Build a Custom Banquette Corner Bench


 Free up space in your kitchen and add seating with a custom banquette corner bench that you can build to fit your space. It can even add storage if you need that!

Other great kitchen ideas that are a great addition to this banquette corner bench: a rustic bench, add a built-in breakfast bar, or add a faux brick backsplash.

Banquette Bench Inspiration

Looking for more banquette inspiration? Check out these banquette benches we love, and scroll down for the details of Chelsea’s banquette corner bench building.

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A colorful and comfy corner banquette bench, BHGCorner Banquette | via Better Homes and Gardens

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Build a Custom Corner Banquette Bench

by Chelsea the Pinterior Designer

   Build your own custom banquette corner bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic

We have a larger kitchen, which I’m not complaining about, there’s just a lot of open space and our hand-me-down table was looking a little lonely. I came up with the genius idea to build our own banquette to fit into our space perfectly.

kitchen before banquette corner bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic

We went to Lowe’s to gather our supplies. We weren’t 100% sure what all we needed, but decided we’d just keep looking till we figured the project out. I think that’s the secret to this whole DIY thing. We’ve accepted that we’re not experts and that we will most likely run into problems along the way. Keeping that perspective in mind helps us accept the fact that we will mess up and our projects won’t always seem perfect at first, but not to give up. We left Lowe’s with a car full of supplies

buying lumber for the dining banquette corner bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic
List of supplies and tools:

Supplies:

  • 2 sheets of plywood (we had Lowe’s rip the boards in half so we could fit it in the car)
  • 1 sheet of veneer plywood to use for the front of the bench
  • 2 – 1 x 10 x 8 boards (for the top of the bench)
  • 10 – 2 x 3 studs for the frame
  • 8 – 1 x 3s for the trim and supporting the headboard
  • Metal brackets + nuts and bolts to attach the headboard

Tools:

  • Power Sander (or just sand paper)
  • Miter Saw Nail Gun + Air Compressor (we wish we had a finish nailer for this project though)
  • Circular Saw

Building Tutorial

The first step was to remove the baseboard and build the frame. If you can build a box, then congratulations! You can do this project!

Use a miter saw to cut your 2 x 3s to the correct measurements. We cut our boards to a length of 76 inches long and the width of the support pieces were 17.5 inches. If we could redo the banquette, I would have done this part differently! I am the literal worst at measuring. We should have made the support pieces only 15 inches long because our banquette is a little too tall once you add the 1 x 10s and the cushion. You win some, you lose some.

Because we didn’t have the correct tools, we made way more work for ourselves. So frustrating. Every time we attached 2 x 3s together, we held them in place with a brad nail, then went back with the drill and secured them with 3.5 inch wood screws. We had a finish nailer in our cart at Lowe’s but decided not to pull the trigger (pun intended) on the purchase. After hours of drilling, we were kicking ourselves for not biting the bullet and just buying it.

build a corner banquette bench frame first step, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic
Once the first frame was built, we repeated it for the other side of the banquette, but only made the length 70 inches long to fit in the space we had. The next step was attach the 2 frames together with the wood screws.

attaching two frames for a corner banquette bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic
From there, we added the front of the bench which was a veneer board. Cut the board using a circular saw and attach it to the front using a brad nail gun. Since the veneer is so thin, that’s all it needs to stay in place. We decided not to finish the back side of the banquette because no one would ever see it. Why do extra work for no reason?!

adding a front to the banquette corner bench frames, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic
Next up was adding the trim. I wanted to keep the trim modern and coordinate with the board and batten we have in our dining room. We cut the 1 x 3’s using the miter saw and attached using the nail gun only. First, we added the outside border of the trim, then we went back and added the vertical pieces which were 12 and 6/8 long. The end pieces were 14 inches across by 18 inches long.

use 1x3s to trim a banquette corner bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic
Next up, we attached the headboards which were also custom-made. I scoured Pinterest for inspiration and ended up with a belgrave shaped design. I drew my design on a piece of poster board and traced it on each side. Using the circular saw, we cut out the pattern. The headboards sizes are 76 x 25 and 70 x 25.

