDF top into the cleats and the cabinet’s side walls.

8 Finish the banquette with toe kick molding to cover the floor platform and ogee molding covering the corner of the MDF top. Toe kick molding is typically glued in place and ogee molding should be nailed with 1-inch finish nails. Add cushions for comfortable seating.

Items you will need

  • 2 x 4 lumber
  • Decking screws
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Filler panels
  • MDF
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • 1-inch finish nails

Warning

  • Always wear eye protection when cutting, drilling and nailing.

Photo Credits

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