Then, I adhered 1.5 inch foam from Joann’s with spray adhesive. Cover the entire headboard with batting and attach with a staple gun.

Then, upholster the headboard with fabric. I used a faux vinyl-like clearance fabric from Joann’s that cost about $12 per yard. I bought 4 yards just to be safe and I have plenty left over. This was one of my first times trying to upholster anything and there was a ton of trial and error involved. Brooke, from All Things Thrifty, has a ton of great tutorials so I wouldn’t have been able to complete this project if it wasn’t for her great instructions.

To attach the headboard we used two different methods. For the left bench, we used metal brackets that we bought from Lowe’s. We chose the brackets because the bench needed to sit flush against the wall and this allowed there to be almost no gap between the bench and the wall.

Before upholstering the headboard, Nate drilled a hole for the bolt, stuck it through, and screwed the nut on to keep it in place. Once it was time to attach the headboard, we simply removed the nut, slide the bolt into the metal bracket which we attached to the bench, and screwed the nut back on. Sorry I don’t have any pictures of this part.

attach headboard backrest to banquette bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic

For the right bench, we worried about the window right behind the headboard. We didn’t want anyone to accidentally break the window by leaning too hard into it. To add more stability, we attached 3 1 x 3s to the bottom of the bench. We then screwed the 2 x 3s into the headboard using the same wood screws as the frame.

attach headboard backrest to banquette bench with 1x3 boards, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic

Next, cut and attach the 1 x 10s to the top of the bench frame with wood screws.

From there, it was just finishing work! We sanded down all of the trim pieces to make them look connected. I caulked all of the seams, spackled then sanded nail and screw holes, and then prepared to paint.

I painted the bench Ultra White by Valspar in semi-gloss which is what I use on all the trim in our house. I had to be super careful around the headboard and I really wished I would have painted it before I attached the whiteboards.

sand and paint corner banquette bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic
To create the bench, I used the same process as the headboard. I cut a piece of plywood using the circular saw, attached 3 inch foam using spray adhesive, covered the whole thing with batting and stapled it down using a staple gun, and finally covered it with black fabric. I can’t remember the name of the fabric, but it was just a basic black cotton that cost less than $5 a yard. I chose simple black and white colors because I wanted to have a clean backdrop to pair with holiday table settings and patterned pillows. I wanted to be able to accessorize the table any way I wanted without having to worry about matching the banquette.

finished corner banquette bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic
The project took us one weekend to complete with plenty of breaks in between. There was definitely a learning curve involved + WAY too many trips back to Lowe’s, Joann’s, and A.C. Moore to pick up extra supplies. Hopefully this tutorial will help spare you some of the problems we encountered along the way.

The total cost was about $250, which we were pretty pleased with because when you think about it, we now have a piece of furniture that fits perfectly, maximizes the space we have, and works perfectly with our design style. I’d call that a win!

corner banquette bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholictrim on dining banquette bench, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholiccorner banquette bench with headboard backrest, Pinterior Designer featured on Remodelaholic

After you build a banquette corner bench, you might want a new dining table to build or buy. Not sure what height to build your bench, we’ve got tips for getting the right height.

Please be sure to pin this project for later reference:

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Thanks for being our guest, Chelsea! Love the banquette!

Hi. I’m Chelsea and I’m addicted to DIY. Right now, I’m imagining you all responding with the cliché choral response of “Hi, Chelsea.” It’s true, though. I am addicted to DIY and I’m not afraid to say it. I write a fairly new blog called Pinterior Designer where I share how to’s and stories about how I’m slowly upgrading my builder basic house one project at a time. Unfortunately for my husband, Nate, I DIY on a whim so he’ll often come home from a trip or a long day of work to coated counter tops or a repainted guest room with a faux picture frame design. I’ve learned that I can’t control the crazy, so I’m just embracing it. I’m not quite sure if he feels the same way…

Originally published 1.3.2014 // Updated 3.25.2020

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